Cracked Wheat Upma

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Ingredients:

  • Cracked wheat ~ 1 cup
  • Onions, sliced lengthwise ~ 1
  • Red chilies ~ 2
  • Peas ~ ½ cup
  • Tomato, chopped into cubes ~ 1
  • Salt ~ to taste
  • Water ~ 2½ cup
  • Oil ~ 1 Tbsp.
  • Mustard ~ 1 tsp.
  • Cilantro ~ a few sprigs

Steps:

  • Add oil to a pan, and once hot, add the mustard seeds, followed by the red chilies.
  • Now add the onions and saute for a couple of minutes. Mix in the tomatoes, and saute until tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add the peas, and give it a stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the salt & water, cover, and let this come to a boil.
  • Add in the cracked wheat, ensuring no lumps are formed, cover and cook until the water has evaporated.
  • Garnish with cilantro.

Semiya Kichadi

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Ingredients:

  • Semiya/Vermicelli ~ 1 cup
  • Onions, slit lengthwise ~ 1
  • Tomato, chopped into small pieces ~ 1
  • Ginger ~ 1 inch
  • Garlic pods ~ 3
  • Green chillies, salt ~ to taste
  • Mixed veggies like carrot, peas, potatoes & beans, chopped into small pieces ~ ½ cup
  • Water ~ 2 cups
  • Cinnamon stick ~ 1
  • Cloves ~ 2
  • Oil ~ 1 Tbsp.

Steps:

  • Roast semiya in a dry skillet until it’s light golden brown, and remove it from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add oil and once hot, add the cinnamon and cloves. To this add ginger, garlic and saute for a minute.
  • Add the onions and green chillies and saute until onions become translucent, after which add the tomatoes and saute for a couple more minutes. To this add the veggies and continue sauteing for a few more minutes.
  • Now add the water and salt, cover and let it come to a boil. Once water’s boiling, add the semiya and mix well.
  • Turn off the stove once the water is all evaporated.

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