Friday, October 20, 2006

Sooji Upma

This dish is a favorite with almost everybody. Easy to make, this is one dish that almost all newbie cooks learn. Everyone has their own take - my sis adds a little sambar masala; my mom used to add the veggies of the season; my sis in law adds a handful of cashews ... I got this recipe from K's Mom. It is easy, quick and delicious.

1 cup sooji
2 tbsp chana dal
1 medium onion, sliced finely
2 green chillies, chopped fine
1" ginger, minced
1 tomato, chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
10-12 curry leaves
Salt to taste
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp lemon juice

Heat a pan over medium heat. Add sooji and roast till light brown, stirring constantly. Remove and keep aside.
In the same pan, heat oil and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to crackle, add the curry leaves and chana dal. Then add the sliced onions. When the onion turns golden brown add the ginger and green chillies. Cook till the ginger begins to brown, 1-2 minutes.
Now add the sliced tomato and cook till the tomato is almost done. Add salt and water and bring to boil. Bring heat to low and add sooji slowly stirring constantly. Cover and remove from fire and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot with Coconut or Green Chutney. Enjoy !!

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