How to Make Semolina Bean Upma or Porridge

Updated on June 19, 2020
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Semolina bean upma.
Semolina bean upma.

A Healthy and Filling Breakfast Without Planning!

I have seen many people make semolina upma or porridge when they are in a hurry. It doesn't mean that upma isn't good. On the contrary, it is a versatile dish, and everyone loves it. Making this spicy semolina porridge is fun because of the many ways to prepare it.

This is an easy and simple recipe that can be made with few ingredients. To be truthful, upma is a beginner cook's dish. If you want to make it special, you may add a few extra ingredients. 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 the hot upma garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves and chips on the side.

Cook Time

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Heat half of the ghee-oil mixture in a deep bottomed pan. Throw in mustard seeds, white lentils, and curry leaves.
  2. Saute until mustard splutters. Add asafoetida powder. Mix well.
  3. Add semolina. Continue sauteing on a low fire until you smell the nice aroma of the semolina. This may take about 5 or 6 minutes. Transfer it to a steel plate.
  4. Add the remaining ghee-oil mixture to the same pan. Throw in chopped onions and green chilies. Saute until they become translucent.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook until they become soft, not mushy. Throw in cooked beans or green peas.
  6. Add about 6 cups of water. Let it boil with the other contents. Add salt and sugar. Lower the heat. Gently slide in the roasted semolina mixture. Give a quick stir to ensure there are no lumps.
  7. Cover the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring at intervals. Add some chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice, and grated coconut. Mix well. Turn off the stove.
  8. The 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 until mustard seeds splutter.Frying the mixture.Step two: Add semolina. Stir-fry for 6 to 7 minutes on low heat.Transfer it to a plate.Stir-frying the semolina.Step three: In the same deep-bottomed pan, add chopped onions and chopped green chilies. Saute until onions become translucent.Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook until they become soft but not mushy.The tomatoes will look like this when they're soft.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 to eliminate lumps.Step seven: Cover the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes while stirring at intervals.Step eight: Add grated coconut, lemon juice, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. The semolina bean upma is ready to serve. Serve hot upma with a few chips on the side. Enjoy the taste!The completed semolina bean upma.Here's what the semolina upma looks like when made with green peas.
Step one: Saute mustard seeds, hing/asafoetida powder, white lentil (urad dal), broken red chili, and curry leaves in hot oil. Fry until mustard seeds splutter.
Step one: Saute mustard seeds, hing/asafoetida powder, white lentil (urad dal), broken red chili, and curry leaves in hot oil. Fry until mustard seeds splutter.
Frying the mixture.
Frying the mixture.
Step two: Add semolina. Stir-fry for 6 to 7 minutes on low heat.Transfer it to a plate.
Step two: Add semolina. Stir-fry for 6 to 7 minutes on low heat.Transfer it to a plate.
Stir-frying the semolina.
Stir-frying the semolina.
Step three: In the same deep-bottomed pan, add chopped onions and chopped green chilies. Saute until onions become translucent.
Step three: In the same deep-bottomed pan, add chopped onions and chopped green chilies. Saute until onions become translucent.
Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook until they become soft but not mushy.
Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook until they become soft but not mushy.
The tomatoes will look like this when they're soft.
The tomatoes will look like this when they're soft.
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 to eliminate lumps.
Step six: Slowly slide the roasted semolina into the boiling mix. Give a quick stir to eliminate lumps.
Step seven: Cover the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes while stirring at intervals.
Step seven: Cover the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes while stirring at intervals.
Step eight: Add grated coconut, lemon juice, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. The semolina bean upma is ready to serve.
Step eight: Add grated coconut, lemon juice, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. The 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!
The completed semolina bean upma.
The completed semolina bean upma.
Here's what the semolina upma looks like when made with green peas.
Here's what the semolina upma looks like when made with green peas.
5 stars for Semolina Bean Upma or Porridge

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 302
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 48 g16%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 9 g18%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 42 mg2%
* 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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