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Cracked Wheat Eggplant Upma

4 Dec

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Vankaya Godhuma Ravva Upma.

Baby Indian eggplants are chopped up and cooked in oil along with spices and onion. Cracked wheat is briefly fried along with fried eggplant and cooked in enough water till soft and fluffy. Serve cracked wheat eggplant upma immediately.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Cracked Wheat Eggplant Upma.

Ingredients:

Cracked Wheat 1 1/2 Cups
Baby Indian Eggplants 3
Green Chiles 5 – 6
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Onion 1 Small
Lemon 1/4 Piece
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and chop eggplants into small pieces.
Remove stems, wash and chop the green chiles.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Peel and mince the ginger.

Bring to boil 3 cups of water in a sauce pot and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add minced ginger, onion, green chiles, eggplant and salt.
Fry for few minutes until eggplant turns little soft, stir in cracked wheat.
Fry briefly and pour the boiled water and mix well.
Cover and simmer for 2 – 3 minutes and remove from heat.
Leave it covered for around 5 minutes before stirring and adjust salt if necessary.
Squeeze quarter of a lemon and serve cracked wheat eggplant upma immediately.
Notes: Make sure not to overcook the eggplant.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with green chiles.
Variations: Check other recipes with cracked wheat here.
Other Names: Cracked Wheat Eggplant Upma, Vankaya Godhuma Ravva Upma.