Sunday, 8 February 2009

VEGETABLE LOVE 2009 - Upma / Spicy Semolina with Mixed Vegetables

I am posting this recipe as an entry for the Vegetable Love 2009 competition.

This is the first culinary competition I am participating . I am very excited . The recipe I have posted is very easy and quick recipe. The advantage of making this is , it takes just 20 - 25mins to make it from scratch and its absolutely delicious and not to forget, its healthy too. Hence, you don't need to spend hours and hours in the kitchen preparing a meal for the special day. About the recipe, its a south Indian breakfast , but can be eaten for evening snack or as any main meal. I have used 5 different vegetables and 1 type of herb.


1 cup mixed frozen vegetables (preferably without green beans. I have used frozen peas,half fresh carrot chopped and frozen mixed peppers. You could also add frozen sweet corns or baby corns)
1 large onion chopped corsely
1 medium sized tomato chopped coarsely
1/2 cup semolina
2 1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal / beaten black gram
1 sprig curry leaves
2 medium hot green chillies slit into two
handful of chopped corrainder
2 tbsp grated coconut/ dessicated coconut (optional)
1/2 tsp salt


Heat a wok and dry roast semolina till it leaves an aroma , this may take about 5 mins. Remove the semolina into a bowl. Now heat oil in the same wok , add mustard seeds. After they stop spluttering, reduce the flame to minimum and add urad dal/ beaten black gram, curry leaves, green chillies. Saute it for a minute and then add onions. Saute this for a minute or two and add tomatoes and mixed vegetables and salt. Cover and cook on medium flame for 5 - 10 mins or till they are cooked. You can add 2 tbsp water if the vegetables are dry. Now add all the roasted semolina and 2 1/2 cups of warm water. Now reduce the flame to minimum and gently stir it for 3 -4 mins till semolina absorbs all the water and becomes a semi solid consistency. Remove from flame . Garnish with grated coconut and corrainder.


SusanV said...

I am really excited to try this. It looks delicious and fairly easy to make. Thanks so much for entering it into the contest!

Varsha Prabhu said...

Thanks Susan. I am eagerly waiting for the round up . Infact I am waiting for ur entry. I had tried ur tofu cheesecake.... Oh my God!!! that was the first time I was eating cheesecake and I pledged I wud make it and treat my self every now and then.

aTxVegn said...

This is one of my favorite entry's at Susan's contest - very nice!

Anonymous said...

So unique and pretty... great job! :-D

Alicia said...

Looks delicious. I love South Indian food. I have a big bag of frozen vegetables I need to use up. Looks easy too.

Jeni Treehugger said...

I LOVE this (which is the whole point of Valentines day isn't it). It looks so delicious not to mention pretty to look at and I bet it's pretty darn tasty as well.
Good luck.

Romina (La Cucina Vegan) said...

This looks so great. I am anxious to try it. This is the first time Ihave entered a culinary contest as well but I am voting for yours!!

Varsha Prabhu said...

Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Thanks to aTxVegn, vegwife, Alicia, Jeni Treehugger and Romina for leaving a comment and appreciating my effort. I regret for not getting a chance to vote this time because I was out of town. Thank you once again.