Monday, November 16, 2009

Rice Rava Upma with chana daal and scallion garnish

Hope you all had a great weekend friends! After a short break due to several things that had come up on the way, I am back with recipes. Yeah... I have been longing to comeback and hardly had a chance to go over some of your interesting recipes I had been missing all this while.  
After a hectic couple of weeks, I am here with one of the dishes waiting in my drafts to hit the screen . So here's the simple and yummy variation to the most common South Indian breakfast tiffin "Upma". We all make upma various ways and with different base and accompanying ingredients. Bombay rava, wheat rava, poha, vermicelli being some of the base ingredients we use, the rice rava upma that I  often make is my DHs favorite of all these. It has that unique taste of its own with its more grainy and coarser texture compared to the regular bombay rava. So here we go-

What we need:

2 cups Rice rava
4 cups water
1/2 cup chana daal soaked in water for abt half hr
2 dried red chillies
1 fresh green pepper
1 tabs chopped fresh ginger
chopped spring onions (scallions) for garnish
for tempering:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad daal

Heres how to make rice rava: wash the rice a couple of times with water, drain and air dry it in a single layer on a clean cloth or paper towels until all the rice is dried out. Coarsely grind the rice using a grinder and sift off the fine flour. The rava that remains after removing the fine flour (which can be stored separately and used in other recipes)  is used here. Rava prepared this way can be strored in an airtight container for a month or more.

Heat oil in a large pan and add the tempering ingredients. When the seeds start to splutter add the dried red chillies followed by green chilies and ginger. Saute for a few secs and stir in the soaked and drained chana daal. Mix and saute for a couple of mins. Now add water to it and desired amount of salt and cook with the lid closed until the water starts to boil. Stir in the rava and mix well.  Close the lid and let cook for another 8-10 mins on medium flame until all the water is taken up and the rava is cooked well. Stir occasionally while it is cooking.  Turn off the flame and garnish with chopped scallions and rice rava upma is ready to serve.

Serving suggestions: Serve hot with pickel or chutney of choice. I personally prefer ginger pickel with this.

Now I would like to thank the kind gestures and awards shared the by blogger friends 
@ Tasty trix for creative blogger award
Indrani @ Appyayan for the fabulous blog, Inspiration award, Yum Yum blog and I love your blog awards
Thank you! It is very inspiring to recieve these from such wonderful bloggers. I would like to pass these to all my blogger friends.


  1. Looks so tempting Raje... can have it anytime and congrats on your awards :)

  2. Congrats!!!Wow.. this is really a tasty dish. :) That looks and sounds so good!

  3. Congratulations on your awards..way to go!

  4. This sounds new to me, never added channa dal to rava upma, will try it next time. Rava upma looks great like the one served at hotels!

  5. I have some rice rava in the house and would like to give it a shot. And hey, thanks for all your comments.

  6. That sounds like a comfort food...Congrats on ur awards...

  7. I'm not a fanatic of upma but this one looks delicious and attractive!

  8. Good to see you back! upma looks so delicious :)

  9. Congrats on ur award...Upma looks delicious and yummy...

  10. Nicely explanation of how to make rice rava. and the upma looks perfect.Congrats on ur awrds dear.

  11. Thats a simple delicious one but love the garnish of spring onions in it...

  12. Wow! Raje... You are back!!! Missed your wonderful posts, was actually thinking where you disappeared!! ;)
    Rice rava upma look delicious.. Mom makes this upma and makes small urundai's and serve as Upma kozhukattai!! Loved your version :)
    And congrats on all your awards!!

  13. Very interesting recipe..looks delicious!!!

  14. Delicious and prefect hungry now..

  15. Thank you all friends for your lovely comments! Being away made me realise how much I am attahced to blogging and you all. Inspite of being busy i sure missed all your thoughts and your wonderful posts too....

  16. oh wow!!! yummy upma..wanna grab it now..
    Congrats on all ur awards.

  17. Upma is one of my favorites for break fast.... I love it... It's a safe bet....for a healthy brk fast...with less oil content...

    & yes by the way, thanks for joining me....


  18. Lovely!The scallions garnish is real nice!!

  19. Upama is my fav bf..havent had this since a long time

  20. This probably qualifies as comfort food, huh?? sure looks like it ... I'd eat it in a heartbeat.

  21. Congrats on your awards Raje...Rice Rava upma looks great. It is one of my and husbands fav. tiffin. Just made it yesterday :)

  22. Hi Raje,

    Upma looks delicious dear!!!

    Kindly pick up the award from my blog dear

    with luv,

  23. Congrats Raje,My mom will prepare in same way,looks good

  24. Olá, amiga!
    Desejo que a alegria do nascimento do pequeno menino de Belém esteja presente em sua vida agora e em todos os minutos de 2010.
    Feliz Natal!!!
    Itabira - Brasil


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