Chow Chow bath is a simple breakfast recipe very famous in Karnataka. Its a combination of a sweet and savory served in the same plate. The combination of white and yellow colors make it very attractive too.
1. For Sweet Kesari –
- Rava or Semolina (I used the fine variety) – 1 cup
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Water – 3 cups
- Ghee – 2-3 tablespoons
- Cashewnut, Kismis – as required
- Elachi powder – a pinch
- Food color of your choice – a pinch
2. For Savory – Upma
- Rava or Semolina – 1 cup
- Onions (finely chopped) – 1 no.
- Tomato (finely chopped)- 1 no.
- Green Chili – 1 no.
- Ginger – a cube
- Water – 3 cups
- Salt as required
- Oil – 2-3 teaspoons
- Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Ural dal – 1 teaspoon
- Red Chili – 1 no.
- Bengal gram – 1 teaspoon
- Curry leaves as required
- The sweet and the savory can be prepared side by side and the recipe for sweet follows first.
- Take a thick bottom pan, heat ghee. Add Cashews, kismis and the rava. Fry until the rava is out of raw smell.
- Pour the water and bring the mixture to boil.
- Add sugar and mix well. At this stage, a teaspoon of ghee can be put in to add taste. Add the food color (I used yellow) and elachi powder.
- Remove from heat when the mixture is well cooked and looks shiny.
- For the upma recipe, take a thick bottomed pan, heat oil. Fry the rava until raw smell goes off. remove from heat.
- Heat oil. Add mustard seeds, red chilli, urad dal , bengal gram and curry leaves.
- When the mustard seeds splutter, quickly add th finely chopped ginger and green chilli.
- Add onions and saute until golden brown. Add tomatoes and fry until they are soft.
- Pour the water, add salt. When the water comes to boil, add the rava.
- Keep mixing it well enough to remove any lumps. Keep it on low heat for 10 minutes when all the water has been evaporated.
- Serve the 2 dishes together on the same plate. The upma tastes best with coconut chutney.