Brown Rice Upma

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Upma is one of the traditional South Indian breakfasts. Upma can be made in several different ways. Here is recipes for upma made with whole grain brown rice.



Soak brown rice for half hour. Bake it at  375 degree Fahrenheit or 180 Centigrade  for 15 min. Blend it in a blender into coarse granules. Keep this a side.

In a saucepan dry roast mustard seed, urad dal and cumin seeds for one minute. Add chilies, ginger, onion and curry leaves and sauté them for a minute. Add tomatoes followed by 6 cups of water. Cover with a lid. Let the water boil. Add salt and stir. Add cracked rice and cover with a lid. Cook until the rice is soft (for 5 minutes).

Squeeze juice of a 1/2 lemon. Add 2 tablespoons of cilantro for garnishing.

Transfer to the serving dish.

Hint: Cracked brown rice can be prepared ahead and stored in a container in a dry place for several weeks.



1 cup of brown rice (200 grams)
3 chilies, finely chopped
1-inch of ginger, finely chopped
1 medium onion, cut into thin long pieces
10-15 curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon of urad dal (white lentils)
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds (Jeera)
2 Tomatoes, cut into 1cm pieces
Salt for taste (1/2 teaspoon)