A typical American breakfast consist of eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes, or toast. In India there is no such thing as a typical breakfast, what people eat in the morning differs from one region to another. In North India, a breakfast could consist of masala omelet, aloo parathas (flatbread stuffed with spiced potatoes), and aloo puri (potato curry with deep-fried bread). In South India,people eat steamed rice cakes, crispy rice crepes, and Upma (savory semolina porridge).
Though upma (savory semolina porridge)originates from South India, it has become a popular breakfast item all over India. It is traditionally always made with semolina, which is a healthy grain that is low in fat, high in protein and iron. An array of vegetables can be added to upma making it a delicious, filling, and nutritious breakfast.
I grew up eating upma and I remember I would always be so happy when my mom would make upma on the weekends for breakfast or a quick-lunch. I stopped eating upma for a while because quite frankly up until a few weeks ago I didn’t even know how to make this dish. I am ashamed to admit that the first time I made upma was from a package mix (It wasn’t very tasty).
When you live at home and have parents who willingly make you all your favorite dishes, the motivation to cook it yourself is non-existent. Now days, since I am the only one who cooks in my house (the husband only does desserts), if I am craving things I love I have to make it myself.
I have been making and eating upma (savory semolina porridge) every day for the last 3 weeks. I ditched the packaged mix upma after realizing how simple it is to make it from scratch. My recipe for Upma (savory semolina porridge) is a little spicy, a little tangy, vegetarian, and vegan. I love this recipe because it takes only 20 minutes to make and is very versatile as it can be made for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner.
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