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Makes: 3
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (kadipatta) roughly 10-12 leaves
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon cashew nuts,chopped finely
  • 2 green chillies,slit lengthwise
  • ½ of medium sized onion,chopped finely
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 cup sooji / rava (semolina)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves
  1. Heat oil in a medium sized wok and then add mustard seeds. As they begin to splutter add curry leaves, urad dal and cashews(if using). Fry them for a minute.
  2. Add ginger paste and onions. Fry the onion till they are translucent and then add sooji and continue frying till it turns light brown and a sweet aroma emanates from it.
  3. Take 2 cups hot water and add it. [ Be very careful and keep away from the gas as much as possible because there will be a lot of sputtering].
  4. Add salt and sugar and stir well. Lower the gas and let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the sooji mixture is moist but not dry.
  5. Add ghee and coriander leaves and blend them in.
  6. Take the wok off heat and serve sooji hot either on its own or accompanies by Chutney or Sambar.
Recipe by Simmer to Slimmer at http://simmertoslimmer.com/upma/