Upma is very famous Indian breakfast. When I bought my new Microwave, After roasting Papad, I tried upma in it. After 3-4 attempts, it was perfectly done. Like my Aai…… my mother , I also add milk with water while making it. It gives a softness and a fresh colour to Upma. And the aroma of ghee will leave you wanting for more. Upma is quickly and perfectly made in Microwave.
Semolina (sooji) (thicker variety) - 3/4 cup
Finely chopped onion - 1
Finely chopped tomato - 1
Chopped green chillies - 3-4
Curry leaves - 7-8
Black gram dal (urad dal) - 3/4 teaspoon
Bengal Gram (Chana dal ) - 3/4 teaspoon
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Asafetida - a pinch
Water -1 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Pure ghee - 1 teaspoon
Salt and sugar to taste
Lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
Chopped coriander and grated coconut for garnishing
Take sooji in Microwave safe dish and roast it for 1-2 minutes stirring in between till it becomes golden brown. In a shallow microwave safe dish, heat oil for 2 minutes at High power. Now add mustard seeds, asafetida, Black and bengal gram. Cook at the same power for 2 minutes. Add green chillies and curry leaves and cook for 1 minutes. Now add onion and cook it for 2 minutes. Then add tomatoes and cook it for 2 minutes. Pour water, milk, salt and sugar and on same power keep it for 1 minute. Add sooji stirring continuously and Microwave covered at 100% power for 5 minutes, stirring twice. Let stand a few minutes. Spread pure ghee from corners to give a nice aroma. Serve with the lemon juice squeezed over and garnish with coriander and coconut.
Note : For time saving, you can roast sooji and make tadka without onion and tomatoes. Mix sooji, salt and sugar in it. You can keep this mixture in refrigerator for a week. Whenever you want to make upma, just add water and milk in it and cook it for 5 minutes. Garam Upma is ready.