Every one in my family has been a great fan of UPMA . From onion upma to masala upma , we love it all. Recently my mom told me that she had started using dalia (cracked wheat- fine) instead of suji or rava and the results were great. The advantages of using dalia is that firstly you need very less oil. Secondly you do not need to roast the dalia for a long time. It just takes a couple of minutes of roasting as opposed to a much longer time while using rava or suji. Enjoy this tasty and healthy breakfast with a hot cup of filter coffee:)
- Dalia (cracked wheat - fine) : 1 cup
- Cabbage : 2 cups (finely shredded)
- Potato : 1 medium (cubed)
- Carrots: 2 small (finely chopped) (1/2 cup)
- Green Beans : 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
- Peas (fresh or frozen) : 1/2 cup (I used frozen peas in this recipe)\
- Onion : 1 medium (finely chopped)
- Green chillies : 2 slit in to 2 halves (you may chop them in to small pieces)
- Salt as per taste
- Lime juice - 1 tbsp
- Oil - 3 tsp
- Sugar - 2 tsp (optional)
- Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
- Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
- Cumin seeds or jeera - 1/2 tsp
- Mustard seeds or rai - 1/2 tsp
- Dry red chillies - 2
- Curry leaves - 4
- Lime juice - 1 tbsp
- Coconut - 2 tbsp (freshly grated)
- Cilantro for garnishing
- Boil water in a large pot. Once it starts boiling, add the vegetables , turmeric and little salt and cook the vegetables till done. Drain the water . Do not throw this water as you can use the same water to cook the dalia.
- Heat oil in thick bottomed pan. Once hot, Add urad dal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves to it.
- Once the seeds start to make the popping sound, add the chopped onions and grated ginger and mix well.
- Once the onions have turned translucent, add the dalia. One good thing about using dalia is that you do not need to roast it as much as you would have to roast suji/ rava. So it saves a lot of time.
- Roast the rava for a couple of minutes just to remove the rawness. Once done, add the cooked vegetables and slit green chillies. Mix well.
- Now add the water (vegetable broth that was left after removing the cooked vegetables.). Now this is important: For every cup of dalia, you need to add 3 cups of water. Add salt (Remember , the broth also contains some salt, so add the salt to the dalia accordingly.
- Cook covered over medium heat.
- Once cooked, add the lime juice and mix well.
- Finally add the chopped cilantro leaves and freshly grated coconut.
- Enjoy this healthy and delicious upma with a hot cup of filter coffee.
NOTE: Once the upma is ready, add 2 tsp of melted ghee and mix well to give the upma a richer taste and a beautiful aroma. This is totally optional.