South Indian breakfast! Yep, this is very common in south India. I finally decided to make it because I have so much of SOOJI flour left in the house. Now that I am home I figure I make the most of what I have in the house to make small breakfast and lunch entrees.
For upma what you need is urad daal, chana daal, curry leaves, one tbsp oil, mustard seeds, green chilli, cashews (or peanuts), chopped onion, one cup of water for one cup of sooji flour, and salt to taste, turmeric (optional).
So first, let mustard seeds heat in oil, then add curry leaves, green chilli, both daals, and cashews (or peanuts). Let it fry for couple of minutes and add chopped onions. Once you think these are cooked, add cup of water and let it come to boil. Once it’s boiling, in small amount keep pouring the sooji flour as you keep whisking the mix (this way lumps won’t form). You can add salt to taste and turmeric if you want yellow color (otherwise, it will be just plain white color).