Sunday, May 11, 2008

Arisi Upma

Sometimes we wonder why family behaves strangely. I have been inviting Uncle M to Blr for a good three years. However he is not able to make it, he is a busy man I do understand. As a daughter I would love to have both Kaka and Kaki over here but they have not been able to visit me. I think I must be lacking somewhere in my expression of love towards them.

Anyways here is Arisi Upma for my Uncle M who loves spicy food. It is a Hyderabadi variation of the regular upma made at the cafeteria at work. Arisi Upma gets its name from the rice meal that is used to make it instead of semolina that is used for regular upma.


1 cup rice meal
2 small brinjals
1 onion
2 tomatoes
1 teaspoon sambhar powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon split black lentil
1 green chili
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
salt to taste
1.5 cup water
2 tablespoon oil

Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, fry the split black lentil and add the asafoetida. Fry the onions and then add the rice meal, give it a stir. Add thinly sliced brinjals, chopped chili and tomatoes. Cook till tender. Add water, salt and sugar. Cover and cook till rice meal is done also check if the brinjal is done too.

Uncle M you don't have to go to Hyderabad for this upma, I can make it for you, but yes you will have to come to visit me at Blr soon. I got your pictures though don't demand copyright!

My Uncle M in his indominable spirits!

Aruna Kaki the pillar of strength and Somu

Somu thanks for being with Kaka and Kaki all this while :)


  1. i love the pic of your uncle with the statue.

  2. love d pics... and am not too fond of arisi upma but urs looks good.. and addition of sambhar powder seems intersting..:)

  3. love arisi upma. we have it at least 1-2 times a week.

  4. Nice tempting way of inviting your uncle. I am sure he is already on his way to Bangalore. BTW, what is rice meal?

  5. Hi Interesting recipe. Ditto to Seema: what is rice meal? Tks
    Mrs Singh, Malaysia

  6. Seema/ Mrs. Singh rice meal is raw rice ground coarsely, it is also called rice rava or idly rava.

    Pl. do not confuse this with rava idly that is made from semolina.

  7. Thanks Anjali for clearing the confusion.

  8. I love arisi upma :)

    I've tagged you for a meme, would love to see what you have to say


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