Foods That Start With U

So many delicious foods that start with U! With fruits, vegetables, and dishes from all over the world, use some of these foods that start with U for some ideas to spice up your meals.


The ube is a purple kind of yam that originated in the Philippines. It’s basically a vivid purple sweet potato with an even sweeter, mellower flavor than its orange cousin with a little nutty, vanilla flavor. It is often cooked and then mashed with condensed milk in Filipino sweets.

Ube is sometimes mistaken with Taro, another root vegetable with a similar appearance, but the two are separate. While taro is often used in savory foods, ube, while it may be prepared with savory seasonings, is more frequently used in sweet dishes.


Udon are chewy Japanese noodles prepared with wheat flour, water, and salt. They are often eaten with a basic dashi soup. They are normally two to four millimeters thicker than buckwheat soba noodles and may be flat or spherical. Udon dough is notoriously tough to knead, and some swear by stomping on it to loosen it up. Udon noodles are normally eaten as a hot broth-based noodle soup, but they may also be served cold with a dipping sauce.


Also known as nsima, this is an African porridge prepared with hard maize flour. Ugali is an African meal that is created by continuously mixing maize flour (or corn meal) with hot water until it achieves a stiff or dough-like consistency over an open flame. While maize flour is the most often used component in Ugali, you may also use sorghum or millet flour.

Ugandan matoke

Matoke is an indigenous banana species found in southwest Uganda. It is a member of the banana family known as East African Highland bananas. It is mostly utilized in cooking when it is green and unripe. Matoke is also the name of a delectable, rib-sticking plantain stew that is a national dish of Uganda. In Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania, matoke, sometimes known as matooke, is offered.

If using green bananas for this recipe, ensure that they are really green. Bananas that are light green in color, such as those seen at a conventional grocery, will not work. You’ll need a particular, extra-green kind designed for cooking. They are available in a number of Latin American and Asian markets.


Ulluco is generally produced as a root vegetable, but sometimes as a leaf vegetable. The ulluco is the second most extensively farmed and commercially significant root crop in South America’s Andes, behind the potato. There, it is known by the general name papa lisa, as well as by the regional names melloco, olluco, chugua, and ruba.

Both the leaf and tuber are edible, comparable to spinach and potatoes. They are well-known for their rich protein, calcium, and carotene content. Prior to the advent of Europeans in South America, the Incas utilized papalisa. Ulluco tubers are sold in New Zealand as “Earth Gems” by Halfords Exotic Produce.

Umami foods

Umami, which translates as “savory,” is one of the five fundamental tastes. It is regarded as savory and is found in broths, cooked meats, mushrooms, sea vegetables, and nutritional yeast flakes. Umami is perceived by humans through taste receptors that are often activated by glutamates and nucleotides, which are abundant in fermented items.

Umbricelli pasta

A strand noodle created in Italy’s Umbria area that is sometimes compared to spaghetti. Thick and chewy, umbricelli pasta is typically produced without eggs, using only water and durum wheat flour, which results in a more compacted and difficult-to-knead dough. It is a thicker-textured pasta that pairs nicely with heartier sauces such as a rich tomato sauce, a mushroom cream sauce, or an earthy truffle sauce.


Umbuzada or imbuzada is a popular beverage in Northeast Brazil, particularly in Bahia. It is prepared from milk, sugar, and the umbu or imbu plum from Brazil. The beverage’s taste is somewhat acidic.


Umeboshi are pickled ume fruits that are quite popular in Japan. It is also often called salted Japanese plums, Japanese plums, or preserved plums in English. Ume is a fruit-bearing tree species in the genus Prunus that is sometimes referred to as a “plum” but is really more closely related to the apricot.


Upma, uppumavu, or uppittu is an Indian morning meal that is popular in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Odia, and Sri Lankan Tamil. It is made using dry-roasted semolina or coarse rice flour.

Upside down cake

An upside-down cake is a cake that is cooked inverted in a single pan, with the toppings on the bottom. When the final upside-down preparation is taken from the oven, it is turned over and de-panned onto a serving platter, thereby “righting” it and serving it right-side up. For example, above is my Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Urad dal

Split urad dal preserves the skin and has a distinctive flavor. Urad dal that has been skinned and divided is creamy white and fairly tasteless. When cooked, dal has a peculiar mucilaginous texture. Aromatically tempered, it pairs well with rotis and rice. It is commonly used in culinary dishes like as dosa, idli, vada, and papad after being ground into flour or paste. Urd dal is also often used as a tempering agent in south Indian cuisine. Generally, white lentils are utilized for such uses.


Usal or Oosal is a popular Gujarati meal prepared with legumes such as peas, lentils, black eyed beans, Matki, Moong, or Hyacinth beans. Generally, the beans are steeped in water for a day or two and then sprouted.


Uszka or Vushka are little dumplings that are often stuffed with flavorful wild forest mushrooms. They are often served with barszcz, but may be be eaten plain with melted butter and fresh herbs sprinkled on top.

Utah scones

Utah scones are a deep-fried, puffy bread that is often served with powdered sugar, honey, and butter. They resemble more of a Native American fry bread than anything else.

Utah scones are almost similar to sopaipillas, which are thought to have originated in what is now Albuquerque, New Mexico, 300 years ago. Sopa or suppa, when translated from Spanish, refers to bread that has been soaked in oil. Another well-known term is Navajo fry bread, which is most often used in Arizona.


Uttappam is a South Indian dosa, or flatbread, made from lentil and rice flour. In Tamil Nadu, it is referred to as Uthappam, whereas in Karnataka, it is referred to as Uttappa. In Kerala, it is referred to as Oothappam. It is referred to as Ootappa or Ootappo in Tulu. Unlike a traditional dosa, which is thin and crepe-like, uttapam is thicker and topped with vegetables.

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  1. Oh wow!! All the foods that start with the letter U the one I like best is ube , I can’t even wait to prepare mine.

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