Arisi (Kurunai) Upma

Is this something to do with the weather? I have started justifying the word Couch Potato. I am literally lying on the sofa doing nothing the whole day! And you know what? Sometimes, it is fun! Once in a while I pamper myself with this eat-something-do-nothing phase..

Coming to the recipe, Arisi Kurunai Upma is a complete, wholesome meal by itself. Arisi Kurunai is nothing but broken rice. It is also called as "Noi" in tamil. As for preparation of this broken rice, a simple procedure would be to :

Wash the rice and drain it completely. Leave it for half an hour and then pulse (remember not to grind) it in the mixer twice or thrice. This helps in getting a coarse texture.

Over to our recipe..

Arisi Kurunai Upma
Broken rice tempered with mild spices
Serves 2

What we need:
Broken rice - 1.5 cups
Moong dal - 2 tbsp.
Water - 3 cups
Coconut, scraped - 3 to 4 tbsp.
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp.
Cumin (jeera) - 1 tbsp.
Urad dal - 1 tbsp.
Chana dal - 1 tbsp.
Dry Red Chilli - 2 or 3
Salt - according to taste
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - a sprig
Coconut oil / Cooking oil - 1 tbsp.

How to do:
1. Soak the moong dal in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes. If using store-bought broken rice, wash it well.
2. In a deep-bottomed vessel or pressure cooker, heat a tbsp. of oil and add mustard seeds.
3. When it crackles, add cumin, urad dal, chana dal, red chillies, curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.
4. When the dal turns light brown, add 3 cups of water and salt as needed.
5. When water starts boiling, add the broken rice, soaked moong dal and coconut scrapes.
6. Cover with a lid and cook until the rice is done. It should take around 15 minutes. If using pressure cooker, let it give out 2 to 3 whistles.

Garnish with fresh curry leaves if desired and serve with chutney / Gothsu (recipe follows). IMHO, it tastes best with a dash of pickle! To impress the kids, all you have to do is shape them into nice round balls! Like this!
T&T Ginger Rasam from A2Z Vegeterian Cuisine:
Rasam is indeed a comfort food for most of us. That too, with a running nose and sore throat, nothing can be more filling as a warm bowl of rasam! Ginger is also an effective ingredient to send sore throat packing (Remember the vicks ad, where the sore-throat-devil gets chased away!) So when the lovely ladies @ A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine came up with this Ginger rasam, I bookmarked it and tried it almost immediately. I strictly prohibited myself from making any alterations to the original recipe. Man, flu or no flu, it was so wonderful! Thank you dearies, for the yummy rasam!

Now, competing the shower of snow outside my window, is the shower of awards in my blog. Sorry buddies, I am very late in acknowledging some of them.
Swarna passed on to me
Devi, Sowmya, Indu (a.k.a) kitchen queen shared with me
Sowmya also showered me with
Thank a ton friends, it means a lot to me!
See you all soon with another interesting post! Till then, Happy Cooking and Happy Blogging!

55 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Simple but very delicious upma...love the click too, so cute those balls are, surely kids too will love them

Pari said...

Hmmm even I was wondering where have u disappeared...was surely missing out ur comments dear.

This looks comfort food and surely filling.

Rachana Kothari said...

Congrats on your awards dear, wishing you many more:)
Simple and delicious upma, love those cute round upma balls:)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey, nicely presented. I am not a fan of Rice Uppma.:(. Maybe if they are shaped I might take a bite.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Congratulations on ur awards!!!Upma is a comforting and handy dish. Your version looks tempting. Pic looks good.

Chitchat

Akal's Saappadu said...

this "eat something, do nothing" formula is kinda interesting, giving me ideas too, hihihih

upma looks wonderful, it's more than a upma to me, well garnished and seasoned version!! rassam looks equally good, it will always be a welcome item in my meals!!! congratulations for all the awards, enjoy!!!

Rekha shoban said...

congrats on ur awards dear....delicious rice ball upma...and nice click!

Tina said...

Congrats for ur award dear..Upma looks delicious...

Nandini said...

Rice upma is my favorite food (but not my family)! I'd have it with pickle!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

A very simply and delicious:)

Priya said...

Its has been a quite long i had this upma..congrats on ur awards..

Vrinda said...

This upma is new to me..looks fab....

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Congrats on your award.. Upma looks tempting. I made Arasi Upma Kozhakottai ydy will be posting it soon.

vineetha said...

new upma to me..sounds easy and yummy

sowmya.s said...

have some arisi kurnai..will make this soon..

SE said...

yummy yummy tasty tasty !!! awesome !! those ladus look cute ! I too posted a recipe with cracked rice !

Preeti Kashyap said...

This was our sunday breakfast all these yrs...u got me nostalgic :)

Devi Meyyappan said...

Nice upma :) and presentation... Congratulations on all the awards :).. I've started justifying the word "Couch Potato" too ... :):)... interesting introduction with that!!

Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe....looks so yummy!!!

my kitchen said...

Nice upma.My mom will prepare in same way.Looks great

Vaish said...

That's my husband's all time favourite dish. Goes really well with Vetha kuzhambu. Hmmm...Yummy!!

Faiza Ali said...

Simple and delicious looking upma...and congrats on all the well deserved awards dear.

Pavithra said...

Hey this is our fav one dear.. wonderful click. Congrats on your award too rohini. He he just laughed reading couch potato..yah weather is too bad...

Nostalgia said...

Nice.. that looks great.

Gulmohar said...

Congrats on your awards..Scrumptious upma. My granny used to make special upma with broken wheat, just for me :D

Usha said...

Simple and delicious upma ! Lovely picture too ! Congrats on all your awards :-)

Nithu Bala said...

Great Click..nice recipe Dear..

aquadaze said...

I have eaten and loved this, but somehow never made it myself. Love your presentation. Congrats on your awards!

Padhu said...

I love this upma .In my in laws house they prepare this upma in Vengala panai .It taste awesome.I do this only in pressure cooker but will not add moong dal.

K said...

Once in a while its nice to be a couch potato;) Have fun girl!

I specially love the Upma shaped into balls. They look so inviting!

Parita said...

Upma looks delicious and healthy!

shanthi said...

Congrats on your award and a simple comfort upma

AshKuku said...

Not only kids but me too..... Loved the look, every bit..... Tempting & gorgeous...... Kudos to you for all those yummilicious preps u post....

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

my fav ro..i can just go abt gobbling a few kozhakkatais..love them.looks neat

kothiyavunu said...

congrats on all the well deserved awards dear...delicious upma, love those cute round balls..Awesome!!

Gita said...

Hi, the upma looks delicious, I remember my grandma preparing this for me...thanks for sharing this authentic recipe :)

Deepa G Joshi said...

such cute laddoos..really love the clicks..nice recipe. Congrats on your awards..

Latha said...

Simple and yummy upma....

Dolly said...

Dear Rohini, I hope u feel better. This Upma is new to me as well. Well presented with a lovely write-up. There's nothing wrong with being a Couch potato once in a while, especially with ur flu and I guess sometimes the weather makes you lethargic too..Hey love those cute adorable upma balls..maybe I'll try them with my kids. We'll call it Rohini aunty's Rice Balls.

Oh b4 I forget..CONGRATULATIONS on ur well earned awards..Enjoy.

n33ma said...

simple and healthy!wonderful !

Ammu Madhu said...

wonderful upma and nice snap.

Raje said...

Upma looks delicious Rohini and congrats on all the awards!
Thanks for dropping by dear, so nice to hear from you again.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Yummy, healthy and delicious upma da. beautiful clicks!!!

And hearty congrats on ur awards....

Kanchan said...

with these lovely shower of awards .. take this one more ..

Do collect your award from my blog; along with that do take up the TAG with Seven interesting something of your Life. If you have already done the TAG so it with a variation!

San!!! said...

Upma is delectable n a nice click too rohini.Lazying around ,count me in .As you said sometimes it's good at times it's boredom.Ginger rasam is new to me,good work.

kitchen queen said...

congrats on all ur awards.The arisi upma my favourite is inviting and very tempting. Reserve some for me, I am coming over.

Anupama said...

My noi got over only a couple of months back Ro. This was my savior on those days when I don't feel like cooking anything special. Hey, enjoy the eat-something-do-nothing phase thoroughly lest you won't get this time later :-). And hearty congrats on those beautiful, well-deserved awards Ro

Babli said...

Heartiest congratulations for your awards. Keep it up!
Upma looks delicious and mouth watering. Lovely picture and wonderful presentation.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Arisi upma looks very nice I can have it any time... nice pics, you have a wonderful blog, shall keep coming for more... your Bajji Milagai Thogaiyal and Peerkangai Thogaiyal are all tempting me!!!

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cookeaze said...

Simple and delicious,this is what i need.Thanks for the dinner idea. I’m making this tonight.

Malar Gandhi said...

Hmmmm yummm, makes me nostalgic...grandma used to make 'arisi upma quite often' yummmilious b'fast:)

Sowmya said...

lovely clicks,upma looks delicious...btw while reading your 'couch potato', i thought you're calling me..lol

shahana said...

Upma looks really tempting!!!!

Akal's Saappadu said...

and please do collect one more award I have for you dear !!!

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