Cracked wheat – 1/2 cup
Onion – 1
Green chilli -1
Ginger – 1 inch piece finely chopped
Mixed vegetables – 1 cup (mix of carrot, french beans, capsicum)
Fresh Peas – handful (optional)
For the seasoning
Oil – 1 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli – 1
Hing/asafoetida – a pinch
Curry leaves – a sprig
Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp finely chopped
Preparation : Chop all the vegetables finely. Cook peas separately (if using) with a little salt until soft. Keep it aside. Dry roast cracked wheat on medium heat stirring continuously until it is hot to touch. Do not brown the cracked wheat. Keep it aside.
MethodHeat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chilli, hing and curry leaves.When urad dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped green chillies, ginger and onion.
Saute until onions turn transparent. Then add all the vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes on low heat.Then add 2 tbsp of water and cook covered.
Once the water evaporates, add 1 cup + another 2 tbsp of water (for the vegetables) and needed salt. Taste the water to check for salt. The water should be slightly salty, once we add the dalia, it will be perfect.
When water starts boiling, reduce the heat to low, add cracked wheat with one hand and stir with your other hand.Mix well and cook covered on low heat.
Stir in between for even cooking. Once all the water has evaporated, cook covered for another 2 minutes.Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
Serve cracked wheat upma piping hot with chutney or sambar, u can add peanuts, cashews for more taste