Upma is one of the easiest breakfast dish that can be prepared when one has very less time. It is usually made with semolina, vermicelli (pasta like broken spaghetti), rice, tapioca pearls, oats, cracked wheat and so on. By just changing the spices and vegetables added you can make so many varieties of upma. I was bored with adding the regular ingredients, so for a change I added some chopped spring onions, this changed the flavor of the upma to a slightly Chinese one and it tasted really good..
Need To Have
- Vermicelli - 2 cups
- Spring Onions - 5 or 6 stalks chopped
- Tomato Puree - 3 tablespoons
- Grated Ginger - 1 tablespoon
- Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
- Urad Or Black Gram Dal - 1 tablespoon
Roast the vermicelli in a few drops of oil. Heat oil, add the mustard seeds and the urad dal, when the mustard seeds are spluttering, add the spring onions (saving some of the green portion for garnishing) and ginger. Saute for like 4 mins, add the tomato puree, saute for few more mins, add 4 cups of water and salt. When the water starts boiling, add the vermicelli, mix cover and cook on medium heat. Switch off the stove when all the water is gone but it is still not dry (like about 5 to 7 mins). Cover and leave it for 5mins and then garnish it and serve it warm.
Sending it to Cuisine Delights for her Spotlight: "Healthy Breakfast Ideas" event,
to Divya's Culinary Journey for her Showcase - What's In Your Lunch Box? event and
to Sumee's Culinary Bites for the Bon Vivant - Breakfast Ideas event.
Can add some sauteed mixed vegetables or cooked chickpeas at the end to make it a wholesome meal.
Ready made roasted vermicelli is available which reduces the work further.