Today something authentic from the roots of Udupi. A breakfast that is made from some basic ingredients like rava and rice flakes. You would find no one in Udupi who isn’t aware of this unique breakfast. Because it is very popular, widespread food of the town. “Sajjige bajil” isn’t a single food, it’s a combination of two. Pairing the upma along with poha and calling it with it’s twin name, sounds very weird right? But this combination used to be a common breakfast during ceremonies and events in the early 90’s.
Today as I was plating this yummy breakfast, I had been literally transformed to my childhood. In those days whenever I had been part of marriage or thread ceremonies, I relished this unique “sajjige bajil” as morning tiffin. It used to be so much filling and scrumptious that we as kids never felt ourselves hungry till afternoon. To feed mass attendees of any celebration, cooking upma and poha was considered to be easy than any other food. It was absolutely true and real.
But now things have taken drastic turns. The new era of breakfast has begun. Instead of hanging on the same “Sajjige bajil” as a breakfast during celebrations, people think of some interesting idli, dosa kind of stuff. So the old tradition is obsolete. It’s considered as old-fashioned and outdated one now. The only way to be nostalgic now is to cook the traditional sajjige bajil at your home and find yourself being transformed to those days. I enjoyed the nostalgia of good old days, the memories and the feelings associated with this food. How about you? If you are like me who adores the childhood memories, then I can see you heading towards kitchen right this moment. Happily rejoicing the good memories. We are twins in this regard.