Kerala Uppumavu


In Kerala, uppumavu, made from rava,is usually eaten with a banana. There is a balance of sweet and savory. In other parts of South India mixed veggies are added and served with chutney.

My grandmother used to serve this with Kerala beef fry or Pothe erachi fry for breakfast. (Pothe is water buffalo, a very lean meat). This is still my favorite way of eating this dish.

This is the way my mom makes it..very soft with the addition of butter. The rava is not dry or grainy.

Kerala style Uppumavu

1 cup Rava ( Cream of Wheat)
2 cups water
1/8 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 chopped onion
2 green chilies, diced
1 tsp grated ginger
1-2 tbsp cashews and raisins
Few curry leaves
1-2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp oil

Heat oil in a frying pan and add mustard seeds. When done spluttering add onions, green chilies, curry leaves, grated ginger , cashews and raisins and salt. Sauté for a few minutes then add butter and water. Check salt and add if more is needed. Bring to a boil and add the rava slowly while mixing to avoid lumps. Be careful as the rava can bubble up and splutter.Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 5-7 minutes. Serve with a banana. Usually it is mashed into the uppumavu and eaten together.

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