Well ... the title might have hinted what I intend to write here... Trust me.. I hated upma all my life but now I guess I can have it atleast once a week.
Rava / cream of wheat / cream of rice -1 cup
Ginger garlic paste -1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1 pinch
Sambhar/rasam powder - 1 tblspn
Urad dal -1 tsp
Chana dal -1 tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Ghee 2 tblspns
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Curry leaves 5-6
Coriander leaves chopped 2 tblspns
Grated coconut - optional - 1/4 cup
green chilli 2
salt 2 tsp
sugar - optional 2 tsps
lemon juice 1/2 tblspn (amchur powder can also be used.)
Pour rava in a dry pan (without oil ) and fry it for 5 minutes on a low flame until rava turns slightly golden. Keep stirring as rava gets charred very soon. turn off heat and pour the contents in another vessel.
set aside 2.5 cups of water in a different vessel for heating.
Heat ghee and add mustard seeds. once they start spluttering add urad dal, chana dal and cumin seeds. once the seeds are fried add ginger garlic paste. fry for a minute. Add curry leaves, chopped onion and tomato.fry for 2 minutes. add sambhar powder, turmeric, the heated rava and mix well. fry for a minute and then add the hot water. simmer and cover it with a lid.cook for 5 minutes. add lemon juice and grated coconut on top before serving.
Rava to water ratio is 1:2
Any 2 items of cut vegetable like cabbabge,capsicum,fresh green peas,diced potato,beans carrot can also be added while frying onion for a more colourful look and healthy breakfast.