- Two and half cups white oats
- A tablespoon each of urad and chana dal
- A teaspoon of mustard seeds
- Two small onions finely chopped
- One tomato chopped
- A small piece of ginger,grated
- Two green chillies chopped
- Three and half cups water
- Salt to taste
- Three tablespoons of sunflower oil
Pour the oil in a kadai and heat it. Add mustard seeds.When they begin to crackle add the dals and fry. Then add the onions and fry till they are translucent.
Add the tomato, ginger and chillies and fry until the raw smell of ginger goes. Add the water and salt and let it come to a boil
Now lower the heat and gradually add the oats and keep stirring until it comes to a porridge consistency. If you cook further you would end up with a very dry upma which will stick to your throat and will be a terrible experience. Switch off the stove and let the upma cool down a bit. It will thicken on its own.
Eat it with pickle and curd.
If you want it to more nutritive, you can add vegetables like carrots and cabbage. In that case after adding the onions, ginger and tomatoes add the vegetables and stir fry them until the vegetables become soft and then add the water and follow the above mentioned procedure.
This upma is ideal for those who hate oats porridge particularly kids.