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How to Make a Simple Semolina Bean Upma or Porridge

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Semolina Bean Upma

Semolina bean upma
Semolina bean upma
Semolina green peas upma
Semolina green peas upma

A Healthy and Filling Breakfast Without Planning!

I have seen many people make semolina porridge or upma when they are in a hurry. It doesn't mean that upma are worthless. It is a versatile dish. It is everyone's favorite. Making this spicy semolina porridge is a fun because of many ways to prepare it.

It is an easy and simple recipe that can be made with few ingredients. If you want to make it special, you may need a few more inclusions. To be truthful, upma is a beginner cook's dish. I added fresh hyacinth beans to make it healthier. You can even add fresh green peas to make a nutty upma.

The consistency of upma should either be a bit thick and firm or semi-solid like a porridge. It is an individual preference. If you want a porridge consistency, you need to add more water while boiling the semolina. Serve hot upma garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves and chips on the side.

5 stars for Semolina Bean Upma or Porridge

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients for Making Semolina Bean Upma

  • 1 bowl medium semolina
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 2 pinches asafoetida/hing powder, optional, gives good flavor
  • 1/2 tsp white lentil or urad dal
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 4-5 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp or less sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee and oil mix, 1 tbsp ghee and 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup green peas or beans, boiled
  • 1/2 cup coconut, grated
  • salt to taste

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for making a Simple Semolina Bean Upma

  1. Heat half of the ghee-oil mix in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in mustard seeds, white lentils, and curry leaves. Saute till mustard splutters. Add asafoetida powder. Mix well.
  2. Add semolina. Go on sauteing on a low fire, till you get the nice aroma of the semolina. This may take about 5-6 minutes. Transfer it to a steel plate.
  3. To the same pan, add the remaining ghee-oil mix. Throw in chopped onions and green chilies. Saute till they become translucent.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook till they become soft, not mushy. Throw in cooked beans or green peas.
  5. Add about 6 cups of water. Let it boil with the other contents. Add salt and sugar. Lower the heat. Gently slide roasted semolina mix. Give a quick stir to ensure there are no lumps formed.
  6. Cook covering the pan for 3-4 minutes, stirring at intervals. Add some chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice, and grated coconut. Mix well. Turn off the stove.
  7. Hot semolina bean upma is ready to serve. Serve it hot, garnished with a few chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy the taste!

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Step one: Saute mustard seeds, hing/asafoetida powder, white lentil(urad dal), broken red chili, and curry leaves in hot oil. Fry till mustard splutters.Step two: Add semolina. Stir-fry for 6-7 minutes on low heat.Transfer it to a plate.Step three: In the same deep-bottomed pan, add chopped onions and chopped green chilies. Saute till onions become translucent.Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook till they become soft and not mushy.Step five: Add cooked hyacinth beans or green peas. Add 6 cups of water. Bring the mix to a boil. Add salt and sugar. Lower the heat.Step six: Slowly slide the roasted semolina into the boiling mix. Give a quick stir, so that no lumps are formed in the mix.Step seven: Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes while stirring at intervals.Step eight: Add grated coconut, lemon juice, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Semolina bean upma is ready to serve. Serve hot upma with a few chips on the side. Enjoy the tasteSemolina bean upma
Step one: Saute mustard seeds, hing/asafoetida powder, white lentil(urad dal), broken red chili, and curry leaves in hot oil. Fry till mustard splutters.
Step one: Saute mustard seeds, hing/asafoetida powder, white lentil(urad dal), broken red chili, and curry leaves in hot oil. Fry till mustard splutters.
Step two: Add semolina. Stir-fry for 6-7 minutes on low heat.Transfer it to a plate.
Step two: Add semolina. Stir-fry for 6-7 minutes on low heat.Transfer it to a plate.
Step three: In the same deep-bottomed pan, add chopped onions and chopped green chilies. Saute till onions become translucent.
Step three: In the same deep-bottomed pan, add chopped onions and chopped green chilies. Saute till onions become translucent.
Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook till they become soft and not mushy.
Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook till they become soft and not mushy.
Step five: Add cooked hyacinth beans or green peas. Add 6 cups of water. Bring the mix to a boil. Add salt and sugar. Lower the heat.
Step five: Add cooked hyacinth beans or green peas. Add 6 cups of water. Bring the mix to a boil. Add salt and sugar. Lower the heat.
Step six: Slowly slide the roasted semolina into the boiling mix. Give a quick stir, so that no lumps are formed in the mix.
Step six: Slowly slide the roasted semolina into the boiling mix. Give a quick stir, so that no lumps are formed in the mix.
Step seven: Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes while stirring at intervals.
Step seven: Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes while stirring at intervals.
Step eight: Add grated coconut, lemon juice, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Semolina bean upma is ready to serve.
Step eight: Add grated coconut, lemon juice, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Semolina bean upma is ready to serve.
Serve hot upma with a few chips on the side. Enjoy the taste
Serve hot upma with a few chips on the side. Enjoy the taste
Semolina bean upma
Semolina bean upma

Nutritional Information of Semolina Bean Upma

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 302
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 48 g16%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 9 g18%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 324 mg14%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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