Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Bulgur Wheat Upma

I am trying out different kinds of Upma to test the textures (mainly for V). I also want to add that little extra nutrition / fibre into our meals. This does not happen every day, but something is better than nothing – isn't it?

This is another kind of Upma that I made the other day. It was an instant hit.

V loved the texture, so he chewed on the Bulgur and the Veggies. When I give him the regular (semolina) upma, he tries to swallow – which is ok when its just the semolina. But he chokes when he tries to swallow the Veggies. So I used to mash the Veggies and pick the chana dal every time I gave him. But this, he ate all the veggies and the chana dal without a fuss.

Lesson Learnt: Never mix textures for babies. They might get confused. (Atleast mine did).

With this experience (and lesson), here's the recipe.

1 cup Raw Bulgur Wheat
1 cup Mix Vegetables – cut into same size pieces (I used potatoes & peas)
1 Onion – Finely Chopped
2 Chillies – Slit length wise
3 tsp Chopped Tomatoes
1 tbsp Ginger Paste / Grated Ginger
1 tsp Chana Dal
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
10 to 15 Curry Leaves
2 – 3 cups water
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to Taste
Coriander Leaves to garnish

  1. Heat Oil in a pan. When hot, add the Mustard Seeds and let them Pop.
  2. Then add Jeera and let them crackle.
  3. Now add Curry Leaves and fry for a minute.
  4. Add the Onions and allow them to change colour.
  5. Now add the Ginger and fry till the raw smell goes.
  6. Add the Tomatoes and cook till the oil separates.
  7. Add the Vegetables, Bulgar Wheat and Salt and mix well.
  8. Add 2 Cups of Water and cook till the Bulgar Wheat is done. (It took me about half an hour.)
  9. Keep checking the water and add more if necessary.
  10. Garnish with Coriander Leaves and serve.

Note1: To save time, you can cook the Bulgur Wheat separately according to the package instructions and cook the vegetables in the microwave and mix them together when the tomatoes cook.

Note2: My method saves me from washing 2 extra dishes. Also, as the Vegetables and Bulgur Wheat cook together, I can do my other work (like have tea or browse the net).

This goes to Sara's Corner's Healing Foods - Ginger and Garlic. Healing Foods was started by Siri of Cooking With Siri.


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