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Upma with Veggies: A Delicious Indian Breakfast (Sooji / Cream of Wheat)
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Upma with Veggies: A Delicious Indian Breakfast (Sooji / Cream of Wheat)

This is one of my husband's favorite dish for breakfast. In fact back in school, he coaxed his mom to pack some for his lunch after he saw his school mates bring it. And it remains a popular breakfast dish in India till date. 

I love making it as I know I'm preparing a healthy meal for the both of us. It's really easy to cook and works just as well for a snack or dinner too. Sooji (Semolina/ Rava/ Cream of Wheat) is the key ingredient and the few added spices give it an awesome aroma and taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sooji / Semolina
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 1/3 cup Green Peas
  • 1 small Onion chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger minced
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 Green chili chopped (Thai chili)
  • Few Green Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • Oil to cook

Dry roast the sooji on a low flame till it turns a light golden brown. Do keep the heat low as sooji tends to burn. This should take about 6-8 minutes. Take it out into a plate and keep aside. 

Now heat oil in the pan. Add mustard seeds and the Bengal gram. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter and then add the green curry leaves, green chili, chopped onion and ginger.

Stir a little and add the green peas and carrot. Add salt, stir and cover for a bit. Add the 4 cups of water and cover it to allow the vegetables to be done. Let the water come to a boil.

Once the water is boiling, reduce heat and add the sooji very slowly. Stir constantly to avoid forming lumps and to mix well. Cook till the water is completely absorbed. Remove from heat and serve hot. Feel free to add chopped cilantro on top. And let me know how it turns out.

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

 

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  1. happyvegan
    This looks cool. Will try it and let you know how it comes.
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  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    I am thinking that sooji and bengal gram are items that would only be found in rare specialty stores in Alabama, U.S., but Cream of Wheat is sold in most grocery stores here. It might be possible to alter the recipe slightly.
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    1. Roopam
      Thanks Carolyn for the comment. You can make it with cream of wheat. Also check out semolina on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semolina) that will explain the different flours...its called Sooji or Rawa in India. Bengal gram you can get at any Indian store. But if its difficult, go ahead without it too. I hope you'll like it. Thanks again for your support...Have a great day!
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      1. Carolyn
        Carolyn
        No Indian stores in my area. Thanks might try it with cream of wheat. Congrats for making Top Posts!
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      2. Carolyn
        Carolyn
        No Indian stores in my area. Thanks might try it with cream of wheat. Congrats for making Top Posts!
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      3. Carolyn
        Carolyn
        No Indian stores in my area. Thanks might try it with cream of wheat. Congrats for making Top Posts!
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        1. Roopam
          Thanks Carolyn. Do try it with cream of wheat. Roast it a little and put aside. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add chopped onion, green chili, and ginger. Stir and add peas and carrots and salt. Stir and cover to cook for a bit. Add the water and let it come to a boil. Then reduce heat and slowly add the cream of wheat and keep stirring. Cook till all the water is absorbed. And voila...:)
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  3. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    I love Upma..It is a healthy choice for breakfast!
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    1. Roopam
      Thanks Akanksha...happy to hear from you...:)...it is healthy...and thanks for your support!
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  4. janetvande
    Is Bengal gram the same as gram flour, as in chickpea flour? It's not listed in the ingredients. How much do you use? Thanks. I love Cream of Wheat and have been looking for a way to use veggies in it. I have access to Indian groceries so I can get pretty much anything available in the states.
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    1. Roopam
      Hi Janet...thanks for your comment. Bengal gram is the lentil...(not the flour). Yes you can get it at any Indian store - just ask for split Bengal gram...its easily available. You just need to add 1 tsp. Do let me know how it turns out:)
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      1. janetvande
        Thanks! Will do! Hopefully I can get to the store this weekend.
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