The concept of Upma originated from South India a long time ago and it is believed that the name is derived from the word ‘Uppu‘, which in mainly south Indian languages means salt, and ‘Mavu’, which means flour. It is a wholesome dish usually made with sooji or semolina or rice flour cooked into a thick porridge-like semi-dry mixture. Its popularity has spread the word across and people have modified this simple and tasty breakfast concept into a number of interesting and innovative ways and concoctions. Upma is a delicious delicacy.
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Traditionally it happens to be served hot for an Indian breakfast but we have adapted it to our own tastes and additions like mild spices, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and coconut, etc add-in to make it more interesting. It is also said that no two cooks would make it exactly the same since each one of them would have their slight classic twist to add into their bowl of Upma from fresh coconut to milk, corn, and peas, etc.. Semolina, being a humble ingredient, is able to accept flavours from several options and choice of ingredients and treat our palate with complete nutrition.
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To prepare Upma does not really need too many ingredients as such and it is one of the most preferred easy to make, quick, and filling option for most people; be it homemakers, chefs, on restaurant menus, cloud kitchen concepts, etc. It happens to be one of the reasonable and most accepted dishes for a very long time now. My own experience with Upma has been great and trying out something new with it besides sooji or semolina is great fun too. For example, making it with daliya or bread cubes/crumbs, seviyan or vermicelli, etc. at times add in some grated or cubes of carrots, some french beans, green peas, boiled sweet corn, etc. I also tried combining various healthy seeds like sunflower, melon, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, etc into Upma which adds a nice crunch into the Upma.
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Here are a few Simple- Healthy- Nutritious ways with Upma:
Recipe 1: TOMATO DALIYA UPMA
Recipe 2: HEALTHY RAVA UPMA
Recipe 3: NUTTY SEVIYAN UPMA
Recipe 4: TADKEWALA RICE ATTA UPMA
Recipe 5: OATS WALA UPMA
Recipe 6: DOUBLE ROTI KA UPMA
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.