Monday, August 20, 2012

Semolina Vegetable Porridge without Onions (Rava Upma)

South Indian Vegetarian Breakfast Special
Andhra Cuisine
Jain Cuisine
Semolina Vegetable Porridge without Onions (Rava Upma)
Serves 2

Cream of Wheat/Semolina (Rava/Sooji)-

Ginger- 1 Inch, Finely Chopped 
Carrots- 1 Medium, Finely Chopped
Green Peas (Matar)-
Green Chillies- 2 to 3 Nos., Finely Chopped (depending on the Spiciness of the Chilli)

For Tempering:
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 2 Tbsp., Oil mixed with Ghee at this stage is optional

Raw Peanuts- 1 Tbsp. 

Mustard Seeds (Rai/Aavalu)-a Pinch
Cumin Seeds (Jeera/Jeelakarra)- (Optional)
Split Bengal Gram/Split Chick Pea (Chana Dal/Senagapapu)- ¼ Tsp.
Split Black Gram (Urad Dal/Menapappu)- ¼ Tsp.
Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta/Karvepaku)- 5-6 No’s
Asafoetida (Hing/Inguva Podi)- a Pinch

Water- 3 Cups
Salt- To Taste
Fresh Lemon Juice & Ghee- sprinkled to suit taste individual buds as desired!!

Heat Oil in a Non Stick Wide Skillet (Kadhai)
Add Peanuts & Saute till Color changes
Add Mustard Seeds & Saute till Seeds Splutter
Add Chana Dal, Urad Dal & Cumin Seeds till the Dals change Color

Add the Boiled Vegetables & Saute for a while

Add Water & as the Water Boils rapidly add the Sooji while stirring continuously to make sure there are no lumps

Some of the more traditional Jain families even avoid the use of Carrot, Potato or for that matter any other Root Vegetable in their Cooking, so please make sure you are well informed on the ingredients that can be added before any attempt making any Jain Recipe, after all its always better to be informed about the Cultural & Religious aspects beforehand than be sorry afterwards!

Optionally can add Roma Tomatoes- 1 Medium, Finely Chopped, French Beans/Green Beans- about 7 to 8 Nos., Finely Chopped, Potato- 1 Small, Finely Chopped etc.

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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