Rava or Farina Uppuma

Uppuma is a complete single meal. This simple recipe is tasty despite using only few ingredients. Mix and match your vegetables and the spices. This is a no-fail recipe, although it requires diligent and vigorous mixing towards the end. You can add any vegetable available and handy with you. For this recipe uppuma is made with rava/ farina/ cream of wheat. You can also make it with cracked wheat, bulgar wheat and broken rice. This recipe has the same texture of polenta. Add spice to the level you would like. Fresh ingredients make your food healthy and tasty. This is a simple and filling recipe. Here is the Youtube video for the recipe.

You need:

  1. Coconut oil, 2 teaspoons, divided
  2. Mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
  3. Cumin/ Jeera seeds, 1 teaspoon
  4. Red chili, 1
  5. Channa dal, 1 teaspoon
  6. Peppercorn, 4
  7. Rava/ farina/ cream of wheat, 1 cup
  8. Salt, 1 teaspoon
  9. Mixed vegetables, 1 1/2 cups
  10. Water 1 cup
  11. Ginger, 1 teaspoon grated, divided
  12. Cilantro, 1 teaspoon, chopped

To do:

  1. In a pan, add coconut oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chili, channa dal, and pepper corn. Toast over medium flame until mustard seeds splutter.
  2. Add rava and salt and dry roast for about 5 minutes. Rava will turn golden and smell roasted.
  3. Add mixed vegetables and water. Stir vigorously to prevent the formation of lumps.
  4. Stir in grated ginger.
  5. Add half teaspoon of coconut oil to prevent uppuma from sticking to the bottom of the vessel.
  6. Cook until the rava leaves the side of the vessel and the rava appears expanded and completely transparent.
  7. Switch off and sprinkle cilantro. Eat warm.
  8. You can refrigerate and freeze uppuma. However, sattvic food is eaten fresh cooked and eaten.

Serving suggestions: Serve uppuma warm with a drizzle of ghee. You can also eat with pickle, apple thokku, puzhukku, and a cup of chai. Squeeze fresh lime for extra zing.