Winter Hot Breakfast: Uppama

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Here is a delicious and nutritious winter weekend breakfast, brunch, or light supper. You can make this recipe with semolina, cream of wheat, or suji from your Indian grocery store--depending upon your shopping convenience. You can also make it with cream of rice (brown rice farina) if you want it gluten free!

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Prepare the veggies (we used multicoloured small garden carrots)

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Roast the semolina



  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 Tbsp ghee or sunflower oil1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies slit sideways (optional, depending how spicy you want it)
  • 1 carrot, chopped1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic frozen peas
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal (optional, gives a good South Indian taste)
  • 1 tsp chana dal (optional, gives a good South Indian taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • chili powder to taste (optional)
  • A few curry leaves (optional, available at Indian grocery stores
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • ¼ cup fried cashew nuts (optional)
  • Cilantro, finely chopped


  • Heat 1T ghee or oil and fry semolina on a moderate heat, stirring constantly, until it is light brown in colour. Set aside.
  • Now heat 2 T ghee or oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow them to splatter.
  • Add the dals and optional curry leaves to it and fry till they turn red. (Omit this step if you don't have these ingredients)
  • Add ginger and green chilies. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add all the vegetables, turmeric, chili powder and salt to taste.
  • Now add 3 cups of water and cover the pan and allow it simmer on low heat until the vegetables are done.
  • Add the fried semolina to it stirring constantly till it thickens.
  • Take off from the heat and add lemon juice if desired.
  • Serve hot garnished with optional cashews and coriander.
  • Eat on its own or serve with coconut chutney or chana dal chutney.
  • I didn't have fresh coconut handy so I very quickly and easily made chana chutney with some dried coconut powder

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