Sunday, July 5, 2009

Rice flour and tamarind upma(Puli Upma)-A family favourite

We wanted to munch something while watching the wimbledon finals in the evening. Did not feel like making any deep fried item. Last week my mother had given me the recipe for rice flour and tamarind upma(puli upma), a family favourite since my childhood. I made it the first time and it came out really well. My husband liked it very much and it got over even before the match started. :-)

Ingredients to serve 2 adults

Rice flour: 1 cup Tamarind juice: a little more than 1/4th cup Mor molagai(chily soaked in curd and sun dried): 2 to 3 Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp Channa dal: 1 tbsp Urad dal(split): 1 tbsp Asofoetida: a pinch Refined Oil: around 4 tbsp Salt to taste

1. In a bowl mix rice flour, tamarind juice, asofoetida and salt. The mixture should be free of lumps and consistency should be semi soild. 2. In a pan add 4 tbsp oil. Once it is hot, add mustard seeds. When it splutters add urad dal. channa dal and the chillys. 3. Once the dals turn light brown, keep the flame in medium and add the flour mixture and keep stirring.(If not stirred, the mixture gets stuck at the bottom) 4. The Mixture would come togehter like a ball. 5. At this stage pat the mixture with a flat ladle, holding it vertically. Keep doing this till the mixture dries up and separates out and becomes like upma.(around 10 minutes) 6. Remove from heat and serve.

Note: I did not use a non stick pan. If using non stick pan, I think too much of stirring is not needed. If not using mor molagais, ordinary red chilly can be used, but the quantity can be reduced to half. The finished upma can be served by sprinkling some sugar on top.


  1. i love this too. looks yum. you have a nice collection of recipes :)

  2. This is my favourite too especially on a rainy is pure bliss. thank you for sharing.

  3. This is new to me, never made upma with tamarind! sounds yummy!

  4. Looks delicious! Simple and easy to make! Bookmarked!

  5. Thanks Vibaas, lata and anu.
    Parita: Do give it a try. It tastes really good.

  6. Wow....that's an delectable recipe....perfect way to watch the nail biting match.....Where do u stay in Bangalore?

  7. i love this too esp as a breakfast

  8. This is interesting....looks tasty

  9. That's a completely new recipe to me, and it sounds so delicious. Tamarind is one of my favorite flavors.

  10. Easy n innovative recipe.
    Drop in sometime

  11. Upma with tamarind thats interesting and new to me:) looks yum

  12. Thanks Lubna. I stay in B.G.Road. This is my e-mail let me know your place of residece too. :-)

    Deesha,Priti,Ann: Thanks a lot.

    Vaishali: Tamarind being your favourite flavour, you should definitely give it a ty..May be, Desi being a tamilian might of heard about this recipe..:-)

    Chaitra: Thanks. You have a nice blog..Will visit regularly..

  13. Priya,

    Thanks for posting this. AM always running short of ideas for breakfast and I guess I can now add this to my list of breakfast items.

    Happy cooking,

  14. i think your blog is wonderful....The puli upma is my all time favourite - with fresh curd !!The recipes are very practical,easy to make & definitely yummy ... U could also add traditional south indian recipes like urundai kuzhambu, milagu kuzhambu, mangai thokku etc...

  15. Wow! Really good one! I like the pic too. It is nicely taken. Food looks yumm.

  16. Thumbs up guys your doing a really good job.


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