About Masala Upma (Khara Uppitu)
Upma is a common breakfast dish, with Masala Upma being one variety. Upma is one of those dishes that I prefer when I do not want to stand near the hot gas stove for a long time (to make dosas for instance). In Kannada and Konkani, we call it Uppittu and in Tamil it is Upma.
In my childhood, my mother never used to prepare Masala Upma; instead she would only prepare the standard Upma – simple sans tomatoes or onions etc. These days however these dishes are more common in most of functions like weddings. Masala Upma can be prepared in half an hour time and tastes great, especially when eaten with potato chips or the usual mixtures (chow-chow). My younger son loves it very much.
Tip: It is better to prepare it by mixing both Bombay Rava and Bansi or kesari Rava in the required proportion. If prepared only with Bombay rava it consumes lot of oil and will tend to form lumps.
What you need to have:
Bombay Rava (Sooji) – 2/3 cup
Bansi Rava (Kesari Rava) – 1/3 cup (Finely Cracked Wheat)
Water – 2 cups
Cooking oil – 1 table spoon
Mustard seeds – 1 tea spoon
Black gram dal – 2 tea spoons
Green chillies – 4
Sambar powder – 1 tea spoon
Garam masala powder – 1/2 tea spoon
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Corriander and Grated coconut ( For sprinkling on top)
What you do with what you have:
1. Mix both Bombay Rava and Kesari Rava and roast them on a medium flame till you get a pleasant aroma and keep it aside. Do not roast it on a high flame to avoid it being burnt and becoming bitter.
2. Bring 2 cups of water to boil.
3. In a thick bottomed wide vessel, pour cooking oil along with mustard seeds and blackgram dal.
4. In a minute or so, add green chillies and curry leaves. Add cut onions and tomatoes to it. Add some salt so that onion will not get burnt. Stir for 2 minutes.
5. Add roasted Rava mixture, sambar powder, garam masala powder and sugar and mix well.
6. Pour boiling water into the above mixture and heat at low flame for 3-4 minutes.
7. Close the pan with a lid and leave aside for 5 minutes.
8. Remove lid and decorate it with corriander leaves, fresh grated coconut.
9. Serve warm with either potato chips or even Haldiram’s mixtures.
What it looks like:
How long it takes: 30 minutes
Number of servings : 4