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Recipe: Upma – Ideal Food for Tiffin Boxes

Sajeev Nair is the second chef at Sitaaray, an Indian restaurant in Covent Garden, London. Here he explains how to make Upma – a favourite Indian breakfast which is also ideal for tiffin boxes or children’s packed lunches.

Upma

Originally from South India, this tasty dish can be eaten not only in your lunch box but for breakfast, brunch or as a great snack. Upma is made of semolina (Suji / rava) which is tampered with mustard seeds and curry leaves and reduced in salted water. It is a meal in itself.

Prep Time: Around 30 minutes
Cook Time: Around 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

1 cup Semolina
2 tbsps vegetable/ sunflower cooking oil
5-6 curry leaves
2 green chillies slit lengthwise
1 piece of ginger grated
3/4 tsp mustard seeds
2 medium-sized onions chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes chopped fine
Pinch Salt to taste
2 cups hot water
Pinch turmeric powder
1/2 a lime, juiced
Sprinkling Chopped coriander to garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a griddle or flat pan on a medium flame and roast the semolina lightly. Stir frequently and do not allow it to brown. Once done, remove onto a tray or platter and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. When the spluttering stops, add the grated ginger and stir well. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the onion and fry till translucent and soft.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook till soft.
  5. Add the hot water, turmeric and salt to taste and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the roasted semolina, a little at a time, stirring constantly to prevent any lumps from forming.
  7. Simmer and cook till the Upma is like a very thick porridge. Turn off the fire.
  8. Squeeze the lime juice over the Upma and mix well.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve piping hot.

Variations

There can be a variety of Upma’s that can be made although originally it is made from Semolina:

Vermicelli Upma
Rice Upma
Oats upma
Soya upma
Mix vegetable upma
Sabudana Upma
Aval (Rice flakes) upma
Ragi flour upma
Puffed rice upma
Minced meat upma

Variations

There can be a variety of Upma’s that can be made although originally it is made from Semolina:

  • Vermicelli Upma
  • Rice Upma
  • Oats upma
  • Soya upma
  • Mix vegetable upma
  • Sabudana Upma
  • Aval (Rice flakes) upma
  • Ragi flour upma
  • Puffed rice upma
  • Minced meat upma

Sitaaray Restaurant

Located on Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, Sitaaray, combines authentic Indian cuisine with Bollywood cinema.

Sitaaray Sundays include a special Sunday Brunch unlimited menu for just £22.95 per adult, with children under 12 eating for free. Families can enjoy free parking at the neighbouring NCP Car Park.

  • Website: www.sitaaray.com
  • Address: 167 Drury Lane Covent Garden, London WC2B 5PG Tel: 020 7269 6422
  • Opening Times: Monday-Saturday: 12.30pm -3.00pm for Lunch & 5.30pm – 11.30pm for Dinner; Sunday: 1.00pm -8.00pm for Brunch

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