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Let’s talk of a popular South Indian dish
do pull up a chair and sit.
It’s Upma for the rest of the world
in Udupi we call it Uppit.

A wholesome meal or a light snack
it’s good for breakfast or dinner.
Floating in ghee or dry as a desert
either way it’s a sure winner.

A dish so versatile as this
you can take it down any path
chillies and salt make it the upma you know,
with sugar and nuts it’s Kesari Baath!

Did you know it could make or break relations
in marriage proposals of yore?
The blushing damsel had to serve it to all
when The Boy came to ‘see’ The Girl!

It doesn’t require too many ingredients
it’s easier than making a pie,
It’s the best thing to make when in a hurry
I think you should give it a try.

Roast the rava in a bit of ghee
for a few minutes keep it aside,
heat water, add salt and the rest of the spices
and the rava which is nicely fried.

You can serve it topped with coconut chutney
if that’s really your thing,
but don’t forget to add lemon juice
for that extra oomph and zing.

Some people love it while others may not
but if the case ever goes to court,
I have said all in defense of the Upma
let the jury be fair in its vote!

                            © Radhika Acharya


18 thoughts on “An Ode to the Humble Upma

  1. I may not be a great fan of poems…but for the humble upma/upit…I was ready to read the poem too. I don’t like it dry but with the floating ghee (as you put it) breakfast is pretty cool with it.
    Oh! When will I get to eat it next?
    This was a beautiful dedication to the simple and humble Upma

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    1. Thank you – for going that extra mile to read something you don’t normally read!! 😋😋
      As i mentioned at your site, its good to get out of ones comfort zone and try some novelties!! 😊


      1. Shobini Hegde says:

        My favorite is uppit with lot of veggies of course👍🏻 My mother used to make it very yummy. We can have aralu sandige and uppu menasinakayi with that😋Tastes really great.

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      2. Mouth watering!! 😋😋


  2. arv! says:

    You got me all prepped up for a plate of upma. Isn’t Khara Bhaat it’s cousin?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hahaha! Get yourself one and enjoy. 😋😋
    Yes khara bath is the same upma with garam masala and vegetables.


  4. kittysverses says:

    Aroma of Uppitu wafting through the air. Uppittu, banana great combo. 🙂 Kudos Ma’am, you have given the humble uppittu its honourable place.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You said it! Uppittu and banana the ultimate combo!! 😋😋😋


  5. I didn’t know that it had the power to make or break a proposal! I love Upma and Uppittu. I love it even more so because it’s very easy to make and tasty too. So I vote in favour of Upma!


  6. Rahul Bhatia says:

    That was a lovely ode to my favourite, Upma:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hey thanks Rahul! Im glad you like it! Both the upma and my ode to it! 😋😋


  7. Wow, you should write a cookbook in this poetic style. I’m sure it will be a big success 🙂

    Also, I always thought you’re from the middle east, but my notion seems to have been broken today.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hey! Now that’s a good idea! 😁
      Should try my hand at that! 😊😊

      Middle east?? Ouch!! 😝😝
      I’m from the south of India living in Abudhabi!! 😊😊

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      1. Oh, so my Middle East preconception was right after all, haha!

        My only tryst with the middle east was a layover in Bahrain once, never been to the UAE.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. It has to be yaar!! Many of my previous posts have mentions of the UAE. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

      3. True. So how’s the situation in UAE regarding the corona virus?

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Similar to elsewhere. Slow rise in cases. Isolation. Work from home etc etc….

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  8. Deepti Menon says:

    Love your poem on upma… especially the bit about it being able to make or break proposals! I saw a comment suggesting that you write a cookbook in this poetic style. I would be one of the first to pick it up in case you decide to do so!! 😊😊


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