I have several favorite breakfast dishes but Upma is my favorite South Indian breakfast. It is usually made with roasted semolina but I have seen many substitutions for the main ingredient. This time I am using Soba (buckwheat) noodles.
First I cooked the noodles, drained them and set them aside.
While the soba noodles were cooking I assembled all the other ingredients:
- cardamom pods (3)
- cloves (2)
- stick cinnamon
- mustard seeds
- coriander seeds
- fennel seeds (few)
- cumin seeds (few)
- dried arbol chili
- curry leaves
- red bell pepper
- frozen peas
The spices were sautéed in a little oil then the other ingredients added to sauté as well.
I covered the vegetables with a lid to hold in the moisture so they could cook in their own juices. When the carrots were soft I tossed in the cooked soba noodles.
After adjusting the seasoning with salt and the noodles were hot breakfast was ready. This was exceptionally good, almost as good as the original semolina version.