18 January 2017

Kerala style Upma - Nadan Kerala breakfast


Upma is a traditional South Indian Breakfast dish which is like a staple food in most of the South Indians' home.Almost every Indian prepare Upma at home at least once in a while.There are various ways to prepare Upma which differs from place to place ,they are as different as their respective names ,like in Telugu it is known by Uppindi/Upma,in Tamil -Uppumaavu/Uppuma/Upma,in Kannada - Upiitu/KharaBhath, in Marathi - Uppeet/Upma,in Konkani - Rulanv ,in Hindi just Upma aaand in Malayalam,Uppumavu . (Credit:Wiki Guru !)

Traditionally ,to make Upma,semolina or rava is used, which is common, but what really makes it different from place to place is the seasoning used.

In most of the languages (South Indian) Uppu means salt and mavu means flour .

Because of the light,there is a color difference

By the way,there is this famous Malayalam movie, "Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam" starring the worshiped superstar of Malayalam film industry ,Mohanlal ,with a famous ,favorite dialogue of every Mallus out there - where Uppumavu = Uppu (Salt)+ Maavu (MangoTree) and hence we Mallus gave a cutie nickname for Upma,"The Salt Mango tree" lol 😁(You can see my dubmash in the upma video below 😉😋)


In Kerala,we make a very basic Upma and unlike other Upmas ,they are usually flaky and not soft Upma like the consistency of rava kesari .Kerala Upma is quite simple to make yet tricky ,it is the correct combination of semolina and water especially and for more tips and tricks to make a perfect Kerala Upma with a flaky texture, do watch my video below that will demo the same step by step .

I am not a huge fan of Upma per se,however,when I eat ,I love to eat my Kerala Upma simply with banana or just plain sugar .

So,here is how I make the basic Upma recipe- Kerala upma ,the simple Upma .

Upma Kerala style 


Semolina/Rava/Suji - 1 Cup
Onions chopped -1/4 cup
or Shallots,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Green Chillies,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Ginger,chopped - 1-2 inch
Curry leaves,a few
Mustard seeds  - 1 Tsp
Urad dal/Urunnu paripuu - 1 Tsp
Dry red chilli,broken - 1-2 Nos.(Optional)
Salt to taste
Coconut oil - 1-2 Tbsp
Water - 1 cup + 1-2 Tbsp


Pls watch my video that will show you step by step how to make this Upma Kerala style,the nadan food of Kerala....

Yep,in Kerala we do eat the "Salt Mango Tree " 😉😋😁💁.Why don't you give it a try ?😎