Sunday Breakfast

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Sunday morning I woke up craving Upma – a savoury dish made from semolina with peanuts and loads of veggies. I set out chopping carrots and defreezing peas. 

As I started roasting the semolina in walked N. 
‘What are you making mama?’ she asked, ‘Halwa?’ 
Halwa is a sweet preparation also made from roasted Semolina, a huge favourite with both the kids. H followed soon, sniffing, ‘Ummm I haven’t even smelt halwa for soooo long.’ He’s such a sniffer, this one. He goes around smelling flour and dough and sugar and raw vegetables. 

The halwa used to be a breakfast staple till The Husband turned diabetic. I, in any case, am a perpetual weight watcher. Besides, I’ve been in consultation with a dietitian for the past few months and am allowed a ‘what-I-want’ breakfast only on Sundays.

Anyway, even as the kids hung around the kitchen, before I knew it, just like that, I was pouring ghee (clarified butter) in the pan, then the roasted semolina and the sugar and making halwa.


Instead of this..

Doesn’t the upma look great with all those colourful vegetables?
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I ended up with this.

That’s halwa – Sweet and nutty and delicious.
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That’s what kids do – saunter into your lives without as much as a ‘May-I’ and change your plans completely. What’s stranger, you don’t realise it for a long long time and when you do, you don’t really mind it. They do bring along lots of sweetness, right? 
That kind of makes it all worth it.
However, what they do not do, is stave off Upma cravings. And so after I was done, up went another pan and I set out roasting a fresh batch of semolina and made the Upma too. No point stifling your cravings.
The Sunday breakfast table was one happy place yesterday.

Linking to # Microblog Mondays hosted by Mel at Stirrup Queens.

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34 thoughts on “Sunday Breakfast

  • November 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    I love Upma but a little watery one, not dry! and Halwa…anytime 😀

    Nice post 🙂

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  • November 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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    Mouthwatering dishes. Especially the halwa… My mom used to change her plans too according to our taste-buds, I guess all moms are like that… Kids invite lots of treat! Isn't it? 😉

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    • November 19, 2014 at 8:50 am
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      Tell me about it Shesha! We're so much at their mercy.

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  • November 13, 2014 at 8:32 am
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    Yummy dishes. i wish some would make this for me as week on Sunday.

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  • November 13, 2014 at 4:28 am
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    mmmm, looks good but I've never had either dish. I wonder what it tastes like? I guess I will have to try it one day.

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    • November 20, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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      Give them a shot. They're both delicious.

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  • November 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    I love Upma. And yes, it is a regular occurrence at our place – start with an intention and end up with a different outcome. That roasting rava does that to the senses I think! And with sweet teeth around the place, there's no escape! 😀

    So glad you made both! ♥ I do the same. No point suppressing those cravings!

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    • November 14, 2014 at 1:47 am
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      oh yes, the smell of roasting semolina is amazingly appetising. That's what drew the kids to the kitchen. And I agree about not suppressing cravings.

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  • November 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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    The one with clarified butter looks yummier – creamier – and most likely more savoury too, right? Enjoy it while you can! 😉 <3

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    • November 14, 2014 at 1:44 am
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      Well one is sweet the other is salty. Depends on what you like.

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  • November 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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    They both are the favourites at our home too and KG makes the bestest sooji halwa! 🙂

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  • November 11, 2014 at 9:05 am
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    You live only once…perfectly fine to give in on a Sunday morning to indulgences! 😉

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    • November 14, 2014 at 1:43 am
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      Right. Sunday's are just perfect for a laid back breakfast.

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  • November 11, 2014 at 1:46 am
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    Like Mel I'm going to google them. Upma looked a lot like fried rice, which I love.

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    • November 14, 2014 at 1:42 am
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      Mali, it is. It just has semolina instead of rice.

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    • November 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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      Absolutely. And easy to make too. Do share how they turned out if you try them out.

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    • November 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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      To make it Tanya. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we did ours.

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    • November 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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      Thanks KP, though the pics are off the Net.

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  • November 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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    hahaha upma turned into halwa 😀 The kid knows how to change his mommy's mind 😛 Lovely post.

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    • November 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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      Ha ha.. Naba you're sweet. Thanks for that generous offer.

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  • November 10, 2014 at 10:25 am
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    tht was a cute post! Point driven but am glad u didnt deny urself upma!

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    • November 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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      Thanks Mina. Yeah I find not denying myself is one of the keys to happy parenting.

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  • November 10, 2014 at 10:12 am
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    Halwa and Upama what could be better. Excellent choices for breakfast.

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  • November 10, 2014 at 9:06 am
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    Two of my favourite suji dishes 🙂 I did make Halwa a couple of weeks ago, and haven't made Upma in many months now. Maybe after reading this I will make that amend. In my in-laws side of the family, Halwa and Poha combination is a staple breakfast enjoyed by everyone!

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    • November 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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      Halwa and poha.. Yum! There's something so wonderful about simple everyday breakfast dishes.

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