Tamarind-scented Buckwheat Upma

  • Food
  • Monday, 07 Oct 2013




1 cup hulled buckwheat 1 tbsp cooking oil ½ tsp mustard seeds 2-3 dried chillies, snipped or left whole 1-2 stalks curry leaves 1 medium onion, sliced 2cm piece of ginger, minced 1 long green chilli, sliced 1¾-2 cups water 1-2 tsp tamarind paste ¼ tsp asafoetida powder Salt to taste


Wash the buckwheat and toss well. Toast the grains in a dry frying pan. Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat up the oil in the pan and add the mustard seeds, dried chillies and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds start to pop, add the onion, ginger and green chilli.

When the onion turns translucent, return the buckwheat to the pan and stir until the grains are coated with oil. Mix tamarind paste and water. Add 1 cup of liquid to the pan and once absorbed, add some more liquid. Test the consistency of the buckwheat and add more tamarind liquid as necessary until the grains are tender.

Add asafoetida powder and season to taste.

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