Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gothumai Rava Upma ~ A simple spicy meal made with broken wheat

Gothumai Rava Upma

While I am still clearing and organising the things put away carelessly, or rather dumped, during the post wedding phase, I stole some time to check my unread e-mails. Among loving enquiries of absence, ad requests, and personal mails, a few ones from my readers caught my attention. Their common and prime request had been nothing else but to post healthy meals. Simple dishes rich in fibre, wholesome and easy to make with available ingredients. I realised  I had been doing injustice with blogging  with not a good combination of recipes though I take extreme care with my everyday cooking.

Lately, I have been making this 'broken wheat meal' or 'Godhumai upma' made by 'Gothumai rava' for my better half twice a week for dinner but haven't really thought of blogging about it, probably because the portion gets over by night and there wont be anymore left for the next day's photo shoot. So, this one you see was made in the morning, shot, blogged and reserved for his dinner :)

I have made this according to his palate preferences; soaked in butter milk instead of water as he likes the natural tanginess of the same, extra ginger bits and no addition of vegetables. He insists Rava Upma has to be made this way and the addition of vegetables makes it a 'Khichadi'.

Soaking time- 15-20 minutes
Total stove top time- 15-20 minutes

Now, to make the 'Upma' to serve one,
Get Ready with:

Broken wheat rava - 3/4 cup
Table salt- 1/2 -3/4 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Urad dal- 1/4 tsp
Bengal Gram dal- 1 tsp
Ginger, a one inch pc, chopped fine
Green chillies- 2, slit across
Big onion- 1 chopped
Thin and slightly sour butter milk - 3/4 cup or enough to soak the rava
Chopped coriander leaves- 1-2 tbsps
Curry leaves- A sprig


Godhumai Ravai Upma

Soak rava for 15-20 minutes in butter milk and salt, enough to cover and the liquid stays 1 cm above it. In the meanwhile chop the onions, ginger, chillies and coriander. After the rava has soaked well (press the grains to check whether they are fully hydrated and soft), heat a tbsp of oil in a non-stick kadai, splutter mustard seeds, brown the urad dal followed by the bengal gram dal. Throw in the ginger bits, chillies and onions in order and saute until the onions are translucent and partly cooked. Say for 2-3 minutes in medium flame.

Godhumai Ravai Upma

Add in the soaked rava. Stir gently to combine. Close the kadai with a lid for 5 minutes keeping the flame low. Stir the upma at intervals, twice or thrice during this phase and close to lock the steam in. Open after 5 minutes. The Upma will be sticky at this point. Keep stirring at intervals, adding curry and coriander leaves in the open kadai, until the stickiness wades off and the rava is cooked with the seasonings infused well enough, for around 8-10 minutes. The Upma shouldn't be too dry as well. There should be a tint of moisture when you feel it between your fingers.
Serve hot with Coconut Chutney. I made it later in the evening and could not include here :)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All is Well :)

Iam filled with awe, if asked to explain how the past 6 months flew, ever since my previous post!
Each moment had been eventful; full filled, hectic, emotional, exciting, worrying, stressful, anxious... Yes, my kid had grown up to a young lady of 21 in between these months and was already engaged to my friend's son who lives in the U.S. Nimmy and me are good friends living in the same area of this town. Probably we have never thought of a union of our children, but our relatives did! Those were the moments of anxiety which carved our minds. We stepped into a non-comfort zone called 'dead silence' and seldom talked over phone for a fortnight: what if the other one denies the proposal? Would we be able to face each other with the same spirit, the relationship unmarred? Chilly February nights saw the mothers sleepless in their bed rooms. What if the children weren't interested? How can a successful business based family merge comfortably with another one supported by strong educational background, again equally successful? We never uttered a word to the wide circle of common friends we had. Delicate moments. We literally walked on 'thin ice', as Nimmy recalls the situation. Finally our husbands broke the ice by arranging a casual meet of both the families by the end of the same month and ever since all happened over coffee table chats. We were too comfortable with one another.The talks were open and straight forward. We cared less about formality and more about practicality. We, the parents blissfully shopped together, dined together, made fun of one another and dared the so called 'evil eyes' :).  We worked hard, prayed and wished for our childrens' well being as any parents.
 All the ceremonies went smooth and importantly, traditionally elegant! The massive support of the extended families on both the sides had been overwhelming. If I missed to say this, the chemistry between the kids went perfect!
The simple wedding followed by a grand reception were held earlier this month. The boy is back in the U.S 2 days back and my girl is preparing to join him soon.
Thank you for all who had enquired the absence through lovingly concerned mails. The roller coaster, which has missed many aspects in the big world called blogging, non- updated with novices, is slowly getting back to its station with a soft screech!