Upma, a traditional South Indian breakfast popular in Mumbai.
Upma was originally a South Indian breakfast but it is found all over the country.
The Matunga neighborhood in Mumbai is known for its Udipi eateries and Ram Ashraya is one of its oldest, going back three generations and retaining authentic South Indian recipes.
The upma at Ram Ashraya in Matunga is just divine. A subtly flavored portion of semolina, onions, mustard seeds and curry leaves made in a fair amount of ghee that makes the semolina melt in your mouth like a hot snowflake.
Ram Ashraya is also known for itsneer dosa and seasonal sheeras (a sweet, dense dessert).
Ram Ashraya opens at 5 a.m., earlier than most breakfast joints, and serves idli, upma, sheera, tea and coffee till 7 a.m., after which they open up their full kitchen.
One may well visit in the wee hours of the morning for the perfect upma and a hot tumbler of south Indian coffee.