Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bansi Rava Upma

The usual rava - semolina - was out of stock at the supermarket, so I picked up the Bansi Rava - that looked slightly coarser - giving the impression of healthier - and I thought , why not give this a try.  Was not too sure of how to cook it, browsed and found the recipe here.   I added a few more ingredients and quite liked the texture of the upma .

Ingredients:  For 2 with a healthy appetite !
Bansi Rava - 1 cup
Use any vegetable you fancy - I used peas, onions, potatoes, tomatoes... dice into neat small cubes
Green chilies - 2-3
Curry leaves - few
Garam masala - whole - 2 cloves, 1/2" cinnamon
Asafoetida - big pinch
Ginger - 1/4" finely chopped
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard, Bengal gram dhal, Black gram dhal - for seasoning
Turmeric - pinch ( optional)

Optional - lime juice, coriander leaves for garnish

Heat oil in a pan
Add mustard, and the dhals
Allow the mustard to splutter.  Add the asaofoetida.  Saute a while
Followed by the curry leaves, slit green chilies, ginger, garam masala 
Then the onions - do not brown and the veggies
When the vegetables get a little tender add the rava and toss it till it gets coated with the oil and other ingredients for a few minutes
Meanwhile heat the water - for 1 cup rava - 2 cups of water

Add the water slowly to the rava
Keep stirring gradually
The rava will absorb the water and cook
Keep covered over a low flame.

You can add a squeeze of lime if you like it tangy
Add some chopped coriander for garnish

Serve with pickle


  1. Never heard of bansi rava, got to give this a try....I love exploring new ingredients :-)


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