Corn Rava (Corn meal) Uppuma
Uppuma is a family favourite - a quick fix comfort food be it for breakfast or dinner. The addition of vegetables makes it wholesome. The staple in Chettinad is Arisi Uppuma. Rava is rarely used. Of late we have tended towards Godhumai Rava. Stepping a little more out of the comfort zone, we made this wonderful veggie laden Uppma made purely out of "Corn" or Maize Rava (cornmeal / corn grits). Served with thick Coconut chutney it was a super hit; and a welcome addition into our favourites list.
Cornmeal - 1 cup
Mixed Vegetables - 3/4 cup, chopped
Onion - 1, chopped
Tomato - 1, chopped
Green Chilli - 3, slit
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 teaspoons
Urad Dal - 1/4 teaspoons
Ginger - 1/4 teaspoon, grated fine
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Salt to taste
Hot Water - 2 cups
Run the Cornmeal in a mixer to get fine granules (optional - the cornmeal available locally is quite large.
Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard and urad dal.
Add in curry leaves, chopped onion, green chillies and grated ginger. Saute till the onions turn transparent.
Tip in the tomatoes and chopped vegetables and cook until they are glazed.
Add the cornmeal and stir fry till well combined.
Pour in the hot water and add salt to taste. Mix well and simmer.
Cook covered until the water has been absorbed and the cornmeal is cooked through.
Mix gently and serve with Thengai Chutney.
Leftovers can also be made into Uppuma Kozhukattai - sprinkle a little water and reheat the leftover uppuma in a pan. Mix in some grated coconut. Make small Kozhukattai (shape into small balls). Steam for a few minutes if you wish and serve with Podi.
Mini Kozhukattai is another attempt with Cornmeal.