Arisi upma or rice rava upma is another traditional tiffin dish known to us probably from our grandmomthers time and before .It is nothing but a simple way of making upma with rice and some spices like cumin , cracked pepper, some dal, chillies and curry leaves. Those days rice was used for almost every dish and as it used to be bought or cultivated in villages they used to find creative tiffîn options using rice grain . It was also economical and using rava or semolina was not so prevalent then.
This rice was softer after drying and made a good upma .
But we are fortunate as now we see many good brands of rice rava readily available and also evenly milled grains so the upma looks and tastes great with uniform grains.
This is the same idli rava that we use to make idlis . I know it makes me sound too lazy but I not only use this ready rice rava but also make it into a ready to make mix to save time and also make travel packs for travelling to enjoy a good arisi upma where ever we are staying in a hotel or a temporary rental. All I need is a rice cooker .
I have been making ready to make mix of several tiffin items and several side dishes as well to make easy for the traveler.
Recipe type Breakfast /tiffin
Prep time 7 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
total time 17 minutes
Yield 5 servings