This was a very common breakfast at my home, simply because it is very easy to prepare , wholesome and very yummy.With some salad and yogurt, can be had at lunch or dinner too.
Upma is usually made with Sooji or Semolina in most parts of India and most are not aware that cracked wheat can be an awesome substitute in this recipe.
Why cracked wheat upma?
Sooji is a refined product and cracked wheat is not
Cracked wheat need not be pre-toasted, this reduces the cooking time considerably
Cracked wheat does not form lumps when you cook…so you can make a Carefree cracked wheat upma!!! absolutely zero concentration required.
Cracked wheat – 1 cup
Water – 2.25 cups
green chillies – 3
red chillies – 3
carrots+peas – 1 cup (if not using veggies reduce the water to 2 cups)
1 mediu onion sliced thin
Mustard seeds – tsp
Channa dal aka broken chickpeas – 1 tsp
chopped ginger – 1 inch piece
oil – 2 tbsp
Heat a wide thick-bottomed vessel with 2 tablespoons of oil and let it reach smoking point. Now crackle the mustard seeds, fry the channa dal to a light pink, add the chillies , ginger and onions.
Once the onions are translucent add the veggies, saute for a minute, add the 2.25 cups of water, season with salt and close it with a lid. It is important that the water is slightly salty than how you want your upma to be. Once the water starts boiling, add the cracked wheat, give it a stir, close the lid and cook it for a couple of minutes till it is done. Once you feel the upma is done and soft, switch off the stove, close it with the lid and leave it to rest for 5 minutes. This step is very important if you do not want a gooey upma. Enjoy the wholesome upma with some pickle and yogurt or coconut chutney.