June 15, 2007


Uppittu with Salsa is my contribution to Nupur from 'one hot stove' blog's "A to Z Vegetables" event for the letter "U", thanks Nupur!

Spicy Salsa Uppittu/Upma is also my second entry to Trupti from 'Spice who loved me' blog is hosting Weekend Breakfast Blogging this month.Thanks Trupti!:))

Masala Uppittu!
Here is a unique spicy masala breakfast Upptittu/Upma with the combination Semolina,Yellow cornmeal and hot Salsa!
You can make two kinds or consistency of Uppittu. One soft like Pudding which is mouldable and other one is little drier and loose textured Uppittu somewhat like Cous Cous.It depends on how much water you add to the Uppittu. Add more liquid in the ratio of 1 cup of dry mix to 2 cups of liquid to make soft Uppittu,it's up to you.I like this particular Cornmeal Uppittu a little on the drier side.You can make adjustment as you like it.

Semolina-Salsa-Cornmeal Uppittu:

It was pretty hard to take photos of this colorful dish because of intense color of Salsa!!Either it was too dark or too light,couldn't get the right balance.

You Need: Serves 4

1/2 cup Yellow Cornmeal(coarse like rava),1 cup Rava/Semolina/Cream of wheat,2 tbsp butter,2 tsp oil,1 tsp Cumin seeds,1/2 tsp Coriander seeds pd,1/2 cup each of red onion finely chopped,red or green bell pepper finely diced, Corn(fresh or frozen or canned),1/4 cup greenpeas,1-2 Jalapenos chopped,1/2 cup hot salsa,1/4 cup yogurt,salt,1 tsp sugar(optional) and about 3/4 cup or more water to the consistency of your liking.Cilantro and lemon slices for garnishing.(Other veggies you can add to this are Carrots,Greenpeas, Greenbeans all finely chopped)

How to make it:

Heat a 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan,add Rava,fry for 3 mins,cool it on a Paper towel.Add 1 tsp oil again and Cornmeal to the pan,stir fry until lightly roasted and pour it on the Rava. Heat 1 tbsp oil or ghee in the same pan,add cumin seeds.When reddish,add onion,Jalapeno saute for a min.Add bell peppers,saute and add corn,stir-fry for a minute.Add salsa,yogurt,coriander pd,salt and sugar,cook until there is a thickish sauce.

Add 1-1 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil.Adjust the salt,turn down the heat to simmer and stream in both the flours into the pan slowly,stirring all the time to mix well.If it's very dry,you can add more to thin it.This Cornmeal Uppittu should be little loose textured.Once the water is absorbed,if it looks very dry,add a touch of water if necessary.Cover and cook on low heat until Rava is soft and cooked.

To Serve: Sprinkle Cilantro on the Uppittu and serve warm with Yogurt or lemon slices,and some Sev sprinkled on it if you like.Enjoy the spicy breakfast!

Another look:



Arts said...

Have never used cornmeal for upma.. will try it now..
Is corn meal same as coarse corn flour??

Aruna said...

Asha, What an innovation!! :) Salsa Upma, how did come up with that!!! It looks great...Thx

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

I think as i said before you can write book on "Innovative cooking".What a wonderful idea of using western ingredients and preparing our recipes...Gr8.

Richa said...

wow! that looks yum! love all kinds of upma, to put it bluntly i like to eat everything that uses rava heh!heh! :) including salsa in upma is a nice twist, nice color. so i guess the cornmeal is shallow fried in 1tsp oil, right?
have a good wknd asha!

FH said...

Yes Aarti.Cornmeal looks somewhat coarse like Rava too.Cornflour is like Atta.Rava and Cornmeal both are made of grains,so works well.Try it:))

Hi Aruna,thanks.Sometimes I add regular Tomatoes to Uppittu,I thought why not Salsa.It has everything already!;D Enjoy.

FH said...

HeHe!! Thank you Usha.Sometimes bulb goes on in my brain!:))
Try it.

Richa,I love it too.It's a quick fix brunch for us.Yes,you just lightly fry the Cornmeal just like you do with Rava.Salsa makes it very red!:)

Suganya said...

O o this sounds totally different to me.....Never tried making upma with cornmeal...Love it..

FH said...

Thank you Suknaya!:))
Try it with medium hot or hot salsa to give more heat.Enjoy the weekend.Hugs.

Seema Bhat said...

You are soo sooo very creative. How did you come up with the idea of using salsa in upma. I loved the end result...especially the color of the upma.

Sia said...

uppittu with salsa!!!!????? wait, let me read the title again n come back!!!

TNL said...

That picture looks great to me! This is a lovely entry, and how creative!!

Who would have thought??? oh ya, YOU! of course!

Have a great weekend,

Sia said...

oh yes... it is uppittu with salsa:) thats one cool idea to use salsa. i add little bit of tomato paste while cooking uppittu to get that little tangy taste and salsa will surely give that extra kick:)
uppittu looks o firey and i love that pic. u did get the right balance while taking this pic ashakka:)

Anusha said...

brilliant! I always eat uppit with salsa - I think it goes better than chutney or sambar..but never made uppit with cornmeal or cooked it directly! two new things to try :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Cornmeal uppittu!!!! this sounds so very interesting!!! Will try it when I buy cornmeal next :)

FH said...

Seema,we add some Tomatoes in Uppittu sometimes,don't we? I threw in some Salsa!!Hahaha!!

Sia,WAKE UP!!!!!!;D

T,it's your fault.You asked me to spice it up and I did it with hot Salsa!:D
After I saw your rice dish,I made Chitranna+tomatoes with left over rice for lunch today!!Thanks:)

Unknown said...

Hi Asha,
Your uppitu looks good and colourful with salsa. Very creative, spicing up the boring uppitu. thanks for the recipe.

FH said...

Sia,ok.You are awake now!;D
I always buy hot Salsa.In this dish mixed with all the rava ,veggies etc,it doesn't get that spicy,but gives it a great color.Loved it.
You missed a great soup and bread in my last post and it's veg too!
Call your dad on Sunday,Father's day remember!Have a great weekend:)
(still not happy about the photo!)

Hi KM,good to see you!:))
You eat Uppittu with sambhar and chutney girl!Got to try.
Salsa goes well with it,of course.
Cornmeal and Southern Grits both can be used to make Uppittu.They are like cracked rice or cracked Wheat uppittu we make in India.Try it.Have a great weekend:)

Suganya said...

Love love yr recipes, yr creativity and yr photos.. They all are clear and precise :)..

Dee said...

What a great idea and such wonderful colours ashakka. Saturday mornings are reserved for Uppitu in my house. we should try this tomm and Uppitu with cornmeal!!! Its amazing. Reminds me of good ol' Bangalore days!

FH said...

And Salsa too Ramya.Buy both!It does gives a kick to the dish.Enjoy:)

You are welcome Mahdu.
I know! it's so boring to make the same way all the time.You have to try new things. Most of the times it works and sometimes you have to throw it away.This Salsa Uppittu is a keeper:)

FH said...

Thank you Suganya.What would I do without friends like you girl!:))
I can't even remember how I spent days before blogging.I read a lot I guess,now that I am half blind with glasses,blogging is way better than reading.Thank you.Have a fun weekend:))

Dee,Saturdays are Uppitt days in your house! That's way cool.I would like that.I make it once in a while,specially when I get fresh Tomatoes in Summer.
Grits works too instead of Cornmeal and you still have to use Rava though.
Have fun.With all the veggies here,it's nutritious too:)

Prema Sundar said...

Salsa Upma ...A very creative idea Asha . using corn meal with rava is also new. I add tomato sauce while making bread upma.. This is a very different dish and its for this creativity i have voted u for the best blog.

Roopa (KitchenAromas) said...

Whoa! This is so unique! I bet the tang of the salsa takes this upittu to new taste levels. Amazing! Blend of good ol' Indian and Mexican flavors in a dish that looks Middle Eastern! Nice! :)

I hope I get to make this soon!

Viji said...

Hi Asha,
Wowww mann.....What a creativity!!!Good idea.Although I dont like upma,still i will give a try one day:-)

FH said...

Prema,thank you for voting! I haven't gone there yet to see how many I have,will check!:D
Salsa has everything already,so it tastes great.Try it.

Hi KA,that's sounds great! World cuisine!!:D
Salsa does tastes great in that.Enjoy.Indian and Mexican always go well together,almost the same spices.

Viji,you are like my kids!;D
They don't like it either.We make it sometime for a quick lunch,only bcos it's easy.I like Upma with Val beans though.That's classic in K'taka.Have a fun weekend:))

Saju said...

that looks so yummy Asha!

Coffee said...

WAH!!!! You are forever ready with your super combinations!!!!! Semolina and cornmeal and salsa!!!! Who would have ever thouth they would go together!! :) And what a lovely colour..... that itself is inviting. :)

Nupur said...

Creative and delicious!

Sig said...

asha u make sure u come up with an innovative dish for all blog events :) upma with spicy salsa, who would have thought :) looks great... Big plans for father's day weekend?

Viji said...

Beautiful Asha. Got one more idea to use the corn meal. Tks dear. Viji

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha, you're on a texmex kick lately, ole! Salsa upma looks really tasty and the colors are great. I was glad to get in here this morning, as blogger was giving me an error all yesterday. Today is egg rassa day... have a wonderful weekend :)

FH said...

Thanks Saju.You and I come up with the similar idea!:))

Coffeee!!!!!!!!Good to see you gal.How are you doin'?:))
I have got to be unique,right?;D
Enjoy the weekend and Salsa!

Thanks Nupur.It was pretty easy to come up with U, dreading the last 3 letters!;D

FH said...

Hi Sig,great to see you.Thanks,that was easy to come up with.Sunday,we are planning to take the dad and the kids bowling and eat there too!:)

Hi Viji.Oh yeah! This is the second Cornmeal in a row,I forgot!:D
Tastes great,something different than eating the same Upma:))

Egg Rassa today! YUM!! Enjoy.
This was Indo-Mex cuisine!!;D
Have you made Uppittu/Upma before? You should try it with just Rava,Tomato and veggies.YUM!
Have a great weekend Linda:))

J said...

How do such ideas occur to you??? Looks yum :))

FH said...

I keep telling you I am a crazy woman!!;D
Thanks J.Hope you having a great day today:)

Paul Champagne said...

I'm going to have my wife try this recipe. She loves spicey food and this looks fabulous.

FH said...

Thanks Paul,glad to hear that.Enjoy and of course you can always limit the spices in any dish if you find it too spicy!:))

Kajal said...

Wow....perfect entry from perfect lady.....Looks very yummy asha....really you are very creative.:)

deena said...

this is quite new to me ..looks fabulous..nice fusion food..!!

indosungod said...

Asha this is one awesome idea, Upma I have tried but not with Cornmeal. Sounds tasty with the salsa to add the color and taste.

FH said...

Kajal,I am not perfect at all girl!!:D Thanks.You are a sweetheart,hugs:)

Thanks Deena.You could say it's Indo-Mex!!;D Have a fun weekend:)

Indo,Salsa has everything already,so it does taste great.Cornmeal tastes like Grits or crushed wheat Upma we make.Try it and see if you like it!:))

Anonymous said...

What an innovative recipe. Very nice!


Manasi said...

Well well... who wud've thought of that? except u ofcourse!! u are so innovative!!!

FH said...

Thank you Mamatha.Hope you give it a try,little different from the regular Uppittu:)

Thanks Manasi!;D
I am still munching on your Chiwda!!!:)

Roopa said...

wow salsa uppitu jothege. sure it would add a great taste.looks yummy i never tried cornmeal but bought it few weeks ago will try to add in uppitu next time.

FH said...

Roopa,cornmeal is like Akki nucchhu we use for Uppittu sometimes.Makes it crumbly.Try it.Salsa of course is spicy and yum!:))
Hope everything is going well there Roopa.

Sharmi said...

that looks very yummy. never have eaten this one. will want to try out upma this way.

FH said...

Try it Sharmi.Little different from the usual is always good!:))

Anonymous said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Devi Priya said...

Very creative cooking! thanks for sharing.

FH said...

You are welcome DP!:)