Monday, April 30, 2007

Spinach Upma

Spinach Upma
Yet another JFI post...and this month JFI joins hands with Nandita's WBB and is dedicated towards green leafy vegetables. It is hosted by dear Indira of Mahanandi, who is the mastermind behind this wonderful food event.

Green leafy vegetables conjured up umpteen number of recipes, but none of them could be executed on time and I had to settle in for a simpler one. I miss the variety of greens available back home and try to make the most of what we get here...Spinach, Amaranth leaves, Methi to name a few.

As everyone knows, dark green leafy vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and are a good source of fiber too. Whether they are stir fried, cooked with dal or mashed into rotis, they deliver what they are best at!

Today's recipe is Spinach Upma. I have given a twist to the usual upma and it doesn't fail to charm. Hope you find that way too...

Recipe:

Spinach - 3 to 4 big handfuls - Washed and chopped finely
Rawa/ Sooji/ Semolina - 3/4 cup
Water - 2.5 cups
Onion - 1 Small one - Sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 4 medium ones - Cut lengthwise
Grated Ginger - 1/4 Teaspoon

For Seasoning:

Mustard Seeds - 1/4 Teaspoon
Urad Dal - 1 Teaspoon
Channa Dal - 1 Teaspoon
Asofoetida / Inguva/ Perungayam/ Hing - 2 Pinches
Curry Leaves - 4 to 5
Cashewnuts - 1 Tablespoon
Oil - 2 to 3 Teaspoons

Roast Sooji till very light brown and keep aside. Heat oil in a sauce pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add urad dal and channa dal and fry till light brown. Add asofoetida, curry leaves, green chillies and cashewnuts. Fry for a moment and add the sliced onion and a pinch of turmeric. Fry till light brown and add the spinach and the grated ginger. Let it wilt and fry for a couple of minutes. Add water and salt and let it come to a boil. Add sooji when the water is boiling and stir without lumps. Cook till all the water is absorbed and the upma comes together.

Serve with a dot of ghee!

26 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Chandrika, spinach upma looks just scrumptious! Wish I could have a plate of that for breakfast today :)

Asha said...

Good old Uppittu turned even more nutritious!!Good job Chandrika,looks delicious:)

Sandeepa said...

Yet again one more beautiful photo
Do you cook only for JFI, just kidding :)

Sneha said...

Looks yum and nutritious! Nice pic!

Kribha said...

Dear Chandrika,
I always make only vegetable upma. This is an intresting variation. will try it surely. Picture looks delicious.

Mallugirl said...

busy, chandrika? nice way to add greens to an upma.

Shyam said...

Wow, I'm not a fan of upma really, but I could eat this right off my monitor!!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Mouth watering picture. I some times use methi leaves to make upma. Will try your version next time.

Swapna said...

That's such an innovative dish..Lovely photo, Chandrika and a great entry for JFI

Sharmi said...

hey thats a great entry. pic looks amazing.

sudhav said...

Chandrika, the recipe sounds healthy will try this soon..thanks for sharing..

Roopa said...

Hi ! Uppittu looks very delicious and yummy i love anykind of uppittu! nice photo!

Prema Sundar said...

Wow Amzing picture chandrika. I have always admired the photos in ur blog. Spinach upma is new to me.. sounds interesting. thanks for sharing.

DEEPA said...

hello chandrika ...Very different upma and unique ..looks great ..first time in ur blog ..

N said...

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Shivapriya said...

Nice picture chandrika. Upma looks delicious.

swapna said...

hi chandrika
spinach upma looks tooooo good.the picture is wonderful!!!!

Vani said...

Upma never looked better, C! :)

ramya said...

hai,
This spinach upma looks ver nice and this is nutritious.Nice try and nice idea.

Chandrika said...

Thanks Linda! Will be happy to send it to you! :-)

Yes Indeed! I love uppittu Asha!

:-)) Just a coincidence Sandeepa!

Chandrika said...

Thanks Sneha!

Sure, give it a try Kribha!

Ya Shaheen...Sort of tied up...

Chandrika said...

Oh wow! That is a very inspiring comment Shyam! Thank you!

Thanks Suma! Methi with upma...I shud try it next..

Chandrika said...

Thank you Swapna...

Thanks Sharmi..

Thanks Sudha..

Chandrika said...

Glad you like it Roopa... I like upittu too..

Thank you Prema...

Welcome Deepa...Thank you and keep visiting...

Thank you Shivapriya...

Chandrika said...

Thank u Swapna...I am glad you liked it...

Thanks Vani...:-)

Thanks Ramya...

Raaga said...

Hi Chandrika: Your picture from this post has been stolen here: http://adukkula.blogspot.com/2009/07/spinach-upma.html