Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Upma is a healthy south indian breakfast. It is made with suji or semolina or cream of wheat. It is very versatile and you can add any number of veggies you like. I like mine with only tomatoes and a nice dose of mustard seeds. I also enjoy it a little bit spicy and it has been a good alternative to a traditional breakfast.


Suji 1 cup
Onion ½ cup, finely chopped
Green chili 1 chopped coarsely
Tomato 1 small chopped
Cilantro 2 tbsp. chopped finely
Brown Mustard
Seeds 1 tsp.
Sugar 2 tsp.
Salt ¼ tsp. or to taste
Lime Juice ¼ tsp.
Hot Water 1 ¾ cup
Oil 3 tbsp.

1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan or a wok. Add mustard seeds. Cook till they start to sputter, about 2 minutes. (be careful, they can hurt if they jump on you!)

2. Add onions and salt. Sauté the onion till the edges start to turn brown.

3. Add tomatoes and green chilis. Sauté about five minutes.

4. Add lime juice, sugar and mix well.

5. Add in the suji. Stir well. Add water and keep stirring. Bring to almost a boil.

6. Simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes or till all the water is absorbed. It shloud be soft and coming off the sides of the pan.

7. Turn off heat and stir in chopped cilantro.

Its done! Enjoy!!