I always had a mind set that Telugu cuisine is extremely hot and spicy food and the curries are red in color. But when I got a chance to taste this upma which her mom prepared, I liked it. The procedure sound much simpler. The steps are much similar to making the Idiyappam or Pathiri dough.
After a while I got a chance to prepare this for dinner. The way I prepared is a lengthy process and it is not the same way as she mentioned. According to my friend’s recipe, the seasoning and cooking happens in the same pan. Here I first cooked dough and then seasoned…
- Roasted Rice flour – 1 cup ( i used the same rice flour which which we use to make pathiri)
- salt to taste
- Water – 1.5 cups
- Coconut Oil – 1 teaspoon
- Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
- Asafoetida (hing) a pinch
- dry red chilies – 4 to 5
- curry leaves of a string
- mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
- urad dal – 1/2 tsp
You have to,
- Boil water, salt in a pan in medium flame.
- When it starts boiling reduce the flame to low and add rice powder little by little .
- Stir it. Keep it on fire till all the water is absorbed by the rice powder.
- Remove from fire. Close and keep it for 5-10 minutes
- Kneed this mix to form a soft dough. Add 1 tsp oil if the dough is sticky. Make tiny balls (marble shaped) and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan in medium flame
- Add hing
- Now add urad dal. After 10 sec add mustard seeds.
- Once it pops up add broken dry red chilli, curry leaves
- Now add the prepared rice balls.
- Mix well. You could break those tiny ball if you desire. It is not mandatory.
- Now close with a lid and leave it for approx 5 minutes.
- Remove from fire and leave it closed for another 5 minutes.
- Serve warm.
Another version of this recipe has buttermilk. Buttermilk and rice flour is mixed well to form a paste and then added to the seasoning. It is stir fried in medium to low flame till it is cooked. It will be thick. With the bottom of a spoon break into tiny crumbs. Buttermilk give a different flavor to this recipe.Yet to try that way
For me it is a simple and quick comfort food … You could eat it as it is or serve with a coconut chutney.
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