I must say the second I saw this post on "From My Heart", I knew it wouldn't take me long to try it out. We eat Rava upma on a fairly regular basis at home and on first reading this wasn't a far cry from it but just adventurous enough that you have to give it a try. Before going any further I needed to figure out if Rava and Semolina were the same thing. A quick look at wiki told me that they were the same thing so I was on the right track.
I read through the post and it turned out I had all the ingredients. So there, one day that I didn't have to sing my "what's for dinner" song. LOL. We would have to manage with spicy pickle and yogurt.. no fresh chutneys but I bet it would taste amazing with some spicy coriander/mint chutney. Or tomato thokku.
It's really a very simple recipe.. all of maybe 10 minutes prep time and 30 minutes in the oven. Cut it up into cute little squares and it makes a really good appetizer for a party. Or if you really want to push the envelope, make it into little muffins. How cute would that be right?
[Taken from From My Heart]
- Semolina-1 cup
- Yogurt- 1 cup (greek or regular)
- Water- 1cup
- Mixed Frozen Veggies- 1 cup
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 1" Ginger piece chopped
- 1 Green chilli chopped
- 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 5-6 Curry leaves torn
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 2 Tbsp Sesame seeds- (black will look beautiful but I only had white)
1. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together semolina, baking soda, baking powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, veggies (frozen and onion), green chilli, and yogurt.
4. Add water to make a batter.
5. In a small sautee pan, add oil. When the oil is hot , add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
6. Add this oil in the batter.
7. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
8. Bake for 35-40 minutes
9. Serve hot with coriander chutney and/or tomato thokku. I settled for ketchup and homemade spicy pickle and yogurt on the side.