On a cold wet rainy day!

Some would say rainy days are dull, dark and gloomy. Other would say they are romantic :-). My birth city Mumbai is hit by monsoons every year. Back home, I loved the smell of the wet mud after the very first rain. I often recall my childhood days of playing in mud puddles, making paper boats, and enjoying days off at school due to heavy rains. I yearn for those days to be back.

Rainy days have some special foods associated with them, at least in India. Bhajiyas (onion and potato dipped in gram flour batter and deep-fried) & Bhuttas (roasted corn) are my all time favorite. Today I will be sharing a recipe with you called Upma, its made with Rava (Semolina) and is mostly of porridge consistency. Surprisingly, this happens to be the dish, the winner of Top Chef had made to claim the title :). I added tomato puree to the usual Upma recipe, and it was a bliss. This is a good tea time snack, or an early morning breakfast or could be even eaten as dinner during cold days.

Try it out and do let me know how it was.


1/2 cup Onions (finely chopped)

1/2 cup Carrots (finely chopped)

1/2 cup peas (partially boiled)

4 – 5 tbsp tomato puree

1 cup fine semolina

2 1/2 cups of water (boiled)

4 – 5 cashews (chopped roughly)

salt to taste

2 tbsp of oil

2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp split roasted chana dal (gram lentils)

1 tsp split urad dal (white lentils)

3 – 4 fresh curry leaves

2 tsp green chillies (finely chopped or according to taste)

approx 1/2 lemon juice

finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnishing


  1. Add the oil to a pan.
  2. Once its warm enough, add in the mustard seeds, split urad dal, and roasted chana dal. Once they start to crackle, add in curry leaves and green chillies, and saute for a minute.
  3. Now add in the onions. Saute them till they are light brown in color.
  4. Now add the carrots. Saute till they are half done.
  5. Add in the cashews and saute it for about a minute.
  6. Now add the tomato puree. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  7. Now add semolina. Saute it for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  8. Add the salt and stir.
  9. Now add the boiled water. Stir well. You might want to cover this with a lid, as it tends to splatter.
  10. Keep stirring, till it gets to the porridge like consistency. (You can adjust the quantity of water according to get the consistency of your choice.)
  11. Switch of the stove.
  12. Add in the lemon juice and mix well.
  13. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

3 thoughts on “On a cold wet rainy day!

  1. I love upma, and this variation with tomato puree sounds good too. The one suggestion that I have is , trying adding plain buttermilk instead of water to the upma. It gives it a creamy texture and tastes heavenly.


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