Most of the time I like to make my meals from scratch. I don’t like to cut corners, because often time quality and taste is something not to be messed with. However, there are some things I don’t mind making from a package. Keep in mind, I never ever use the ready made meals. That crap is so disgusting and full of preservatives and oils. Unfortunately, many people don’t know better. The things I do use that comes from a package, is stuff that cuts down on cooking time, without compromising quality or taste. For example, if I can find pre-made dosa batter at an Indian store, you bet I am going to pick it up. I’m talking about batter that is fresh and already mixed, and the dry batter that you mix and let sit for 12 + hours. Not the kind that you mix and use within 5 minutes. Upma, is another example. Sometimes I grab a few bags of the instant Upma mix, because sometimes ain’t nobody got time for that crap.
I recommend MTR’s brand, because I have found that it is extremely easy to make, and it has just the right amount of spices, and the texture is quite nice. I don’t really need to do anything except saute some veggies and nuts. You don’t even need to do that, you can eat it as is.
You can always make your own Upma from scratch, but this saves so much time without decreasing any of the good stuff.
1 bag of MTR brand Upma mix
2 cups water
1 tbsp oil
a handful of whatever veggies and nuts you like
small bit of chopped cilantro
Saute the veggies and nuts in the oil until they are cooked to your preferred taste. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add the Upma mix and stir constantly for several minutes. At first it will look like soup. It gets thicker as the minutes and stirs go by. It takes less than five minutes for it to come together. Serve hot.