Ingredients (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
- 1 cup semolina/sooji/rava (fine variety)
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped finely
- 1 green chilly, chopped
- 1 tsp chana dal/split and skinned bengal gram
- 1 tsp urad dal/split and skinned black gram
- ½ inch ginger grated or chopped finely
- 2.5 cups water
- 1 tsp mustard seeds/rai
- ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
- 1 sprig of curry leaves/kadi patta
- 10 to 12 cashewnuts/kaju
- 1 to 2 tsp sugar (optional) or add as required
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- 2 tbsp oil or ghee
- salt as required
Prep the ingredients for the upma – finely chop 1 medium sized onion, 1 to 2 green chillies and ½ inch ginger and some coriander leaves. also take the 8 to 10 curry leaves, 10 to 12 cashews, 1 tsp chana dal and 1 tsp urad dal.
Heat a pan or kadai first. Add 1 cup rava or cream of wheat. Begin to roast the rava. Stir often while roasting the rava. The rava or sooji grains should become fragrant and start to look dry, separate and crisp. don’t brown the rava. Switch off the flame and then add the roasted rava in a plate and keep aside.
In a pan, heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds. When you hear the crackling sound of mustard seeds, it means they are getting fried.
Now add the ½ tsp cumin seeds along with 1 tsp chana dal and 1 tsp urad dal. Fry till they begin to brown a bit.Immediately then add cashews and begin to fry. By the time, the cashews get golden the dals would also get golden.
Now add the finely chopped onions. saute the onions till they become translucent. Then add the chopped green chilly, ginger, curry leaves. saute for a minute.
Add 2.5 cups water to this mixture. add salt as required. Then add sugar. sugar is optional and you can skip it. On a medium to high flame, heat the water and let it come to a to a rolling boil.
Now lower the flame to its lowest. then add the rava in 4 to 5 batches with a spoon. Once you add the rava, stir immediately. Then add the next batch of rava. stir again. This way keep on adding and stirring the rava up to the last batch. Quickly stir and mix well. the rava grains absorb water and thus swell and get cooked.
Cover and allow the rava upma to steam for 2 minutes on the low flame.Then switch off the flame. The rava is cooked and the upma is ready.
Add about 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir well.