Sunday, May 31, 2009

Varuththa Upma

Varuththa upma is one great tasting snack that I love. It is very easy to make, but requires considerable amount of oil because of which I don't make it quite often :-).

Ingredients (1 - 2 servings):

Rice flour - about 3 cups
Tamarind soaked in water - about the size of a small lemon
(If using paste, about 3/4 teapsoon of it)
Cooking oil - 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Channa dhal - 1 tablespoon
Asafoetida - 1/2 teaspoon
Dried red chillies - 3 to 4 broken into small pieces
Curry leaves - a few
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste


1. Extract the essence from the soaked tamarind to yield about a 3/4 cup (using a measuring cup) of tamarind juice. If using paste, dilute it with 3/4 cup of water and set aside.
2. In a bowl, mix rice flour with the tamarind extract from step 1, asafoetida and salt such that it is not watery but pours down from a spoon. Set the mixture aside.
3. In a pan, heat some cooking oil, pop mustard seeds, add the channa dhal, curry leaves, turmeric powder and dried red chillies and fry until the channa dhal turns light golden brown in color.
4. To step 3, add the rice flour mixture from step 2 and keep stirring it. The water slowly evaporates and the contents slowly solidfy. From this point forward, it is going to be a test for your arm and shoulder muscles ;-). Yes, you have to continuously stir it on medium heat until the mixture completely solidifies and begins to break into small pieces and gets fried well in the oil. It takes about 20 minutes to get there after which you will be done.
5. Serve as is or with puli inji.

This snack would definitely be on the menu whenever Grandma visited us :-).


Sweta said...

I've never eaten this-sounds great and the arm exercise will definitely be worth it once the dish is ready ;-)

Anupama said...

@ Sweta: I'd say it is worth a try Sweta. It tastes great according to me at least. And, yes, the arm workout makes it even more worthy... ha ha..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hey Anu this is a new dish to me looks great and I am bookmarking it!!!

Anupama said...

@ Ramya: Hello Ramya, do let me know how it came out to be :-)

Parita said...

Wow looks delicious...this is new to me..never made upma in this style before..thanks for sharing:)

Anupama said...

@ Parita: Thanks for stopping by :-). It is my pleasure!

Sunitha said...

Sounds and looks great....why do you tempt us with such great oily stuff Anu! ;-)

lata raja said...

Yes, it is yummy but time consuming...We call it bandli maavu.

Anupama said...

@ Sunitha: Suni, having such dishes once in a while is alright I guess. I'll make it for you whenever you visit me next :-).

@ Lata Raja: It takes some time to get it nice and crispy, but once in a while the time is worth I guess it :-)

Nags said...

lovely idea!

Anupama said...

@ Nags: Thanks Nags! :-)

kitchen queen said...

I haven't heard about this upma but it is really worth the try you can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments