Monday, July 12, 2010

Broken wheat upma

Broken wheat upma
Traditionally, upma falls into the category of  south Indian breakfasts... For me, these fall into light lunch/dinner or a heavy snack... You can spice them up with your favourite pickle, or mix with raitha or have them as is...

Broken wheat : Half cup
Cubed vegetables: 3/4 th of a cup
Grated coconut: 1/4th of a cup (optional)
Sliced onions: 2 tbsp
Sliced ginger: 1 tsp
Sliced green chillies: 2 tsp
Curry leaves: 2-3 (optional)
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp

Cook the broken wheat in 2-3 cups of water. This should take 10-15 mins. Once the wheat is soft, drain excess water and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, once they splutter add onions and ginger followed by green chillies and curry leaves. When onions begin to brown, add vegetables and saute till they are cooked. Add the cooked wheat, salt and grated coconut. Serve hot or cold with raitha, chutney, ketchup, pickle or as is.

For improved UI, add colorful veggies. Beware of beetroot though, they tend to override all other shades.
While cubing veggies, keep them small to reduce cook time. 
You could also cut veggies into bigger size and add both veggies and wheat with enough water when onions begin to brown. The disadvantage - tastes slightly sticky cos of starch, also you have to calculate the exact amount of water to avoid forming a paste.

No comments:

Post a Comment