Rava Upma/Khara bhaat

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Bangalore is home to thousands of what are called “Darshini’s” which are nothing but small fast food, stand up/Seated and eat in/take out restaurants that are usually bustling with activity from early morning to late in the night. Most darshinis have no seating arrangements, just the handful of round, tall tables at which you can stand and eat or balance your plate in your hand and eat just standing or better still if there is a huge beautiful tree outside, stand below the tree and eat in the breezy divine weather. Most darshinis are self service and are usually very clean. And the food, is absolutely amazing and something to experience!

Vidyarthi Bhavan - One of the famous Darshini Style hotels of Bangalore Photo Courtesy: Internet

Vidyarthi Bhavan – One of the famous Darshini Style hotels of Bangalore
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Janatha Hotel - Yet another famous Bangalore landmark serving the best Masala Dosas Photo Courtesy: Internet

Janatha Hotel – Yet another famous Bangalore landmark serving the best Masala Dosas
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Brahmins Coffee Bar - A must try Darshini Photo Courtesy: Internet

Brahmins Coffee Bar – A must try Darshini Photo Courtesy: Internet

Usually fresh, hot and extremely tasty, these darshinis are very light on the working class pocket and offer a satisfying meal to its consumers. The darshinis mostly serve vegetarian fare and most darshini menus are standard with about 15 items to choose from during breakfast, Lunch thali meals during lunch (both South and North Indian), Chaat during the evening and usually North Indian fare and Lunch thalis during dinner. Most darshinis have now got innovative and even serve the basic Indo-Chinese fare. So if you do visit Bangalore be sure to stop by at one of the famous Darshinis and try the food there to experience the Darshini culture..you will definitely thank me for that πŸ™‚

Masala Dosa's being made..is this making you hungry? Photo Courtesy: Internet

Masala Dosa’s being made..is this making you hungry?
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And Masala Dosas ready to be served :-) Photo Courtesy: Internet

And Masala Dosas ready to be served πŸ™‚
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One of the more popular breakfast items on a Darshini menu is Khara Bhaat, which is nothing but Rava/Semolina Upma. Khara in Kannada meaning “Hot”or “Spicy” and Bhaat is a concoction of either rice or cream of wheat. Darshinis also serve “Chow Chow Bhaat” which is one serving of Khara Bhaat and one serving of Kesari Bhaat (a sweet version of the same Rava/Semolina). The Khara Bhaat is usually serve with Spicy coconut chutney and is usually hot and just melts in the mouth when you eat it. It is certainly one of my favorite items on the menu. πŸ™‚

Khara Bhaat at Brahmin's Coffee Bar Photo Courtesy: https://ajayananth.wordpress.com/

Khara Bhaat at Brahmin’s Coffee Bar
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Chow Chow Bhaat Photo Courtesy: https://ajayananth.wordpress.com/

Chow Chow Bhaat
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If I have made your taste glands salivate, be sure to try the recipe below πŸ™‚

Today from my kitchen i present to you my way of making delicious Upma or Khara Bhaat.

You will need:
2 Cups Coarse Rava or Semolina/Suji
1 large Onion – Chopped into cubes
1 medium Tomato – Chopped into cubes
4 Green Chillies – Slit lengthwise
a few curry leaves (missing here because I ran out πŸ™‚ )
1 small piece fresh ginger – grated
4 to 5 cups water
Salt to taste
4 tbsp Oil
Cilantro for garnishing
Fresh grated coconut for garnishing (optional)

Rava/Suji

Rava/Suji

Chopped Ingredients

Chopped Ingredients

For seasoning:
Mustard seeds, channa dal, urad dal, cumin seeds, Hing or Asafoetida

Method:
1. Roast the Rava/Suji in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Or alternatively you can roast the rava/suji on low flame in a pan for about 4 to 5 minutes. This is an optional step since I roast the Rava in Step 7 below.
2. In a saucepan bring the water to a boil.

Boil Water

Boil Water

3. In a separate pan or kadai, heat the oil.
4. Add the mustard seeds, allow to splutter, add the dal and cumin and allow to turn golden brown. Saute.

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5. Add the chopped onions, green chillies, curry leaves and ginger. Saute for a few minutes until the onions are transclucent.

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6. Add the chopped tomatoes and salt and saute.

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7. When the tomatoes are mushy and half cooked, add the Rava/Suji and mix well. Roast for a few minutes and mix well.

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8. Pour the boiling water into the roasted rava mixture until water just covers the Rava. If you like it softer add a little more water. In this technique you can easily adjust the water to give you the consistency you desire. Mix well to ensure there are no lumps.

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9. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes on low flame until all water has evaporated.

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10. Garnish with chopped cilantro and/or coconut (missing here because I ran out..)

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11. Serve hot with coconut chutney on the side. Some people like eating this with Pickle or Sugar.

Hot and Delicious Khara Bhaat, ready to be served :-)

Hot and Delicious Khara Bhaat, ready to be served πŸ™‚

Hope you have enjoyed my little story and post on a humble dish such as Rava Upma/Khara Bhaat. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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2 responses »

  1. Quick question – how do you serve it / stage it on the plate ? I tried it on one brunch gathering and could not present it as well 😦 as you did here

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