We also have handy upma pre-mixes available - most famously by MTR, which is what I had and happily used this morning. I was originally going to make a ragi (millet) based upma, but then I realized I hadn't soaked my ragi overnight, so, screw that!
The pre-mix is essentially semolina with all the seasonings - so all you have to do is pour the mix into boiling water. In case you cannot find such a pre-mix, go to the bottom of the post for the full version of the recipe.
- 1 cup upma pre-mix
- 1 1/2 cups of assorted vegetables (I used carrots, onions, peppers, cabbage, tomato)
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
- Coriander to garnish
Bring two cups of water to a boil in a pot.
Drop the cup of pre-mix semolina into the water and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
Be sure to stir regularly to ensure no lumps are formed.
When the semolina looks cooked (no more than 7 minutes, usually), turn off the gas.
Add the vegetables. Stir thoroughly.
Garnish with the coriander and squeeze a quarter of a lime over.
If you do not or cannot find an upma premix packet, use plain semolina and add the following in addition to the ingredients outlined above:
- 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
- 1" piece of ginger grated
- 3/4 tsp mustard seeds
- Pinch of turmeric powder