Friday, February 12, 2010

Godi Tari Uppma - Broken Wheat Savoury Cereal

GODI TARI UPMA
BROKEN WHEAT SAVOURY CEREAL
My husband's uncle once mentioned that they used to cook wheat and rice together(they had named it as whrice!!)during war time, when there was shortage of rice. Hence my mother-in-law who was already used to eating wheat, did not find it difficult to adjust to broken wheat as a substitute to rice, when she was diagonised as a diabetic.
The wheat "rice" has a chewy and flat taste and it is capable of subduing the taste of even the spiciest of kozhambus. Pongal made out of it ends up as a gooey lump. "Curd rice" made with broken wheat is a good dish. But broken wheat uppma is the family's favourite.
INGREDIENTS
Broken wheat - 1 glass
Tamarind - one plum size (soak in 1/4 cup of warm water and extract juice)
Salt - 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder -1 pinch
Mustard seeds -1/4 tsp
Split black gram dal - 1 tsp
Split bengal gram dal - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Curry leaves - a few
Coriander leaves - a few
Onion- 1 small (Chopped finely)
Carrot -1 (chopped)
Cauli flower (broken into small florets) - 1 tbsp
Green chillies - 2 ( chopped)
Fresh ginger - 1" piece (grated)
Tomato - 1 (Chopped)
Boiled Green peas or frozen peas - 1/2 cup
Cooking oil - 2 tbsps

METHOD
1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a heavy bottomed pan and roast the broken wheat until the grains pop up(most of the grains become white in colour) giving out a pleasant aroma.Remove it onto a plate. 2. Heat he remaining oil in the same vessel add mustard seeds.
3. When mustard seeds splutter, add asafoetida and the dals and roast till golden in colour.
4. Add the finely chopped onion and fry till brown and crisp .
5. Add chopped green chillies , grated ginger, turmeric powder and curry leaves.
6. Add all the chopped vegetables (except tomato and peas) and sautee for three minutes, add 1/4 cup of water and cover and cook till the water is absorbed.
7. Add 2.5 cups of water, salt, tamarind extract, chopped tomatoes and peas into the vessel with the seasoning, and bring it to a boil.
8. Add the roasted broken wheat and stir well .
9. When the whole mixture starts boiling decrease flame and cook on low fire, covering the vessel with a lid.
10. Open and stir after ten minutes , cover and cook for ten more minutes and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
Relish the hot godi tari uppma with a scoop of thick and cool curd.

4 Post your Comments:

S.R.Ramachandran said...

for a change i like this uppma appa

YOSEE said...

Filling food; though, as you say, the taste is rather dull !

Vaishali said...

Dibs, thanks for a great broken-wheat recipe. Desi and I have been substituting increasingly with broken wheat for rice because both of us come from families with a history of diabetes, and one of his nephews who is diabetic recommended it to us. We love it just boiled and used instead of rice, but I also love the idea of an upma made with broken wheat. Thanks, and I'll be trying this soon-- tonight, hopefully! :)

Jayashree said...

Didn't know wheat was cooked with rice....though i've seen it used as a rice substitute. The latest I've seen is ragi-rice....a ragi substitute for rice.