Upma is an Indian stir fry consisting of vegetables and usually some grain like semolina or rice. This macaroni upma is a great way to get your grains and veggies in one wholesome meal. The addition of cheese will definitely please the kids. Indian spices add zing to the humble pasta in this colorful, flavorful dish. I have used whole wheat elbow macaroni in this stir fry, you can even use tri-color pasta to add more color to this dish.
1 cup whole grain pasta
1 green bell pepper finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
1/2 cup green peas
1 carrot shredded or finely chopped
1 thai green chili slit vertically
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon split black gram/urad dal
1/2 teaspoon asafetida
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
4-5 curry leaves
1 one inch piece ginger grated
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 cup pasta sauce ( optional)
1/2 cup grated cheese ( optional)
1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan and when oil is hot, add mustard seeds and split black gram/urad dal. Cook for 30 seconds.
3. Add curry leaves, asafetida powder and cook for 30 seconds.
4. Add onions and cook till they turn transparent.
5. Add green chili, grated ginger and cook for a minute.
6. Add green bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
7 Add chopped tomato and turmeric powder and cook till tomatoes turn soft.
8. Add other vegetables and stir fry for few minutes.
9. If you are using pasta sauce, add at this stage. If the vegetable mix looks saucy enough, you can skip the pasta sauce. Or you could add an extra tomato.
10. Turn off the heat, add cooked pasta and toss well. Add salt and pepper. Top with grated cheese.