Arisi Upma (Rice based Upma)

Author: kittymatti / Labels: ,

Arisi Upma, Kanthal, Gothsu

Photo and recipe courtesy: Padmini, Srinivasan (my parents)

I am re-posting this recipe. I got the picture from my parents 3 days back.
This is a healthy upma with rice and lentils. Arisi upma is generally made in a brass pot. It cooks really well in brass. Especially the kaandhal (the charred upma) is the tastiest part.. I eat arisi upma only for the kandhal :) You can even make this upma in a kadai, however the kanthal is not as tasty as the kanthal from a brass pot!

I got this odasal recipe from my granny olly.

To make the arsi upma odasal (the base mix):

4 cups raw rice
3/4 cup toor dal
1 tbsp urad dal
2 tbsp jeera
1 tsp peppercorns

Grind the above to a coarse dry mix. Be careful while grinding. You don't want the mix to be very powdery. Store in airtight container/ refrigerator (to prevent insects)

To make the upma:
4 tbsp oil (gingely oil preferred)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp channa dal
1/2 tsp urad dal
2 sprigs curry leaves
3 dried red chillies
1.5 cups water
1 cup arisi puma odasal (refer above)
salt to taste
hing 4 dashes

Add oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds. Add urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, red chillies. Roast till dals become golden in colour.
Add water, salt, hing. Allow it to come to a boil.
While it boils, stir in the odasal, quickly mixing the upma with the other hand.
Simmer for a while by keeping the vessel closed. Keep a bowl filled with water on top of the lid (to act as a weight, hence aiding the cooking process).
After 6-7 minutes. Remove and check if kanthal (charred layer) is formed.
The upma must be cooked by now. Allow it to cook more if required.
You will be able to remove the kanthal only after it cools well.
Serve with onion- brinjal gothsu and coconut/thengai thogayal... The best combo!!!


Rajesh said...

nice.. looks sooo yummy!am missing it!

Vrinda said...

I love all kinds of upma except bread upma..This
rice upma is new to me..sounds good,will giv it a try

kittymatti said...

Thnx vrinda!
Enna Rajesh, odassal overa??

Rathi said...

Wow olli upma and thengai thogayal....I love it...Hope I can try it

Aarthi said...

nice..looks sooo yummy!am missing it

Priya said...


kittymatti said...

thanks rathi, Aarthi n priya!

fourthsensesamayal said...

looks yummy... :) feeling hungry.. :)

rads said...

wow, rice upma? never heard.. sounds yummy..will try it when i get back to India...this grinding n stuff is not possible in US.

Pavithra said...

Oh so fast ur posting good good recipes and thats looking so nice and traditional. Vessels are also so this post

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Upma is very delicious and yummy... After seeing the brass vessel, it reminded me of my granny sh used to have such brass vessels for cooking...

kittymatti said...

Eeeeeeeee :) thanks pavithra, radhika, Ramya and Fourthsense

Ann said...

This looks soo yummy and a good breakfast too :)

Chitra said...

looks delish, new to me.have bookmarked it:)

Priyameena said...

Oh my God....By seeing this itself I got home sick..

kittymatti said...

Thanks Ann, chitra and Priyameena

vidhas said...

Mu granny also makes like this, my dad loves this. Looks yum!

kittymatti said...

Thanks vidhas

Anonymous said...

I make this often and I love its taste.TH ( the husband) loves the kanthal.The pics are just perfect

kittymatti said...

Thnx munchy...haha! Like the way u say it:) TH of mine hates upma in any form...He doesn't know what he is missing! I like kanthal more than the upma:)

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