Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Varattu Upma (Dry Upma)

Varattu Upma which literally means 'Dry Upma' is our all time favourite. It's been quite a long time since I prepared it. My mom prepares it in just few minutes with excellent taste. When I read about Mallugirl's Summer Express Cooking Event, this is the one which striked my mind. And since it is made of Rice flour...this qualifies for Jihvā for Rice too ;), hosted by Sharmi and started (Jihvā for ingredients) by Indira of Mahanandi.
With just 4 basic Ingredients, this Upma tastes very good.

Rice flour - 1 Cup
Tamarind - 4"
Red chilli whole - 1 No
Red chilli powder - 1/4 Tsp
Curd Chilli - 4
Salt - As required
Sesame Oil - 3 Tsp
Curry leaves - Few
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp


  • Start: 5.30
  • Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice - 5 mins
  • Gradually add the tamarind juice to the rice flour. Add salt and check the consistency. It should be like pakoda / pakora consistency (as shown in the picture) - 3 mins
  • Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. - 2 mins
  • Add Curry leaves, Red chilli whole and Curd chilli and fry. - 1 min
  • Add the rice flour and red chilli powder. Fry for sometime by adding oil (if needed) - 3 mins
  • Upma is ready to eat. Serve hot.
  • Total Time: 14 mins

If you don't have Curd Chilli, you can replace it with Red chilli whole.

It was really exciting to have the timer nearby while cooking. I have mentioned only the time taken for the process. I have suppressed the time for my inbetween photography session.

Thanks to Mallugirl for organizing Summer Express Cooking Event and Thanks to Sharmi for hosting Jihvā for Rice. Here is my entry.


Laavanya said...

I have never heard of this before. Only know morekali but I don't think that is dry. The upma looks delicious and must be tangy too because of the tamarind.

Poonam said...

That is a super fast meal!

Asha said...

Looks great.Sometimes I add less water and coarse Rava to Uppittu,I get that effect.Tastes great ,good one:))

Seema said...

My hubby likes upma out of anything may it be poha or soji or rice. Thanks for sharing your version of making it buddy. Nice entry for all the events.

Roopa said...

nice entry! we make similar one with poha too!

TBC said...

I have never used rice flour for upma. Must try this out when I can.

Richa said...

that is such a quick dish :) good to know dry red chili can be used as i do not hv the curd chili.

Jyothi said...

Hi Seec, completely very new recipe. Never heard about this type of upma. Looks great and a great entry. Thanks for sharing.

Kajal said...

Very easy to cook but new for me.....I never try his type of recipe from Rice flour. Thanks for sharing. Nice entry for both event.:)

archana said...

We also make some thing similar but it is without tamarind and it is paste consistency. I liked your version too, nice and spicy :)

Raaga said...

I too have not tasted this. I will try :-)

Laavanya: you reminded me of morkali... I will make that tonight with some menthi kuzhambu

lakshmi said...

my appa makes this dish - and it the yummiest version of the upma i have tasted so far. in fact it is one of those rare occasions when his cooking experiements turn out fantastic - so it just adds to the effect. :)

Lia said...

hmmmm lovely breakfast :)

Vcuisine said...

SeeC my mom call this puli upma. She uses only rice flour. Taste very good. Nice entry. Viji

Jeena said...

Hi Seec what a lovely recipe :) Nce pictures too. :)

sra said...

I've never had this and am not able to imagine the taste and texture despite the detailed pictures, wonder where I can get this?

Latha said...

Oh! I never make this as my husband who is an expert for this puli upma makes it for us! Ofcourese the cleaning up after the dish is ready scares me!

Sharmi said...

this is a very new and nice recipe. sounds simple to make too. thanks for the entry.

bhags said...

Hey , never tried upma with rice flour.....apt for the event

Coffee said...

I have never had upma with rice flour!! This is bookmarked to try! :)

SeeC said...

Thanks Laavanya. Morkali will be soft ,but this is dry.

Thanks Poonam.

Thanks Asha. I will try your version next time.

Thanks Seema. Do try it and let me know.

Thanks Roopa. With poha?! Will give it a try sometime.

SeeC said...

TBC, Try it and see.

Thanks Richa. Curd chilli would taste better. But you can still go with Red chilli.

Thanks Jyothi.

Thanks Kajal.

Thanks Archana. We call it as morkali.

SeeC said...

Raaga, do try it and let me know.This is easy to prepare.

Lakshmi, Yes you are right. I love this version of upma.
It is nice to know about your dad's cooking.

Thanks Lia.

Thanks Viji. Yeah, some people call it Puli upma.

Thanks Jeena.

SeeC said...

Sra, The texture would be little coarse (rough) as we are frying it in oil.
The taste of tamarind mixed with salt and Chilli would give you a tangy taste.
The aroma of sesame oil is worth mentioning here.
Give it a try by yourself and experience the taste.

Latha, Thats so nice of you hubby.
It is worth cleaning, when you are getting a delicious dish.

Thanks Sharmi.

Thanks Bhags.

Thanks Coffee. Do try it and let me know how it turned.

mallugirl said...

very unusual recipe but i can imagine the taste as we always cook a lot with rice flour.thanks.

SeeC said...

Thanks for stopping by and Thanks for your comment Shaheen.

viji said...

This upuma, is similaar to our puli uppuma but for certain variations. Sounds yummy. Will try it over.


SeeC said...

Thanks for stopping by Viji.
Love to see your version.

Vidhya said...

I love this upma. I was looking for the recipe. can you please tell me how much tamarind water we need for a cup of rice flour.

Navita said...

hey hi...wht is curd chilli..?
first timer here..new to blogging...
nice blog...was searching fo rice flour upma..whn i got to ur blog by chance...
happy bloggin'...do let me know whts curd chilli???

SeeC said...

Hi Vidhya,

Thanks for stopping by.
Sorry for the very late reply.
1/4 cup of water should do (as shown in the picture).
Just make sure that you don't make it like a dough and
at the same time the flour is wet...
Hope this helps.

Hi Navita,

Thanks for your nice comments:)
Curd chilli is prepared in the following way
1/ Wash green chillies
2/ Soak in thick curd (old one preferred to get sour taste)+ salt.
3/ Dry it in sun for few days..until it is dry.
My mom prepares this every summer and it is very tasty.
You can also get this in store.

Anonymous said...

My dad like this upma very much.this sidedish is curd & fryappalam. It is very nice to eat. All agers are like it. it is very spicy. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

My dad like this upma very much.this sidedish is curd & fryappalam. It is very nice to eat. All agers are like it. it is very spicy. Thank you.

anusha said...

going to try and let you know how it came out.....