Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday morning I woke up craving Upma - a savoury dish made from semolina with peanuts and loads of veggies. I set out chopping carrots and defreezing peas. 

As I started roasting the semolina in walked N. 
'What are you making mama?' she asked, 'Halwa?' 
Halwa is a sweet preparation also made from roasted Semolina, a huge favourite with both the kids. H followed soon, sniffing, 'Ummm I haven't even smelt halwa for soooo long.' He's such a sniffer, this one. He goes around smelling flour and dough and sugar and raw vegetables. 

The halwa used to be a breakfast staple till The Husband turned diabetic. I, in any case, am a perpetual weight watcher. Besides, I've been in consultation with a dietitian for the past few months and am allowed a 'what-I-want' breakfast only on Sundays.


Anyway, even as the kids hung around the kitchen, before I knew it, just like that, I was pouring ghee (clarified butter) in the pan, then the roasted semolina and the sugar and making halwa.

Instead of this..
Doesn't the upma look great with all those colourful vegetables?
Photo courtesy: Dreamstime.com

I ended up with this.
That's halwa - Sweet and nutty and delicious.
Photo courtesy: Dreamstime.com

That's what kids do - saunter into your lives without as much as a 'May-I' and change your plans completely. What's stranger, you don't realise it for a long long time and when you do, you don't really mind it. They do bring along lots of sweetness, right? 
That kind of makes it all worth it.

However, what they do not do, is stave off Upma cravings. And so after I was done, up went another pan and I set out roasting a fresh batch of semolina and made the Upma too. No point stifling your cravings.

The Sunday breakfast table was one happy place yesterday.

Linking to # Microblog Mondays hosted by Mel at Stirrup Queens.

34 comments:

  1. Two of my favourite suji dishes :) I did make Halwa a couple of weeks ago, and haven't made Upma in many months now. Maybe after reading this I will make that amend. In my in-laws side of the family, Halwa and Poha combination is a staple breakfast enjoyed by everyone!

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    1. Halwa and poha.. Yum! There's something so wonderful about simple everyday breakfast dishes.

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  2. Halwa and Upama what could be better. Excellent choices for breakfast.

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  3. tht was a cute post! Point driven but am glad u didnt deny urself upma!

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    1. Thanks Mina. Yeah I find not denying myself is one of the keys to happy parenting.

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  4. haha...well I love both....And have some how managed to get the hang of making both...My husband prefers upma but I like halwa...Send your kids to me I 'll give them Halwa whenever they need :)

    Random Thoughts Naba..Dear Central Incisors

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    1. Ha ha.. Naba you're sweet. Thanks for that generous offer.

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  5. hahaha upma turned into halwa :D The kid knows how to change his mommy's mind :P Lovely post.

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  6. Both the dishes make a good combo for a Sunday breakfast.The pics look great.

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    1. Thanks KP, though the pics are off the Net.

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  7. What a combination to sooth the taste buds!!
    You make me crave for upma now :D

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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    1. To make it Tanya. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we did ours.

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  8. Both look delicious. And best -- both are vegetarian? Going to go Google for recipes.

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    1. Absolutely. And easy to make too. Do share how they turned out if you try them out.

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  9. Like Mel I'm going to google them. Upma looked a lot like fried rice, which I love.

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    1. Mali, it is. It just has semolina instead of rice.

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  10. You live only once...perfectly fine to give in on a Sunday morning to indulgences! ;)

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    1. Right. Sunday's are just perfect for a laid back breakfast.

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  11. They both are the favourites at our home too and KG makes the bestest sooji halwa! :)

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  12. The one with clarified butter looks yummier - creamier - and most likely more savoury too, right? Enjoy it while you can! ;) <3

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    1. Well one is sweet the other is salty. Depends on what you like.

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  13. I love Upma. And yes, it is a regular occurrence at our place - start with an intention and end up with a different outcome. That roasting rava does that to the senses I think! And with sweet teeth around the place, there's no escape! :D

    So glad you made both! ♥ I do the same. No point suppressing those cravings!

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    1. oh yes, the smell of roasting semolina is amazingly appetising. That's what drew the kids to the kitchen. And I agree about not suppressing cravings.

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  14. mmmm, looks good but I've never had either dish. I wonder what it tastes like? I guess I will have to try it one day.

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    1. Give them a shot. They're both delicious.

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  15. Yummy dishes. i wish some would make this for me as week on Sunday.

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  16. Mouthwatering dishes. Especially the halwa... My mom used to change her plans too according to our taste-buds, I guess all moms are like that... Kids invite lots of treat! Isn't it? ;)

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    1. Tell me about it Shesha! We're so much at their mercy.

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  17. I love Upma but a little watery one, not dry! and Halwa...anytime :D

    Nice post :)

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