Thursday, June 9, 2011

Multigrain Upma

Yesterday I went home and immediately I started cooking Brown Rice for DD.  I was expecting her to come late so that rice wil be done by then… soooo bad isn’t it? She came but she didn’t want to come home L, she wanted to stay in Arya Anika’s place. So we all stayed in Anika’s place and had food. Only then I came to know Arya Anika’s Grandma is leaving the next day to Seattle and from there she will go back to India. We were planning to invite her for dinner before she leaves, but then she is already leaving. I have no option left out other than inviting the same night.

It is a weekday, totally out of all the vegetables & curd, hardly 3 hours of time for cleaning & cooking. I called DH to get vegetables. It was challenging for me to get things done in such a short period of time. Ok I left Akshaya in Anika’s place and came back home.  Ohhhhh nooooo toys here and there, paper cuttings everywhere, clothes, jackets, what not… I started organizing, parallely thinking of what to do for dinner. For sure no rice for diabetic person. Ok now this is the rough plan
By 7:15 PM finish organizing
By 9 finish cooking the following Menu
MultiGrain(Rolled Oats, Rye, Wheat, Barley) Upma
Walnut Chutney
Tofu Poriyal
Brown Rice
Adai when everybody arrives. Glad that I had Adai Batter in the freezer.

Mean time DH came. He helped cutting the onions and Chow Chow(Chayote).
Usually I make just Oats Upma, but this time I tried with Rolled Multigrain Cereal for dinner. DH & our friends enjoyed it soo much. Over and above they appreciated nicely for making healthy dishes. Voowww I felt good about myself. சரி  சரி  போதும் என்னோட சமையல் புராணம்.. ப்ளீஸ் முறைக்காதிங்க ... நிறுத்திட்டேன் .. I'll share the recipe right now.

Multigrain Cereal ------------> 3 cups
Onions ---------------------> 1 cup
Tomato --------------------> 1 chopped into cubes
Green Chillies --------------> 2 chopped fine
Carrot -----------------------> 1 cup, chopped fine
Cauliflower ------------------> 1 cup small florets
Potato -----------------------> 1/2 cup chopped fine
Cabbage -------------------> 1 cup thinly cut
Turmeric ---------------------> 1 tsp
Chilli Powder -----------------> 1/2 tsp
Salt ---------------------------> A2Y Taste

Mustard Seeds --------------->   1 tsp
Curry leaves ----------------->    1 spring
v  Mix the grain with less water, but make sure it is enough for soaking. At the same time don't add any extra water and drain it later. After 15 minutes the grain will be soft to touch.                   
v  In a sauté pan, do the seasoning followed by Onions, Green Chillies, Tomatoes, Turmeric, Chilli Powder                  
v  After couple of minutes, add Carrot, Potato, Cauliflower                     
v  When it is half cooked add cabbage                
v  Now add the multigrain + Salt and mix well                
v  Close it with the lid and leave it for few minutes.             
  v  Garnish with Cilantro               

v  Serve it with any chutney. I made Walnut chutney     


v    Cook the cereal in the microwave if it is not soft enough for you even after soaking.  Close with the lid while cooking; add very little water if needed.          

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