Broken Wheat Upma/ Sooji Gothambu Upma / Nurukku Gothambu Upma

Broken wheat upma

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1. Broken wheat / nurukku gothambu – 1/2 cup

2. Ghee / coconut oil – 1 tbsp

3. Mustard seeds –  1/2 tsp

Dried red chilly – 1, broken

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Cashews / peanuts – 2 tbsp

Hing – 1 tiny pinch

4. Onion – 1/4 cup, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 tsp, finely chopped

Green chilly – 1, chopped

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

5. Turmeric powder – 1 pinch

6. Carrot – 1 small, cut into thin pieces

Green beans – 3 tbsp, chopped

7. Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp (optional)

8. Salt – To taste

9. Hot water – 1 1/4 cup

10. Grated coconut – 1/4 cup


1. Rinse the broken wheat and drain well.

2. Heat oil in a small pressure cooker / cheena chatti/ wok at medium heat. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dried red chilly, urad dal and cashews. When cashews turn golden, add a pinch of hing. Stir for a few seconds and add onion, ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. Stir until onion turns transparent. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well. Add carrot, green beans and a pinch of salt. Saute for a minute. Add the drained broken wheat and mix well. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes. Add hot water and salt, to taste. Finally add 1/2 tsp lemon juice, if using and grated coconut. Mix well. Taste-check for salt. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes at low-medium heat until done (add more water, if required) or Pressure-cook for 1 – 2 whistles.  Open the lid after 10 – 15 minutes. Broken wheat upma is ready to enjoy! Serve with pappad and pickle or coconut chutney.

Broken wheat upma

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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