Last Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to find Devansh’s breakfast ready; Kalpesh had woken up before me and had made upma. I wasn’t surprised because he had prepared Devansh’s breakfast; he’s done that on quite a few weekends. I was surprised because it was upma. For breakfast I usually stick to some porridge or sheera because it’s quick to make, plus earlier when Devansh wasn’t too crazy about milk, adding it in his food was the only way to ensure he had it. Now upma doesn’t take too much time to make either but Kalpesh’s lemon, coriander, peas upma sure needed some work. You won’t catch me doing that first thing in the morning. Not only had my awesome husband taken all that effort to make upma for Devansh but he had also clicked the snaps without me asking him to, and just as importantly he fed Devansh his breakfast. As most moms would agree with me, major chunk of your day goes in “feeding” your children their food.
Most children, especially toddlers, can’t eat coriander properly. I have to chop it real fine when I am adding it in Devansh’s food. And if he finds even one small piece of coriander while chewing, all his next bites take five times as much time to chew because he’ll make superhuman effort to find at least one more piece. To avoid all this drama, Kalpesh made coriander juice and added it to upma. Kalpesh has been a big advocate of coriander, saying I should add it in Devansh’s food as it’s good for the eyesight. Between the two of us, he is the one who watches (and has watched) more TV, uses computer, iPad etc. But he has perfect eyesight, whereas I got specs in 8th standard. He attributes his perfect eyesight to coriander, while I attribute my eyesight to heredity; both my parents had specs. Even more reason why you should give Devansh coriander, Kalpesh will say. Can’t argue with that logic!! So here’s Kalpesh’s recipe of toddler- and kid-friendly, lemon coriander peas upma. He came up with the name and recipe all by himself btw. Tell me how you like it. 🙂
Other Upma Recipes by MumMumTime
Lemon Coriander and Peas Upma for Toddlers and Kids
- 3 tbsp sooji/suji/rava semolina
- 1/2 cup chopped coriander
- 1/4th cup green peas
- 4-5 leaves tulsi also known as holy basil
- 1/4th piece of lemon use the juice
- 1 pinch of asafoetida hing
- Approx 1 tsp powdered jaggery preferably organic - as per taste
- 1 tsp homemade ghee clarified butter
- Roast sooji/rava in a pan for a minute or two till it gives out a nice aroma, and then set it aside. (Since the quantity of rava is less you won't need to roast it for too long.)
- Boil approx. one cup water in a pan and add green peas in it.
- Let the peas cook in boiling water for a minute so that they soften a bit and then turn off heat. (Retain this water for adding it in upma later.)
- Peel the peas and coarsely grind them in a mixer.
- Grind chopped coriander in a mixer by adding some water to it till it reaches juice-like consistency.
- Strain this juice so that thick crushed coriander is left in the strainer and you get only the coriander juice.
- Heat a pan, add ghee, and then add jeera. (Ghee will heat up faster than oil so you can add jeera pretty much immediately after adding ghee.)
- When jeera splutters, add hing, and then add tulsi leaves.
- Add the coarsely ground green peas and stir for about half a minute.
- Add roasted rava and again stir for half a minute.
- Add coriander juice and approx. half of the water that you had set aside.
- Cook till the upma becomes slightly thick but still a bit runny. (You can make it more runny for toddlers.)
- Add powdered jaggery and mix well till it dissolves properly.
- Switch off heat, pour lemon juice over upma and mix it properly.
- If you are making this upma for adults, you can add a bit of garlic when grinding the coriander.
- It will enhance the taste of the upma.
- Instead of only coriander, you can try combination of coriander and mint, or coriander and spinach.