Today was All Souls' Day, remembering all good people who have left us with an imprint that even most beautiful of the seasons cannot wipe out from us. Do you believe in heaven and hell? I do believe in heaven and all good things it has to offer. I firmly believe that those who are in heaven see us from up above and is constantly showering us with blessings and prayers.
You might be thinking what heaven has to do with modest upma. Yeah yeah, I know.... This was one food my grandma used to love till she left us. Feed her everyday and she is one happy human being you can find. Oh! and the amount of satisfaction she shows when she chew into it is priceless. Wish I could give her some.
Semolina/Rava - 1 1/2 cups
Water - 3 3/4 cups
Onion - 1 medium
Green chillies - 2
Carrot - 1 small
Ginger - 1 small piece
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Heat oil in a pan, allow mustard seeds to crackle. Add urad dal and curry leaves. Now add chopped onion, green chillies, and ginger. Sauté them for 2 minutes. Add the chopped carrot and lower the flame. Saute them for 2 minutes. Add salt and water. Let the water boil. Now lower the flame and add rava to the water and stir well so that lumps do not form. You will get a gooey looking upma at this point. Now close the lid, lower the flame, let the water reduce and rava gets cooked. Open the lid in between to check if it is cooked. Don't overcook or it can be hard as a rock. Serve hot with ripe banana, any leftover curry, egg roast.
Sprinkle sugar if you have a sweet tooth and a teaspoon of ghee, while upma is still hot. It makes a real treat!