fitfool (fitfool) wrote,

Upma (oop-ma) by Mona's Mom

I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend at the same time that his wife's parents were visiting from India. Mona's mom was happy to let me try to help in the kitchen. I tried my best to learn what she was making but she did everything by feel so this recipe is a rough approximation. She made this upma (pronounced OOP-ma) for a very filling breakfast. My boyfriend isn't a fan of the texture, a little too similar to oatmeal and porridge for his liking. I loved this dish and could happily have it every day. She said that this is a very commonly made dish and every family had their own variations on how they make it so you can search online for other things to add.

small photo of upma

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)
dessicated coconut
cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

  1. Soak the peanuts in some warm water. Set aside until called for.

  2. 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.

  3. Add more oil and saute dried chilis, torn curry leaves, and diced red onions.

  4. Add diced tomato and peanuts that have soaked in water. Simmer.

  5. Add 2 small handfuls of salt.

  6. Add roasted sooji (semolina). Mix well.

  7. Add about 1 cup of hot water (she didn't really measure anything). Mix, then cover and let steam.

  8. 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.

  9. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and dessicated coconut and then serve.

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Tags: breakfast, dairy-free, food2007, vegan, vegetarian
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