Friday, March 7, 2008

Pesarittu with upma

This is a great recipe for when you have stored left over upma in the fridge - its also very filling and can be used for Sunday brunch. I learnt about this combination from my house help - she is from Andhra Pradesh (in South India) and this is apparently a regular breakfast staple there.

Pesarittu (green moong dal pancakes or dosas):


1. One cup whole green moong dal washed and soaked overnight in water.
2. Salt to taste.
3. A little oil for frying the dosas.


1. Grind the dal in a blender or dosa grinder with as much water from the soaking liquid as it needs to make a thick batter. Add salt to taste.
2. Take a spoonful of the batter and drop onto a heated gridle or tava to make a thick dosa or pancake.
3. Pour a tsp of oil over the dosa and turnover when the edges leave the tava.
4. Fry on the other side and flip over again.
5. Now place a generous helping of the upma on one half of the dosa and cover with second half (like making a stuffed omlette).
6. Leave on the tava for a few seconds to heat through and slide out on a serving plate.
7. This can be served with any chutney or pickle for a nutritious and filling breakfast.

Upma : Roast a cupful of semolina in a pan and remove from heat. Add a tbsp of oil in the same pan and crackle a few mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add one sliced onion and fry till transparent. Now add one sliced tomato and half a cupful of fresh or frozen chopped vegetables to the pan. Stir for a few seconds, add half a tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste, cover with water and bring to a boil. Now add the roasted rava and mix through to make a "lumpy" upma.


Thinking aloud said...

mmmm..this is delicious...

u can also add a lil rice flour/soak a lil rice with te moong..if u want it crisper...

Madhumita. said...

TA : Tx for the tip! Shall try ...

Archana said...

lovely Madhu! Very innovative. We typically dont like sweet and cold breakfast. This is one thing which my family loves. You are right, I will try yours when my kids vacations begin as well.. and thats April!!! Phew i will have 2 running up my wall!

Prats said...

ooops....second time i'm typing out my comment...I think 2 dosas could have been done in that time.. :(

This was a greta one and its one of my favourites.
We add a handful of rice while soaking so it gives some crispness.
While I grind it, I add a few green chillies, red chillies and some ginger too. That gives it some spice and so you can eat it even though there is no chutney or curry.

Madhumita said...

Prats: Tx for the tip ... I did try it with some rice in the batter after TA mentioned it, now need to do another round with chillies and ginger!

Archana said...

Hi mAdhu - this would be a perfect recipe for the event I am hosting - I would love for you to send this recipe for my event - ONE DISH MEALS. Check my site or the link below for more details.