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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rice Rava - Mixed Vegetable Upma / Biyyapu Rava Upma

I could never get away with an easy sandwich, a cereal - milk or a muffin kind breakfast at my home. I, being the one who have to cook on a daily basis can do with a nutella sandwich for my own convenience. However the younger one doesn't like anything sweeter and these quick, instant kind breakfasts get a big "No" from her. While the other adult who keeps traveling for his work, really hates the stuff intensely and besides, I can never shove food down somebody's throat just because I cooked it. And therefore each morning, we prepare and eat what we are used to since our childhoods - a filling, savory Indian breakfast. Friends/ relatives of ours' are surprised to see me dishing out hot steaming idlis, dosas in the morning rush hours, even after being away from the homeland for about one and half decades. 
And so even though sandwiches seemed as the easy route, I went with an upma. Upma is a common south Indian breakfast and a quicker one to pull through among the traditional dishes. To make it quicker, rava frying, cooking the onion / vegetables and boiling the water can be done simultaneously. It is hard to clump up rice rava upma like the semolina one and it tastes wonderful.

Ingredients for 4 servings:
1.5 cups rice rava / finely cracked rice
Serrano peppers, finely chopped - 3 to 4 (If using any other variety, use as many as required.)
2 onions, finely chopped
1 cup prepared and finely chopped vegetables (I used frozen mixed vegetables that had carrot, beans, corn, fresh lima beans and peas.)
Salt to taste
For tadka:  

2 -3 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp chana dal / Bengal gram
1 tsp urad dal / Black gram
1 tsp cumin seeds
few curry leaves
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
3 cups water

* Dry fry the rava on medium flame until the rava starts to turn a shade darker. Remove the rava and set it aside.
* Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan / kadai. Add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and cumin seeds. When the mustard seeds start to splutter and the dals turn red, add chillies and curry leaves. Sauté for a few seconds and then add onion and turmeric powder. Cook until the onion turns translucent. If using fresh vegetables, add them along with the onion and cook covered until they are done, for about 10 minutes. 
* Next add water, frozen vegetables (if using) and salt to the pan. Set the stove to highest setting and let the water come to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling, lower the flame. Add rava slowly in a steady stream, holding the rava container in your left hand while stirring with your right hand to avoid the lumps.  Stir properly and cover the pan. Continue the cooking for a few more minutes until the rava is cooked, stirring in between once or twice. 
Serve hot with chutney or chutney powder or daliya powder.

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Chef Mireille said...

I've never heard of cracked rice - only cracked wheat. Will have to look out for that one!

Foodiliciousnan said...

Haha. I live in India and even at my place breakfast has to be traditional stuff. I've never added turmeric to my rice upma before. Yours indeed looks very good!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Suma, I am a great fan of your pictures. That upma looks so inviting. Even it is a big no for sandwiches for breakfast in our house..

prathibha Garre said...

even I had posted a rice rava upma recipe but with avarekalu..yummy n filling breakfast

Akila said...

Delicious rice upma

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Pinksocks said...

The upma is so fluffy. I always look forward to such consistency but cant ever make it this way. Let me stick yo this recipe the next time I am trying it.

Savitha Ganesan said...

Quick upma for those freaking busy mornings.

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

You made it soo colorful dear..Sure kids too love it ..

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Love this upma! Adding vegetables is a good idea.
Breakfast at our place is usually the Indian breakfast (The kids have their own mind though) but sandwiches and the like do make their appearances when time is of the essence!

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Manju said...

Always our south Indian BF are filling. Delicious one, thinking about dinner got a dish.

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Ha said...

my dad's absolutely fav upma.. looks perfect !!

Anonymous said...

Nice new idea. I will love to make it for next breakfast.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

very delicious Uppuma! Love your clicks :)

sushma said...

This is one of my fav, which my mom makes. Love the click

Priya said...

Mom makes quite often upma with rice rava but am yet to make them, love here the addition of veggies, more catchy and healthy definitely.

Rajani S said...

I love this upma, but its not a favorite with my husband. I love the colorful way you have made it :)

Pavani said...

You have so much patience Suma. I rarely make upmas for breakfast, they feature at our dinner instead. I actually never made rice rava upma. My mom made it while she was visiting us.