Friday, 15 February 2019

Mamra Upma

Satisfy your snack cravings with this quick and easy yet lip-smacking Mamra Upma-Spiced Puffed rice with vegetables. Not only this snack is great for kids, but it is also the perfect snack for adults too. A super puffed-rice recipe to enjoy over the weekend as a brunch or at tea time with friends and family. 



Satisfy your snack cravings with this quick and easy yet lip-smacking Mamra Upma-Spiced Puffed rice with vegetables. Not only this snack is great for kids, but it is also the perfect snack for adults too. A super puffed-rice recipe to enjoy over the weekend as a brunch or at tea time with friends and family.




FOOD BLOGGERS RECIPE SWAP


When 2018 ended, my complaint was how that fast the year went by, but now, I am already sat here in February 2019 writing this post! I had to make a recipe from Priya's blog The world through my eyes. When I saw this mamra recipe I knew I had to make it!

I absolutely loved this Mamra upma, it has that nostalgic taste of puffed rice, which makes me feel like a child again. While I was in school, almost 4 days a week my lunch box was filled with spicy mamra. In Gujarati we called ' Vagharela Mamra'

Satisfy your snack cravings with this quick and easy yet lip-smacking Mamra Upma-Spiced Puffed rice with vegetables. Not only this snack is great for kids, but it is also the perfect snack for adults too. A super puffed-rice recipe to enjoy over the weekend as a brunch or at tea time with friends and family.



WHAT IS MAMRA/MURMURA?



Mamra /murmura or kurmura are the Indian names for the puffed rice. It is puffed grain, made from rice by heating rice kernels under high pressure in the presence of steam, but does not exactly look like Rice Krispies which we get here in the western world. Mamra is a staple and hugely popular item amongst South Asians. It is available throughout the year and inexpensive. It is crispy and crunchy and tastes wise it is bland thus can be used in sweet and savoury recipes. In the western world mostly puffed rice used for making sweet recipes, wherein Indian households mostly used in preparing savoury dishes such as world famous Indian street food 'Bhel' 'Bhel Puri' or 'Chat' (oh my god, my mouth is already watering just thinking about this dishes)


WHAT IS UPMA?



No matter wherever you go in India, you'll be able to get a plate of Upma anytime. whether at the five-star hotel or on the street. Although upma is a typical south Indian breakfast dish, it is very popular amongst all the Indians out there. Certainly, one of my favourite breakfast. Essentially, upma is made of dry roasted semolina or coarse rice flour also. Various seasonings and/or vegetables and nuts are often added during the cooking, depending on individual preferences. Although traditional upma recipes calls for semolina, nowadays people are trying other grains such as broken wheat, quinoa, millets and buckwheat  


MAMRA UPMA



Mamra upma or spice puffed rice is a typical North Karnataka dish which usually served at breakfast time, but one can have any time of the day as snacks too. In Karnataka mamra upma served with chilli pakora or stuffed pakora and yogurt. Mamra upma recipe is straight forward and comes together in no time. It is usually prepared with puffed rice, basic spices and vegetables. 


INGREDIENTS FOR MAMRA UPMA



Mamra/puffed rice - You'll need Indian variety puffed rice which is in white colour. Easily available in any Indian grocery store.

Vegetables - Onion, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves 

Fat - Any oil.

Spices/Masala - Turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin and mustard seeds

Nuts-Peanuts red or pink any will do.

Toppings - Lemon juice, freshly chopped coriander, cucumber, tomatoes, pomegranate arils and grated coconuts. 


HOW TO MAKE MAMRA UPMA




First place puffed rice in a colander and wash it under the running water for 30 seconds and put it aside for all the excess water to drain out.
First, dry roast the peanuts in a heavy bottom pan and leave it aside.
In the same pan add oil, once oil is heated up add mustard and cumin seeds, once they splutter add curry leaves and dry roasted peanuts and asafoetida.

After a couple of minutes add finely chopped onion, chillies and ginger, saute on a low flame until onion starts browning. 

Add salt ( not too much), turmeric powder, red chilli powder (if using) and mix well.

Add wet puffed rice, lemon juice, pinch sugar and stir everything well.

Serve in a serving dish, top it up with the toppings.


MAMRA UPMA


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Mamra Upma, Pori Upma, Breakfast Upma, South Indian Breakfast
Breakfast, Brunch, Snacks
Indian
Yield: 4 servings

Mamra Upma

A tasty vegan and filling breakfast recipe which is so easy to prepare with simple ingredients Mamra-Puffed rice! It's a straight forward recipe and comes together in less than 15 minutes on the table, what's not to like?
prep time: 5 minscook time: 7 minstotal time: 12 mins

ingredients

Mamra Upma
  • 2 cup raw and plain Indian variety puffed rice (Mamra/Pori)
  • 1 TBSP. oil
  • 1 TSP. mustard and cumin seeds (Rai/Jeeru)
  • Pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped (pyaz/dungri)
  • 1TSP. finely chopped ginger (adarak/adu)
  • 2-3 green chillies slit lengthwise (hari mirch)
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • Few curry leaves (kadi patta/mitho limdo)
  • 2 TBSP. dry roasted peanuts (Singdana)
  • Salt to taste (you won't need much)
  • Pinch sugar (optional)
  • Lemon juice (limbu no ras)
Toppings
  • 2 TBSP freshly chopped coriander
  • 2 TBSP pomegranate arils 
  • 2 TBSP chopped tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP chopped cucumber 
Toola/Equipment
  • Heavy bottom pan or kadai
  • Big spoon 
  • Colander  

instructions

Mamra Upma
  1. First place puffed rice in a colander and wash it under the running water for 30 seconds and put it aside for all the excess water to drain out.
  2. In the same pan add oil, once oil is heated up add mustard and cumin seeds, once they splutter add curry leaves and dry roasted peanuts and asafoetida.
  3. After a couple of minutes add finely chopped onion, chillies and ginger, saute on a low flame until onion starts browning.
  4. Add salt ( not too much), turmeric powder, red chilli powder (if using) and mix well.
  5. Add wet puffed rice, lemon juice, pinch sugar (if using) and stir everything well.
  6. Serve in a serving dish, top it up with the toppings.
  7. Consume immediately. 

NOTES:

Make this upma healthier by adding tomatoes, green peas and capsicum along with the onion.
To increase the protein you can add sprouted moong beans too. 
Do not overcook the puffed rice, and serve immediately. 
Like to have crunchy upma? then do not wash the rice and just add as it is.
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28 comments:

  1. This looks so colorful and inviting and upma has been on my to try list for a very long time - I would love to try this version!

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  2. This looks so yummy! I will definitely save this to make soon!

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  3. This is one of my most favourite things ever. I'm so glad you chose this recipe to make, from my blog. :)

    The Mamra Upma looks so perfectly done and delicious. Healthy, easy to make, and flavourful, this is such a great snacking option, right?

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  4. I can just imagine the light and crunchy taste of this mamra upma! It looks like a pure treat :-)
    It's truly amazing how the traditional upma has been modified with so many different grains across different regional Indian cuisine!

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  5. I love this Bhel, I make it often when I have unexpected guests or just want something different for a snack. I am in love with all your props too.

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  6. I usually make this and my daughter loves this for her snack.I haven't added fruits though but it sounds great idea.

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  7. I've never tried a snack like this before. It looks so good. I have to try it out this weekend. All the different flavors and textures sound divine! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I've never had mamra upma before but it sounds delicious and flavourful! Appreciate the detailed recipe instructions. The pomegranate arils are a nice touch too!

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  9. the flavors in this sound incredible! i've never actually had puffed rice before, but def something i'd like to try!

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  10. I have never heard of this before but after seeing this recipe, I cannot wait to try it! Sweet and crunchy are an excellent combo in my books

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  11. I always use the pori to make some kind of a street food chaat recipe but never thought of making a upma with it. Often we get the pori in large bags and I run out of ideas to use it. This is such a great idea. Love your clicks and wants me to eat some right now!

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  12. Love all things puffed rice but have never had it this way! Can’t wait to try this beautiful dish!

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  13. I don't think I've ever seen such a pretty snack!! I haven't had anything like this before, so will be trying it soon!

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  14. Its already bookmarked this recipe from Priya's blog and will surely try soon as well. Glad you also opted this one   Looks super flavorful an the clicks are as always lovely !

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  15. I'd never heard of Mamra Upma before reading your post, but it looks so good! I love the pops of color from the pomegranate arils.

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  16. This looks like such a delicious and hearty dish. I love the spiciness of it.

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  17. I have never heard of Mamra Upa but it sounds good and I always love a healthy snack!

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  18. These sounds so tasty! I love coming to your blog and finding all these gorgeous recipes, they really encourage me to try something new, thank you for sharing this x

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  19. First of all, is that a super funky spoon in the first photo?? Where did you get it, I love it!
    Second of all, this looks so good, I am definitely adding this to my "to-do" list ;)

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    1. Thanks Cathleen! That spoon I got from car boot sale :)

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  20. I LOVE Indian food but I have never heard of this, let alone tried it. It looks so colorful and delicious!

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  21. This is so similar to the ograne we make at home. Beautifully shot. Cant take my eyes off the screen

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