What does it take to put in a post early morning (11am is early!!!).. and that too on a Saturday!!!!!!! A drippy upma...... yes thats what it takes!!!!
So the thing is.. here i am bright and awake early (i woke up at 9am) on a Saturday!!!! I had no intentions of making anything.. i mean thats not what i think of, on Saturday mornings when i wake up.. or any morning for that matter!!!
I run into the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea, post consumption of which, i am really awake... and i actually start responding to my name.. till then i am in some world far far far away!!!
So the nature of events today .. pretty much the same.. tea + newspaper.. and then i spoke to my mom. It was she who insisted i should make breakfast. The thing is on a Saturday, i either make breakfast or lunch.. because by the time i finish making breakfast, its time for lunch. So usually lunch is what you will get at my place over weekends. Also what helps the matter along a bit more is that hubby is asleep (he works till morning almost).. so i am even more resistant to the idea of making breakfast for 1!!!
But today mom motivated me.. egged me on to make something.. so i decided to make upma!!! I had some cut onions / tomatoes/green chillies already in my fridge.. and finally i thought why not!!!
I havent made upma many times.. rather i have probably made it (including this once).. twice!!!! And the first time was a long time ago with general directions being given by mom over the phone and husband (he knows how to make it). So I do know the basic principles of making upma!! Or so i thought.
I roasted rawa.. then sauteed onions / tomatoes/ green chillies.. added salt/ red chilly powder.. and then added the roasted upma.. and then added water.. now like i said i thought i did know the basic principles of making it.. lots of water to a little rawa .. errrrrrr ..something like that.. and confidently for about 1/4th cup rawa i put 1 cup water.. some doubts.. half a cup more.. and one more question in mind , a faint recollection of someone saying you need to cook it in a lot of water.. added 1 more cup!!!!
Took about half an hour - 40 mins for the water to evaporate.. well almost evaporate.. then in frustration i just switched off the gas!!! It looked a little like halwa.. i ate it.. it was not bad.. if you can get over the appearance of it.. looked like upma beaten in a mixie with water!!!
But anyway.. its not that it is the love of my life either.. i used to hate it as a child.. as an adult i can tolerate it.. living alone (i mean when cooked food stops magically appearing on your table) i do not say no to anything... i love home cooked food... i am able to tolerate anything.. well most of it!!!! And now i am ok with my old pet hates .. upma / bharta / saag etc .. i think its also got to do with living in a hostel!!! Everything just balances out!!!
So anyway... hopefully next time... it will be better.. rather, next time, i will call up and ask the experts (mom)!!!!!