This week was a bit of work and lot of learning. Aunt L taught me lots which I will share here every week. We made lots of Instant mixes to help save time in the kitchen and great for single people who are finding it touch to cook elaborate meals .
First in the series comes the Uppittu or humble UPMA.. which can be used as Rava Idly mix too with a little variation. Uppitu is a quick yummy breakfast says my husband. I am not a great fan of uppittu /upma but agree that it is the quickest after cornflakes and milk.
This instant mix is a real saver.It turns out exactly like the store bought instant mixes. Here is the recipe for you
Bombay rava/ Upma rava - 1/2 kg
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts - broken in half 2 tbsp
Urad dal - 1tbsp
Chana dal - 1 tbsp
Green chillies - sliced ( sliced into 4 or 6 pieces)
Curry leaves - two sprigs
Coriander - two tbsp
hing/asafoetida - a pinch
Salt to taste.
Dry Roast the rava or medium coarse semolina till it gives a delicious aroma and turns brownish. Keep aside
In a deep bottom pan pour the ghee... add mustard /rai seeds and let it it splutter. Then add cashew nuts, let it turn golden brown then add the urad and chana daals. When these are crisp add green chilies , curry leaves and grander and let them dehydrate in the ghee. Add a pinch of asafoetida/ hing and salt to taste.
Mix the roasted Rava to this seasoning and let it cool . Your Uppitu/Upma mix is ready to use.
This can be stored in the refrigerator for 6 months or more and in the open/ room temperature for about 20 days.
How to use:
In a pan add two cups of water . when the water comes to a boil add one cup of the mixture. Let it cook for about five minutes.Delicious Uppitu or Upma is ready..
In a vessel mix one measure of sour curds to one measure of the above mixture with a pinch of soda. let the rawa soak the sour curds.. If the batter gets too hard add a little more curds to it. Let it rest for about 20 minutes and steam in a Idli stand to get soft fluffy Rava Idli. Serve hot with coconut chutney.
I will post pictures of the dishes soon .
Ciao for now.. hoping this post was useful. Do let me know.