Couscous upma/kichadi with fiery tomato ginger chutney

Main Dish
2 servings
10 min
15 min
Very Easy


2 servings

For CousCous Upma:

- CousCous - 1 cup

- Water - 1 1/2 cup

- Onion/Vengayam - 1/2 (Small, sliced)

- Tomato/Thakkali - 1/2 (Small, chopped)

- Green Chili/Pachai Milagai - 5 (make a small slit on the top)

- Ginger/Inji - 1/2 teaspoon (finely chopped)

- Oil - 1/2 tablespoon

- Ghee/Nei - 1 tablespoon (Optional, if you are not using ghee add another 1/2 tablespoon of oil)

- Mustard Seeds/Kadugu/ - 1/4 teaspoon

- Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam/Jeera  - 1/4 teaspoon

- Chana Dhal/Kadala parupu - 1 teaspoon

- Broken Urad dhal/Ulutam parupu - 1teaspoon

- Hing/Asafoetida - sprinkle / 1/8 teaspoon

- Turmeric Powder - sprinkle / 1/8 teaspoon

- Salt to taste (around 1 teaspoon)

- Curry leaves/Karuvaipilai - 4

- Cilantro/Coriander leaves Kothamali - 1 tablespoon chopped

For tomato Ginger Chutney:

- Tomato - 1

- Ginger - 3 inch (3 inch length x 1 inch width)

- Oil - 1 teaspoon

- Mustard seeds/Kadugu - 2 pinch

- Cumin Seeds/Jeera/Jeeragam - 2 pinch

- Hing/Asafoetida/Perungayam - sprinkle (just little)

- Chili Powder - 1 teaspoon (Medium Spice) / 1 1/2 teaspoon (Heavy Spice)

- Turmeric Powder - pinch

- Salt to taste

- Curry leaves - 2

- Cooking Instructions


Step 1

For CousCous Upma:
In a kadai, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil, 1/2 tablespoon of ghee. When it is hot add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add cumin seeds, chana dhal. Wait for few seconds and allow chana dhal to fry. Now add urad dhal, hing.

Step 2

When the dhal starts changing color, add chopped ginger, curry leaves, sliced onions. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the onion becomes translucent. Add green chilies, tumeric powder and saute. Now add chopped tomatoes and saute for another 3 minutes until it becomes mushy. Add water, salt and bring it to boil. To find the right amount of salt, add salt in portions and taste the water. Stop adding when it starts tasting salty(not on the higher side).

Step 3

When the water starts boiling, add couscous and keep stirring until the water is completely sucked (similar to upma/kichadi). Add 1/2 tablespoon of ghee, chopped coriander leaves and mix. (Trivia: Unlike the traditional rava/semolina it doesn't get coagulated if you don't stir.)

Step 4

You can opt to replace it with olive oil or any regular oil of your choice.
Serve it hot with chuntey of your choice. In the worst case, you can serve it with hot ketchup

Step 5

For tomato Ginger Chutney:
In a blender add diced tomatoes, ginger and grind to a smooth paste.
In a pan, add oil, when it is hot add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves. Immediately add the ground paste and let it cook.

Step 6

Add turmeric powder and chili powder and cook until some water evaporates and it start getting thicker. This will take 4-5 minutes on a medium flame. Serve it with dosas, upma, idlis.

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