Thursday, February 24, 2011
How Green is Your Upma?
I'm not one of those who wrinkle their noses in disgust and whose faces take on a scornful expression when upma is mentioned. Most people I know dislike it. I don't eat it a lot myself for various reasons but I do like it.
As is normal with me, there is a box full of semolina in my pantry though I don't recall why I bought it. I do recall roasting it right away and storing it, which is why I didn't see any of the fine creepy-crawlies that generally populate semolina stored for long.
I was in a contrary and subversive (or so I like to think) mood this morning and decided to make the usually white upma green. I had all the accoutrements - green beans, green peas, green curry leaves' powder, and I set about making it. I wasn't disappointed.
Roughly, this is how I made it:
I chopped up a fist-sized onion and two green chillies
I microwaved a cup of chopped green beans and an equal amount of peas till they were three-fourths done, about three and two minutes each.
I heated about two spoons of oil, tempered it with a teaspoon each of mustard and urad dal/hulled, split black gram.
Then I fried the onion till pink. And then I added the green chillies and vegetables, sauteed them for a minute.
Then I added two big spoons of curry leaf powder and salt. For more information on curry leaf, you can go here.
Then I added water - I intended to use four cups but I was so carried away by the brainwave (of the green upma - rendered oh so fibrous and healthy) that I probably added only two.
Only after adding two cups of semolina to the boiling water, I realised I had goofed, so I hurriedly added a random amount, but you, you do as I say, i.e., add four cups of water.
Then I prayed like anything to get the semolina to soften.
My prayers were answered.
I thanked God and immediately ate some of it.
I'm sending this off to Simona who's hosting WHB this week, administered by Haalo and created by Kalyn.
Weekend Herb Blogging Semolina Vegetables Upma Curry+leaf