POLENTA UPMA





POLENTA UPMA
Polenta was relatively very new to me. I have seen it prepared with cream by many chefs of Food network and I was thinking it to be porridge of some sort made with corn meal (am I right?). Recently at the Super Bowl party at a friend’s place, we were discussing about low-carb breakfasts and they suggested about having polenta for breakfast. They had some readymade polenta logs and offered us to try out. When I was checking out the label, it had only cornmeal and salt and the carb content of 1/8 of that log was around 15 grams. That seemed to be a decent amount of carbs for a low-carb breakfast. Initially, I did not know how to cook it, I just cut out small portions and pan fried it but its bland taste did not suit our palettes. Then one day I crumbled some of the polenta and made polenta upma with it and voila! a spicy low-carb Indian-style breakfast. This upma tasted pretty good with a sweet taste going on throughout and it was quick and easy too. The whole process took only about 10 minutes. I had used some onions and scallions for this and if needed any other veggies can also be used here.

INGREDIENTS:
Ready made polenta, crumbled, about 2 cups.
Onion, medium-sized, 1.
Scallions or spring onions, 1 bunch.
Green chilies, small, 2.
Ginger-garlic paste, 1 tsp, (optional).
Salt as per taste.
Mustard seeds. ½ teaspoon.
Curry leaves, 1 twig.

PREPARATION:
Crumble the polenta finely and keep aside. Chop the onion and scallions into fine pieces and split the green chilies into two. Heat some oil in a pan and when the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onions, scallions, and green chilies along with ginger garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes until everything is tender. Add the crumbled polenta along with salt for taste and mix everything well and sauté for a few more minutes until everything is well blended, garnish with curry leaves and serve hot.
Variations: The same method can also be used with cornmeal instead of readymade polenta. I have used readymade polenta since its fast and easy, especially during the weekday mornings.

36 comments:

Asha said...

Polenta Upma sounds so good Gita. I make upma with cornmeal, this is even better, looks so yummy.

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Priya said...

Polenta upma seems very creative...looks too great...Enjoy ur award Gita..

Cham said...

Hmm an healthy Upma, Congrats on ur awards and thanks to share with us Gita :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Good to see you back with ur exciting recipes ra. Wow this upma looks delicious...never tried polenta b'4...wish to give it a try.

Varsha Vipins said...

Polenta is new to me too Gita..The Upma looks yum n moist..:)
Thanks a lot for the award..really...am so glad that you remembered me here..:)

Uma said...

Polenta upma is new to me. Never used it in my cooking. Looks great Gita.

Congrats on the award and thank you so much for thinking about me!

Yasmeen said...

Nice to see to back with tasty recipe Gita,I never knew what make with polenta,your recipe assures me to buy some soon.
Thanks for thinking about me as your pal,I'm glad to have as my buddy:)

Rajani said...

lovely upma!! congrats for your award and glad to be your friend as well, take care :)

Sujatha said...

Upma sounds healthy and simple.. Congratulations and Thanks for sharing the award, gita..:)

Sanghi said...

Lovely recipies..! Congrats and thanks for passing the award to me gita!

Priti said...

Never tried polenta upma...looks gud...Congrats on your award

Jaishree said...

Polenta Upma Is new to me sounds so good Gita.Congrats on the award and thank you so much for share with me Gita :)

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Chitra said...

polenta is new to me,looks yummmm....congrats on ur award and thakx for passing me:)

Illatharasi said...

Upma looks delicious:)

Thank you so much for passing me the award, thats a special surprise:)

Ann said...

Thats a healthy treat Gita..
Congrats on the award and thanks for forwarding..

Vicky Xavier. said...

Polenta upma looks delicious dear. I always look for new upma varieties. Glad to get one more recipe:)
Congrats, U deserve the award very much. Thanks for sharing it with me too.

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Adlak's tiny world said...

awesome dish and new to me... thanks for passing me the award and congrats to u too.

Valarmathi said...

Polenta is very new to me. Upma Looks delicious :)

Seena said...

Congrats Gita, and thanks for remembering me.. :)

Astra Libris said...

Thank you so much for the award!! You are so sweet!!! *hugs* :-)

vidhas said...

Polenta Upma is something new to me. Looks yummy.
Congrats on your award and thanks for passing me.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thanks a ton....Congrats and upma loos healthy and yum.

Sia said...

how very innovative way of using polenta in upma. fantastic!

Laavanya said...

Thank you for the award dear Gita.

I would find polenta a bit too bland too - what a great idea to make a upma with it.

AnuSriram said...

Interesting! Never tried polenta.. Very innovative! Congrats on ur award and thanks for thinking of me..

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Purva Desai said...

Upma looks healthy and nutritious

Congrats for the award and thank you for sharing it with me

DEESHA said...

that sounds excellent .. & thanks for the award Gita

Ankita said...

Polenta upma such an innovative idea.
Congrats on the award.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Polenta is new to me,sounds good!
Thanks for passing the award Gita:))

Usha said...

Polenta upma sounds so innovative and healthy, love it! Congrats on your award and thanks so much for thinking of me :-)

Shama Nagarajan said...

Congrats on your award dear.....lovely upma

Shama Nagarajan said...

Thank you for ur lovely award dear...its my pleasure

Smitha said...

Hey Gita,
My first time here on your blog. You have some intresting recipes. I've never used collard greens. WOuld really like to try out all these:)
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