Upma is a traditional South Indian savory dish made from semolina or cream of wheat. The name upma comes from the Sanskrit words 'uppu' meaning salt and 'maavu' meaning flour. It is usually served for breakfast or as a light meal. Variations of Upma are made using oats, vermicelli and rice. It is served hot and often garnished with vegetables like peas, carrots, beans and nuts.
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Heat the semolina in a pan till it turns light brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat oil in the same pan, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
When the seeds crackle, add the onions and chillies, and sauté till the onions turn translucent.
Add the mixed vegetables, water and salt, and bring to a boil.
Slowly add the roasted semolina, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
Cover and cook on a low flame for 5-7 minutes.
Squeeze in the lemon juice, stir well and remove from heat.
Serve hot garnished with fresh coriander leaves.