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Rava Upma or Suji Upma is a simple, easy to cook and healthy breakfast made from roasted suji (also known as rava or semolina).
It is originally a South Indian dish but in last two decades has gained wide acceptance and liking in other parts of the country as well. It is traditionally served as breakfast, but can also be enjoyed as a healthy snack option in between meals or during any other part of the day.
It's a quick fix meal and perfectly suitable to pack for kids lunch box to school as well as a bachelor friendly dish being easy and fast to cook. It is a tasty, wholesome and comforting food for people of all age groups.
The semolina can be roasted in advance and stored in an airtight container. This way it is readily available to use while cooking. To roast semolina, add it to a heated pan and stir for 4-5 minutes till it becomes crisp and light brown in color.
Heat oil in a pan and add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds to it.
When the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add 1 teaspoon Chana Dal & Urad Dal.
Add 1/2 a cup of peanuts and roast them. The Chana Dal and Urad Dal will also get roasted along with the peanuts.
Then add 5-10 Curry Leaves along with1-2 finely chopped Green Chillies.
Also add 1 small finely chopped onion and fry it till it turns golden brown or translucent.
Add 2.5 cups of water to the pan along with 1 teaspoon Salt & 1 teaspoon lemon juice and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat setting to low and add the roasted semolina to the mixture.
Keep stirring the mixture continuously as it thickens.
Turn off the flame when the water has been absorbed and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rava upma is ready. Serve it hot as is or along with Coconut Chutney.