Royal Upma (Uppit)

My mother , I believe makes the most tastiest upma. The best part is that she really transforms the regular upma (or uppit as we call it) into a rich dish.

The recipe never looks or feels the same when I make it but nevertheless thats the case with all her other one's that I emulate

About adding the adjective Royal...this one indeed suits the nawabs and maharajas with the amount of goodness. As with all recipes, you are free to tone down the fat content. So sharing this heirloom recipe for BM series..

2 cups semolina
4 cups water
3/4 cup clarified butter/ ghee
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 medium tomato finely chopped
4-5 green chillies (as per taste)
1 tspn grated ginger
2 tspn chopped cashewnuts
1 tspn raisins
1 tspn soaked saffron
1-2 green cardamon (whole)
2 tspn lemon juice
1 tspn sugar
1 sprig of curry leaves
1 tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
1 tspn soaked split black dal (urad)
1 tspn soaked split bengal gram (chana)
salt to taste
1) In a wok or kadhai, dry roast the semolina, until it is slightly golden and well puffed up. Keep stirring and roast for atleast 5-8 min to get a nice aromatic flavor
2) Remove the set aside
3) Add the ghee to the kadhai
4) Add the mustard seeds and let it crackle
5) Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida and let it splutter for a while
6) Next add the curry leaves, chana dal, urad dal and saute for a min.
7) Add the cashewnuts and roast them until they are slightly brown
8) Add the grated ginger, chopped green chillies, cardamon next
9) Add the chopped onions and saute till they are pink or translucent
10) Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute for more time(2-3 min)
11) Add the water, saffron, salt, sugar, lemon juice at this stage.
12) Let the water come to a running boil
13) Add the roasted semolina and stir constantly to avoid forming lunps
14) Cover and let it heat for a while
15) Garnish with coriander, grated fresh coconut and a dollop of ghee :)


Anonymous said…
Beautiful recipe :)
Priya Suresh said…
Totally agree with you, its absolutely royal to make upma with ghee, delicious dish.
Srivalli said…
Didn't know you call it uppit also..:)..I thought that was used by tamilians. I too always feel my mom makes the best upma, infact my MIL and hubby feel the same and we get my mom make it for us..:))..
Gayathri Kumar said…
Looks absolutely delicious. I love upma and need to try your version...
sushma said…
I just love it.Yummy upma
Padmajha said…
Mom's dishes are the best isn't it!! This dish is indeed royal. Must taste great with ghee...
Prabha Mani said…
My last post's going to be the same , in my way :-) such a comfortable breakfast!
Jayanthi said…
As you know, I'm a big fan of upma and now naturally I'm a big fan of your mom too...nice touch by calling it royal..they do taste so royal.
Can have bowls n bowls of this Royal upit!
Rajani said…
I used to hate upmas, until I realized how easy they are to make! But since then, I have been a silent supporter of this humble (or royal for some ;0) ) dish :)

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