Monday, January 26, 2009

Arisi Upma

Paaru paati (mom's mom) used to make real yummy arisi upma, I guess this is my mom's favorite... and my hubby's too .... This makes me wonder... has this something to do with Thanjavur... most of the the TIs seem to love this....

I borrowed this recipe from my MIL simply is delicious... and very very easy to make...

1 Cup broken rice (Arisi odasal)
3 cups of water
3 red chilles
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp channa dal
1 tsp Toor dal
1 tsp Urad dal
Curry leaves
A pinch of Asafoetida
2 tsp of oil
1tsp coconut oil
Salt to taste


In a flat bottom pan, heat 2 tsp of oil and the mustard. Once the mustard splutters, add the chilli and dals. Then add a pinch of asafoetida and the curry leaves. Add the water and bring this to a boil. Now add salt and the coarsely ground rice. Stir and mix everything immediately, as it might get lumpy if you do not stir at this point. Place a lid and cook this on low flame for 10 minutes. Check if the rice is cooked, if it is not, just sprinkle a little water and cook for another five minutes. Add a tsp of coconut oil finally and serve hot. The coconut oil added finally, brings out a great aroma... and it definitely will get your mouth watering ;)... Serve this with tomato chutney.

Believe me... this is delicious.... :).... Mr.B... will definitely vouch for this... hee hee...

Tricks: To make the rice rava... In a blender / mixie add 1 and 1/4 cup of rice and grind it coarsely. A trick to get even coarse rava is to sprinkle a little water. You might want to run this quickly through a sieve to remove any powder or finely ground rice. This will give you 1 cup of coarse rice rava.

You might want to add 2.5 cups of water initially and then add the water if needed later. This depends on the quality of rice you are using.

Amma's recipe is a little different. She adds a little grated coconut, chopped green chillies and ginger. A wee bit of freshly ground pepper. She also adds a little toor dal when grinding the rice. I always like this better... just bcos.. it carries amma's special ingredient.... "LOTS of LOVE" :)

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