Rava Upma/Rulav a very famous breakfast !-there are only two opinions about it – Some hate it & some simply love it ! Well I am from the group who loves upma because my mother used to make the best upma and my family , friends & relatives would just happily eat up whenever my mother made it ! So I dedicate this recipe to those who hate upma just so that they change your attitude to liking upma ! And also for those who are beginners venturing into the kitchen – trying to make one easy , quick & fulfilling meal ! Follow the steps exactly to get a yum upma !
- Rava ( also called as suji , semolina , bombay rava ) – 1 cup ( roasted )
- Green Chillies – 4 or more as per taste
- Ginger – 1 inch piece
- Mustard seeds – 1tsp
- Urad dal – 1 tsp
- Chana dal – 1 tsp
- Curry leaves – a sprig
- Salt to taste
- Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
- Coconut oil – a minimum of 3 tbsps
- Water – 2 & 1/2 cups
If you have plain rava and not pre roasted – first roast it on a low flame till it slightly changes colour .Split the green chillies into half and chop the ginger as finely as possible , Keep the water to boil on one stove , on the other – heat a kadai and add the oil ,when it gets hot add the mustard seeds .
After they splutter add the seasonings as shown in the pic below .
When the dals have roasted to golden brown , carefully add the water . Add the salt & let boil for about two minutes so that the dals soften .
Now take the rava in a bowl and slowly add it to the boiling water , Keep stirring with the other hand so that the rava does not form any lump
As you stir when there is very little water left , stop adding the rava .Never keep adding till all the water has gone Cover & let cook for about 1- 2 minutes .
Now add the grated coconut and mix well .
Flatten and cover , let cook for another two minutes
Serve this hot with a pappad , pickles , mixture or even a curry of your choice, Kids love to eat this with sugar or jaggery .
This make for a complete breakfast when paired with a banana !
My favourite combo is with sambhar though !
- Always use roasted rava ONLY as the plain rava tends to turn mushy or as we say in amchi – pich pichi
- Use coconut oil only as this only gives the right flavour .alternatively you may add a little ghee when using vegetable oils . But do not reduce the amount of oil – this DOES need a lot of oil to be tasty!
- You may add one chopped onion too , you may also add veggies like , thinly sliced carrots , green peas , chopped capscicum – along with the seasonings .
- Wait so that dals or veggies are cooked in the boiling water – before you add the rava .
- You may use a little more of water than mentioned – so that even if you add all the rava , there is a little more water left .
- Those who want to avoid grated coconut can do so .but I recommend adding it .