this page makes it sound like you can just use boxed Cream of Wheat if you can't find sooji.
Mona's Mom's Upma
1 cup sooji (semolina) (found at Indian grocery)
1 cup raw peanuts (can find at most Asian groceries)
1 small tomato, roughly chopped
3-4 fresh curry leaves, torn (I leave these out if I haven't been able to go to an Indian grocery store)
2 to 7 small dried red chilis (depends on how spicy you want it)
half of a red onion (can use yellow onion instead)
cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
- Soak the peanuts in some warm water. Set aside until called for.
- Heat about half a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over low heat. Roast the semolina in that oil for a little until fragrant and then set aside.
- Add more oil and saute dried chilis, torn curry leaves, and diced red onions.
- Add diced tomato and peanuts that have soaked in water. Simmer.
- Add 2 small handfuls of salt.
- Add roasted sooji (semolina). Mix well.
- Add about 1 cup of hot water (she didn't really measure anything). Mix, then cover and let steam.
- Repeat, adding about 1 cup of water at a time. Allow almost all the water to be absorbed. It can get a little like cement if you let too much water get absorbed. Just pour in a little more water and stir again.
- Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and dessicated coconut and then serve.
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