Semolina is an Italian ingredient and is the main component of a dish that is commonly cooked in homes in Southern India. This dish is called Rava Upma, which is basically a dry porridge of roasted Semolina. It’s very healthy, light for the stomach and easy to make. Mornings in South Indian homes where everyone is in a rush to get to work or school, this dish is a saviour as it is so simple to make and gets ready in minutes. Here’s how you can save time and help your body!
- Wheat Rava (Wheat based Semolina) – 1 cup
- Finely chopped Onion – 1
- Roughly chopped Tomato – 1
- Water – 2 cups
- Mint Leaves – a handful (optional)
- Cashews – 5 (optional)
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Black Gram Lentil (Urad Dal) – 1/2 tsp
- Green Chillies – 2 (slitted)
- Curry Leaves – 4
- Coriander (optional for garnishing)
- Cumin – 1 tbsp
- Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp (optional)
- Clarified Butter/Ghee – 1 tbsp
- Heat 2 – 3 tbsp oil in a pan
- Once it’s heated, add mustard seeds, Cumin and black gram lentil to the pan.
- Add the curry leaves, onions, chillies and tomatoes
- Sautee the onions till they turn golden-brown.
- In another separate pan, Sautee 1 cup of Semolina without any oil, just to get it heated. Keep aside.
- The pan with onions – add 2 cups of water to it, along with salt, asafoetida and bring to boil
- Once the water starts bubbling, add the heated Semolina to it and stir.
- Continue to stir till there are no lumps.
- Add clarified butter/ghee to the pan, with cashews and cover with a lid for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from pan once it is all evenly mixed with a semi-dry consistency.
- Serve hot with a garnish of coriander leaves.