Moong Paratha | Greengram Flat bread - (Protein rich Paratha)

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Moong(hindi) / Hessarakaalu (kannada)/Paccha payaru (tamil) belongs to the legume family rich in vitamins and proteins.

Moong is widely used in Indian cuisine in the form of gravies ,stir fries,salads. The dehusked version is the Moong Dhall/Paitham paruppu/Paasi paruppu  which is yellow in color used in preparation of Dals,kootu,sambar,payasam etc.
To know more about the nutritional value of the Moong bean you may refer to this information provided by Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mung_bean
 Though this is very high in nutrition many people donot relish this bean in any form for various reasons and people at my home also donot have it with much liking. So I invented this way of including it regular diet in the form of paratha and they were not able to identify what went into the paratha 😉. You can try to mask like this and feed it to your children and adults as well.
You can also check for other Roti/Parathas featured in this blog.



Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 30-40mins
Makes : 12-14 parathas
Complexity : Medium High

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Kothamalli Thokku | Fresh Corriander Preserve

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Fresh Corriander leaves/Kothamalli is always a cook's favorite ingredient. The fresh garnish of these leaves enhances the flavor of any recipe that is being cooked.
Winter is the time when we get to see all the greens in abundance in the vegetable market,and often this kothamalli thokku would be made by mom during winters and it would last for a month or so depending on how much is being used.
This thokku can be used as a spread for bread,chapati,accompaniment for idli,dosa or mix it with steaming hot rice with a dash of ghee.
I personally like to have it with hot rice and roasted papad during lunch and also as a spread with bread and butter.
So now you all know ,what to do when you have a big bunch of corriander in your vegetable tray..Prepare this wonderful home made thokku with No Added Preservatives.

Preparation Time : 15 min
Cooking Time : 20-25 mins
Complexity : medium

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Murungakkai /Drumstick Sambar

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Murungakkai(Tamil)/Drumstick(English)/ is called botanically as Moringa oleifera where in Moringa is derived from the Tamil word 'Murungai' meaning a twisted pod.
Its high in nutritional value especially iron contents.The leaves "murunga elai" are also used in various cuisines just as we use spinach or methi .Known to combat malnutrition its used in infant foods and also nursing mothers.

South Indian cuisine also makes use of Drumstick in various cuisines like sambar,avial,vethakolambu etc etc.

Today's recipe is a traditional Sambar using drumstick as the main vegetable. Have this sambar with plain rice or pongal or even as an accompaniment with idli or dosa as well.
Sambar and kootu are always a part of any main course South Indian meal. Click to know different variations in Sambar and Kootu.

Drumstick sambar with piping hot Ven Pongal is a super hit combination at our home.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves: 2-3
Complexity : Medium

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Aloo Methi Mattar Sabji (No Onion No Garlic Version)

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A classic side dish to go as an accompaniment with rotis/naan/puris or even comforting piping hot dal chawal.
The wonderful taste and aroma of sauteed methi leaves with cumin seeds takes the entire dish to a whole new level.
People who dislike methi for its bitterness will start eating methi if you prepare this recipe.
As this does not have any kind of over powering masalas ,even the elderly people who refrain from masala based gravies due to age and digestion issues can enjoy this simple and humble sabji.

Again,this is a No Onion No Garlic recipe,so you can even make it for lunch/dinner get togethers during any kind of Pooja or Satsangs.

Over to the recipe.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20-25 mins
Serves : 2-3
Complexity : Medium

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Jain Tawa Pulao

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I donot think Tawa Pulao needs any introduction.Its a very famous street food of Mumbai . The regular version of Tawa Pulao is already posted on this blog .You can check it here.

This is a customised version catering to the food lovers of the Jain Community or those who donot include onion/garlic as a part of their daily meals.

If someone wondered how a food would taste without the inclusion of onion or garlic or any root vegetables like potato,carrots,ginger,beetroot etc,then you all are mistaken my friends...I suggest you must make a visit to any restaurant or for that matter even a road side eatery in Mumbai  and you will be amazed to find Jain variation of every other item on the menu. Believe me dear ones its all without the compromise on taste and quality.
You can get Jain Lasagna,Jain Pizza,Jain Quesedillas,Jain Falafels,Jain Fried Rice,Jain Hakka Noodles and the list is endless..
All my Non Jain friends and readers do try this out and I am sure you just won't be dissappointed .

Preparation Time : 10mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 2-3 generously
Complexity Medium.

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Kadamba Saadham (Iyengar special)

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Iyengars are a sect of the Brahmin Community who follow the Vaishnava Tradition i.e. followers of Lord Vishnu and his incarnations who are commonly referred to as Perumal.

Kadamba Saadham (Kadamba means Mixed and Saadham means Rice ) loosely translated as Mixed Rice is a delicacy primarily from the Iyengar Kitchen offered as prasadam to Perumal.
There is always a misunderstanding that Kadamba Saadham is more or less same as Bisi Bele Baath or Sambar Saadham but the answer is NO.

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Kadamaba Saadham is made using all native vegetables like Broad Beans,Raw Banana,Ash Gourd(white pumpkin),Clustered beans,Brinjals and DEVOID of Onion,garlic,corriander leaves,Garam Masalas like cinnamon,cloves,elaichi etc.
In temples they avoid using potatoes and carrots as well,but in today's recipe I have included them as all the native vegetables are not relished by my family.

We can add boiled kabuli channa /kondakadalai/chick peas or Karamani/Lobia or even Black Channa.
I have seen variations where in even paruppu urundais are added to this kadamba saadham.I have not tried that so far hence I am not including that in this recipe.
As it makes use of native vegetables ,even Jains can make and relish this south indian main course.

Jain Version : Make use of vegetables like White Pumpkin,Broad Beans(Sem ki fali),Clusterd Beans(Gavaar),Raw Banana (Kaccha Kela),Surti Lilva,Lobia.

Preparation Time : 20 mins
Cooking Time : 40-45 mins
Serves  : 4-5 people generously
Complexity: Medium

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Roasted Almond Chocolates

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Chocolate is absolutely irresistable. There hardly shall  be a person who dislikes chocolates. Seeing a chocolate the child in us comes out and we forget our surroundings and happily enjoy the chocolate journey.
As kids we have had our favourite chocolate brands like Cadbury's Dairy Milk, Five star,Nestle Milkybar,Nutties,Fruit and Nut and the list is just endless.
My favourite has always been The Fruit n Nut from Cadbury's. I would just wait to bite onto the roasted almonds infused in the chocolate bar and it would be such a wonderful taste to feel the roasted almond and the melting chocolate ...aaaha...pure bliss !!!
Well,today's chocolate is loaded with roasted almonds and with every bite you can feel the flavor of the crunchy almonds.
You can make these chocolates and store them ahead of children's birthday parties or any get togethers. They definately taste better than the store bought ones, fresh and eggless as well.

Linking this to the Kid's delight event of  Valli  ;
Event guest hosted by Sizzling Tastebuds : Kids Delight - Chocolate dishes theme


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This recipe has step by step instructions for chocolate making at home making it a breeze even for beginners .

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : nil
Makes : 12- 15 chocolates
Complexity : Medium

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Aloo Paratha | Stuffed Potato Flat Bread

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Aloo Paratha just does not need any formal introduction . Its an absolute favorite from toddlers to elders. It falls into the category of recipes that go by the saying " No one can eat just one".

As much as everyone likes to eat aloo paratha,the process to make it is slightly complicated .The art of packing the filling into the rolled out dough and further rolling it into a paratha is what we need to master; and once you get a hold then making aloo parathas is just a breeze.
It took me also many trials and experiments before I can present this less messy method  here today. 

The key to getting the best taste of the paratha is that  the stuffing needs to spread evenly while rolling . With each bite of the paratha  we must feel the potato stuffing in the mouth.
I will try to give you  the best and less complicated way to make your favorite aloo parathas.

Preparation Time : 30 - 40 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 8-9 parathas
Complexity : High

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Baafela Dudhi/Lauki Na Mutiya | Steamed Bottlegourd dumplings

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Muthiya is a famous tea time snack from the land of food lovers..yes you guessed it right..GUJARAT.
Gujaratis are really fun loving and food loving people.Having grown up with a lot of gujju friends , I was very lucky to have tasted all their yummy preparations.

Muthiya is a traditional snack made using vegetables like doodhi/lauki/bottle gourd,cabbage, methi/fenugreek leaves ,palak/spinach .The two variants are steamed and deep fried. The deep fried ones are very tasty while the steamed ones are tasty as well as healthy.
The deep fried muthiyas have a longer shelf life and can be used in various gravies like undhiya or tamatar muthiya nu saak etc.The steamed ones can be had as a starter or tea time snack with green chutney and sauce.
There is not much complexity involved in making these yummy snacks and can be put together in less than 30 mins.
While making Dudhi muthiyas we have to remember that Bottlegourd/dudhi is a water vegetable and has high water content,hence we donot need to add extra water while kneading the dough .

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 25 min ( Steaming - 20 mins | Shallow frying - 5 mins )
Serves : 3-4 people (Makes about 20-30 muthiyas)
Complexity : Medium

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Avarekaalu Kootu | Mochakottai Kootu | Surti Papdi Gravy

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Avarekaalu (Kannada) / Mochakottai (Tamil) /Surti Papdi -Lilva (Hindi/Gujrati) is a winter vegetable and is available in plenty in the markets. Fresh and green its very very tempting to buy.

Every year during this season there is an Avarekaalu Mela hosted in Bangalore,Karntaka wherein recipes using this beans are show cased extensively and innovatively.

Traditionally it is used in Upma/Uppitu,Nippatu(flat disc fried snack),Saaru(rasam),Akki Roti(flat bread made of rice),Huli/Sambar,Sagu (mix veg gravy),Kootu ,Pulao .
People in Karnataka buy this in Kgs and very patiently de pod them and relish them.Click here to  know more about the Avarekaalu Mela 

The Gujratis and Maharashtrians also use this widely in their cuisine,Undhiyo being the most popular one in Gujarat.

I personally love these beans and use it extensively in my cooking in the winter season. My favorite being Avarekaalu Upma and Akki Roti.

Today's recipe is a typical south indian gravy which is made frequently at my home using various vegetables in different combinations. In this particular recipe I have used avarekaalu,potato and carrot.
Mix the kootu with steamed rice and spoon of ghee and have it with some crunchy appalam/papads or vadams/fryums...I am sure you will be transported to a different world of taste !!!

Preparation Time : 10mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 3-4
Complexity : Medium

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Aloo Poha | Batata Poha

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Aloo Poha is a very common breakfast item in most homes. Its very easy and gets done in less than 15 mins.

Very ideal to prepare in case we have sudden guests or running out of time to prepare breakfast.Kids also like this because of the favourite ingredient ALOO.

Can be packed for lunch box as well.Its almost as good as a full meal due to the carbohydrate contents present in poha as well as potatoes.

The technique to measure the right quantity of poha to be used : 2 fistfulls of poha is sufficient for one person.

[fistfull {muttibhar-hindi}/{kaypidi-tamil}]


Example : If making breakfast for 3 people ,we can use 6 to 7 fistfulls of poha .

Preparation Time : 10 min
Cooking Time : 10-15 mins
Complexity : Simple
Serves : 2-3

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Kovil Ven Pongal | Khara Pongal | South Indian Khichdi

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A very simple yet a flavorful dish,Ven Pongal also known as Uppu Pongal / Khara Pongal is one of the prominent breakfast items along side idli ,dosa,medhu vada etc in South India.

Just as I mentioned about the Kovil(temple) Thayir Saadham ,this pongal also has a very unique and a delectable taste when served as prasadam in temple.

Especially during the auspicious month of Margazhi [Dec 14 - Jan 14] (Maargashira/Dhanur Month) almost all temples serve this Pongal piping hot soon after offering it to the Lord early in the morning. It requires no accompaniment like chutney or sambar just the aroma of pure ghee makes it very very tasty and satisfies your tastebuds craving for some more.Ofcourse you cannot ask for more since its Prasadam. Why worry??make it at home and enjoy !!

Making Pongal at home is just simple. Involves only 2 steps : cooking the dal and rice together and then seasoing it with cumin(jeera),pepper(milagu),ginger,curry leaves  and cashews roasted in ghee.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 2-3 generously
Complexity : Easy

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Thakkali / Tomato Chutney (No Onion No Garlic version)

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Tomato Chutney is a spicy tangy chutney/dip made out of ripe tomatoes .A perfect accompaniment for any south indian breakfast or even curd rice.
There are various ways in which we can prepare tomato chutney,this is a No Onion No garlic version of preparation.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Serves : 3-4
Complexity: Simple

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Methi Puri | Methi Poori

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Poori /Puri is a deep fried  Indian flat Bread made from whole wheat flour. Methi Puri is made by kneading the whole wheat flour with finely chopped methi/fenugreek leaves with some spices and salt.
Winter is a very good time to consume fenugreek /methi because it is available abundantly and helps increase immunity and produces body heat naturally to combat the harsh winters.

Preparation Time : 15-20 min
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 3-4 (Makes about 20 puris)
Complexity : Medium High

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Capsicum Baath / Capsicum Rice

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Capsicum Rice / Capsicum Baath is a very flavourful ,colorful and easy recipe to make if you have the Baath Masala ready with you as well as cooked rice.
You can make it on one of the days when you are in no mood for cooking an elaborate meal.
Pair it with any raita,fried papads/fryums and curd rice ,makes up for a sumptuous lunch/ dinner by itself..
South Indians especially Tamilians can include this in their Kannu Festival Menu or Aadi Perukku menu where mainly Kalandha Saadham(Mixed rice) is prepared for Festival feast.

Click here for the recipe for Baath Masala.

You can make use of this masala powder to make Mix vegetable baath,Vaangi Baath (Brinjal Baath) ,Menthya Baath (Fenugreek Rice) etc.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 25 min
Serves : 2-3 generously
Complexity : Medium

Jain Version :  Skip groundnuts/peanuts totally and follow the recipe as is .


Aloo Tamatar sabji | Potato Tomato Gravy (Easy cooker method)

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This gravy is very versatile and goes well with rotis,puris and even simple pulav varieties.
Made in cooker in one shot ,takes less than 15 20 mins to get done.
If you are expecting guests at a very short notice this one definitely come to your rescue.

Preparation Time : 5mins
Cooking time: 20mins
Serves : 2-3
Complexity: Simple

No onion No garlic version : Skip the ginger garlic paste and use only ginger and follow the recipe as it

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Veg Pulav

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Veg Pulav is by and large everyone's favorite including children since it is very mild and doesn't have any over powering masalas / spices.

This particular version of veg pulav is very close to my heart as I have a lot of childhood memories associated with it.Being a very picky/fussy eater as a kid,my mom would make this quite often so that vegetables get incorporated.
My close friend 'D' has always been a great fan of this Pulav and she would always be there with me to indulge into.
If she was unable to make it for lunch or dinner when Pulav was on the menu at my place my mom would make sure it reaches her without fail. This post is dedicated to her --An ardent Veg Pulav Lover :- ) .. D this one's for you.

Loaded with vegetables it makes a complete meal by itself and can be paired with any simple raita or even plain curd/yogurt.

Preparation Time : 15 min
Cooking Time : 15-20 mins
Serves : 2
Complexity : Simple

No Onion No Garlic Version : Use only ginger paste / chopped ginger / grated ginger


Kovil Thayir Saadham|Temple Style Curd Rice|Dhadhiyodhannam

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Thayir Saadham/Curd Rice / Dahi Chawal is a comfort food at any given point in time. During scorching summer heat a bowl of chilled curd rice with a dash of lemon or mango pickle is a bliss to our digestive system.

For those of you who have visited the South Indian Temples (Kovil) either in South India or Temples managed by South Indians ,Curd rice served there as Prasad is very heavenly and unique in taste.
Each temple has a different style of making it ,but the end product is simply mind blowing.

The other names for Curd Rice are Bahala Baath /Bagaala Baath ,Dhadhiyodhanam,Daddhojannam.

Jain Version : Skip the ginger and follow the recipe as is

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 25 mins
Serves : 2-3 generously
Complexity : Simple

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Inji Karvepillai Thogayal | Ginger Curryleaves Chutney

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In this post we shall see how to make a chutney/ thogayal(thuvayal) [Tamil] using Ginger and curryleaves.

Ginger as well as curryleaves are widely used in many forms in the Indian Kitchens and South Indian kitchens are no exception.

Both these ingredients are very beneficial for proper digestion ,overall health and immunity.

The wonderful aroma of roasted curryleaves is something to be experienced personally.

This chutney can be used as an accompaniment for idlis,dosas,rotis or mixed with hot steaming rice with a dollop of ghee.

Thuvayal/Thogayal as such is a little thick in consistency but if you want it to be a little loose/runny you can add some warm water and adjust the consistency.

Preparation Time : 5-10 mins
Cooking Time : 5 mins
Complexity : simple
Serves : 2-3 people

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Thakkali/Tomato Rasam | South Indian Tomato Soup

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Rasam (Tamil),Saaru (Kannada) ,Chaaru (Telugu) is always a part of the main course meal served soon after Sambar Rice and just before Curd rice .It can also be sipped as an appetiser as well.

The Iyengars call this as SaatruAmudhu / SaathuAmudhu literally meaning Nectar to Rice (Amudhu - Nectar and Saatru/Saatham - Rice)

In Tamil Rasam actually means "The Juice". Juice can mean anything,but rasam is now synonymous to the soup prepared with Tamarind juice or Tomato juice as the base or even a combination of the two in set proportion. along with a spice powder (Rasam Powder) made of cumin (jeera),pepper(milagu),red chillies,corriander seeds(dhaniya) and turmeric.

This Rasam Powder can be made in advance and stored in air tight container and used as and when required. Click here for recipe of the rasam powder

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves : 2-3 generously
Complexity : medium

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Urulaikizhangu Curry / Aloo Sabji / Potato Stir Fry

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Potato/Aloo /Urulaikizhangu...the name itself is so special and mouthwatering. A versatile vegetable and everyone's favorite from kids to adults.
Here is a simple yet yummy stir fry to go well with any south indian sambar or kootu or tamarind based gravy like vethakolambu or milagu kuzhambu.
This is an awesome side dish for the ever comforting Rasam rice or Curd Rice.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Complexity : simple
Serves : 2-3

Bansi Rava /Daliya Upma

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Call it Bansi Rava (Telugu/Kannada),Samba Godhumai/Naatu Rava (Tamil),Dalia(hindi/gujrati),Broken Wheat / Cream of Wheat (English) is a very healthy and a diabetic friendly ingredient.

The procedure to make upma is the same as Rava Upma ;the only difference that I have observed is that Dalia/Bansi Rava gets roasted quickly and absorbes good amount of water yitelding a good quantity of upma.

The sweetness of the wheat adds a mild sweet and nutty flavor to the upma. I haved added a teaspoon of rasam powder while making the upma which gave some extra spiciness.

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South Indian Filter Coffee

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The charm,flavor and taste of freshly brewed Filter Coffee cannot beat any of the instant coffee brands in my opinion. Though the process is slightly lengthy to prepare a cup of coffee,but its worth all the effort.

South Indians  especially Tamilians are filter coffee lovers and the common scene in the early morning in most households would be the men folk reading the Daily newspaper ; HINDU or The Times of India to be precise and the women folk religiously handing over the cup of filter coffee mostly known as KAAPI (south indian phonetic rendering of COFFEE) to their better halves.

Quick Introduction to filter coffee : The art of mixing freshly boiled milk to athick decoction obtained by brewing best quality finely ground coffee powder in a traditional coffee filter or the Percolator .

Semia /Vermicelli Upma - Shavigge Uppit

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Upma is one of the staple breakfast menus in most of the households.Its quick and easy to make at the same time its sumptuous and filling when you add vegetables to it.
Rava Upma,Sabudana Upma,Variations of Poha - Tamarind Poha,Aloo Poha,Vegetable poha ,Broken Rice Upma etc etc are some of the varieties of upma you can try.

This version of semia upma has tomatoes and peas ,while you can even make the vegetable version following the same procedure but adding extra veggies of your choice.

I use the non roasted vermicelli of MTR Brand  and do the roasting at the time of preparation.In case you use the roasted vermicelli,the steps remain the same except that you save time on roasting the semia.

These upma varieties can also be packed for lunch box for kids as well as adults.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 2-3
Cooking Complexity : medium
Water ratio : 1 cup vermicelli : 13/4th cup water.

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