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For Day 3 of BM# 16 under "breakfast" theme, I made a super simple and comforting upma. Growing up, I was not a big upma fan. But now that I'm older and wiser, I realized how quick and easy making upma is and the dish can be dressed up or down as per the occasion. As I was looking for breakfast recipes in Mallika Bhadrinath's "100 Tiffin Varieties", I found this vegetable upma variation. I thought the addition of tamarind with mixed vegetables was interesting and decided to give it a try. This upma is slightly spicy and tangy and...


34 serving

Total time

30 minutes




  • 1 cup cup almond meal (Fine emolina (Sooji, Bombay Rawa))
  • 1 onion (- learge, thinly sliced)
  • 2 chilies (Green - slit)
  • 2 cups cup almond meal (Mixed Vegetables - chopped (I used potatoes, carrots and peas. Cabbage, capsicum and cauliflower would be good too))
  • 1 tomato (- chopped)
  • 3 tsp tamarind (pulp)
  • cup almond meal
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 red chili (Dry)
  • 6 - 8 Curry leaves ((I didn't have any on hand))


  1. Heat 2tsp oil and 1tsp ghee in a large pan, add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add onions and green chilies; saute until onions turn translucent.
  2. Next add the mixed vegetables and cook covered on medium-low flame until tender.
  3. Add tomato and cook for a minute.
  4. Next add turmeric and tamarind and cook until it does not smell raw anymore, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add 3cups of water to the veggies; cover and bring to a boil. Slowly add the sooji/ bombay rawa in a steady stream while continuously stirring the water to avoid forming lumps. Cook on medium-low flame until all water is absorbed and semolina is cooked through, this will take about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Leave covered for 5 minutes. Serve hot with as is or with pickle or chutney.
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