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.
- 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.
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