Uppittu/ Upma

Uppittu or Upma is so much like fondant! Either you like it or you don't. There is absolutely no two ways about it. I like uppittu, not that i have always liked it, but now i do! My father cant stand it, My cousin cannot have enough of it! Anyways, there are certain joints in Bangalore very very famous for uppittu or Khara bath as it is generally listed on the Darshini menus.
People swear by Brahmin's coffee bar somewhere in Chamrajpet.. i have never been there. But i know of a friend, who goes there every weekend to have break fast!! My personal favorite is SLV near ragi gudda, and S N near Amrish's house in J.P.Nagar... and of course how can i forget Adiga's !!! Lovely lovely khara bath! The taste lingers on my tongue even today....
Tried to recreate those mouth watering stuff and it turned out well.We liked it with the rains courtesy storm Hanna!!!

Sooji 3/4 cup
Oil 1/4 cup or may be ghee!
Shallots 2 diced
Green chillies 8 and above
Tomatoes 2 (preferably tangy ones) diced
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds
Channa Dal 2 tsp
Urad dal 2 tsp
Coconut grated 1 tbsp
Ginger freshly grated 1 tsp

Toast the sooji in a hot pan till warm and fragrant. Set aside to cool. Heat oil in a wok. Toss in the mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves. Wait for it to stop spluttering. Toss the Channa Dal and urad dal. Keep stirring. Toss in the shallots followed by chillies and ginger. Mix in the tomatoes. Cook till all the liquid is evaporated and the tomatoes are mushy. Now measure 1.5+ 1/4 cup of water. The rule is 1:2 sooji:water ratio, but if you like it it softer like me, add in 1/4 cup more. Mix coconut, cover and bring it to a rolling boil. Once the mixture starts bubbling, reduce the heat and mix in the toasted sooji a tablespoon at a time, till all the sooji done. At this point vegetables like capsicum, peas, avarekai(indian beans) can be added. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Finish with Corriander. Serve hot with a pickle on the side.. We also love some crackers or chips on the side!.. Enjoy


Lakshmi said...

Uppittu and a glass full of coffee a treat to empty stomach on morning breakfast table..nice one

ಪುಟ್ಟ PUTTA said...

and also.. lemon pickle. Can I expect an article on avarekalu uppittu?

Kannada Cuisine said...

Sure Putta!
I will post Avarekal uppittu very shortly. Thats infact a nice idea. Keep wathcing for Avarekal uppittu

EC said...

SLV ragi gudda is my fav too..even their north indian dishes are excellent..I hope i dont end up now not cooking for dinner and being seen at SLV :-)

Lakshmi said...

Smithavre, Please take a look at the round up of SWC-K here http://www.tasteofmysore.com/2008/09/swc-karnataka-round-up-1-republished.html

Recipeswap said...

Looks a good as the uppittu in Adigas...

Unknown said...

Uppittu is always been one of my favorite...
Hey you forgot to mention Veena Stores in Malleshwaram

Kannada Cuisine said...

Hi Shashank!

I know i missed out Veena stores, but then i have never had an opportunity to go there, though i have heard about it a lot!
This time when i am Home, i will make it to Veena stores and write about it!

Roochi said...

I love uppitu. i could have it daily making variations in it. But my hubby just cant tolerate it, so i havnt made it at all..
I like your pic, it looks perfect.