Power Breakfast for these ‘under the weather’ days

August 6, 2010 at 11:29 am 3 comments

The monsoon bug does not seem to leave our house; it’s been almost like a hospital for the past few days! The wet sultry days are no help for recovery. The coughing and sneezing seems to have affected the palate as well as the appetite. Quick, wholesome food is helping us sustain these depressing days.

Here’s a recipe for a quick and wholesome Cracked wheat (Dalia) Upma dressed up with corn, moong bean sprouts and a few spices. Corn was added for the little ‘corn fan’ in the house. To pep up our appetites I added some kasuri Methi and a hint of Pav Bhaji masala to the cracked wheat, and that’s what is did-jazzed up our meal!

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups Cracked wheat, washed and pressure cooked (with salt and 3 ½ cups water)

1 cup Sweet corn

1 cup moog bean sprouts

1 small onion chopped

~ 2-3 tsp kasuri methi

½ tsp Pav Bhaji Masala (I used Everest)

3-4 dry red chillies broken into pieces

~2 tsp roasted peanut powder

½ tsp ginger-garlic paste

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp cumene seeds

½ tsp mustard seeds

Salt to taste

~2-3 tsp oil

Lemon juice, coriander/mint leaves for garnish

Heat oil in a pan. Add the tadka ingredient; mustards seeds-cumene seeds-turmeric- redchillies.

Add the onion and ginger garlic paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Add the corn and moong beans.

Add salt and mix nicely (the cooked Cracked wheat also contains salt.)

Cook covered for ~5-6 minutes. (Don’t overcook, the corn and moong sprouts should be crunchy)

Add the Pav Bahji masala.

Crush and sprinkle the Kasuri Methi.

Add the cooked Cracked wheat and peanut powder, mix well.

Cook covered for 1-2 minutes more.

Garnish with Lime juice/coriander/mint leaves and serve hot.

 Note: You can use any fresh vegetables of your choice along with the corn and Moong sprouts.

Entry filed under: For the little wonders, Health and Nutrition, One pot, Quick eats. Tags: .

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Supriya  |  August 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    What a g8 way to start a dull day! nice and healthy recipe . I always made sweet from the dalia, but never thought of making upma out of it.

    I am not sure if I wrote to you earlier…I have added you to my blog list here. http://myculinaryexplorations.blogspot.com/

  • 2. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal  |  August 7, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Wow, that is sure a lot of flavors going in and has pretty much everything, i mean one pot meal as it has grains, veggies, protein (dal), perfect beginning with a glass of masala chaas or even regular milk :)

  • 3. Aparna  |  August 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Excellent way to kick start the day. Love breakfasts like this. Wouldn’t mind it for lunch too. :)

    And congratulations on 4 years of blogging. You’re quite a veteran then. ;-)


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