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J never really liked Upma. Over these years, the only time I saw him devouring Upma, was during our trip to Kothagiri. We were staying at J’s company guest house. The in-house cook Raju, made mouthwatering dishes.Usually, he would ask us what wanted for the next meal. Confident about his cooking, we gave him the liberty to make whatever he felt like.
One morning, on asking what was for breakfast, pat came the reply “Upma”. My heart sank a bit as I knew that J doesn’t like it. However, I was in for a surprise when I saw J asking for a second helping. As we were leaving soon after breakfast, I couldn’t ask for the recipe.
During our next visit, J specifically asked me to take the recipe from Raju. Naturally, that was the first topic I broached with Raju. He offered to make the Upma while I clicked the pictures.The quantity of oil used was a bit too much to my liking. According to Raju , that helps to achieve the right texture.
The recipe I have given is very basic. You may add grated coconut and vegetables if you wish. If you want a sweet version, you may add sugar as well. The savoury version goes well with Coconut Chutney.