Tuesday 23 October 2012

Rava Upma | Sooji Upma

Rava upma is a popular breakfast recipe in south India.  It has very simple ingredients, can be done real quick and is not heavy on the tummy.  You can actually enjoy it at any time of the day or when you are feeling a bit lazy and not up to making a full fledged meal.  Adding vegetables to it is purely a matter of choice.  Even if you don't add any veggies, it will still taste good.

Rava upma, sooji upma


Rava/Semolina - 1-1/2 cup
Mixed Vegetables - 1 cup (I have used green peas, beans and carrot)
Onion - 1 medium
Green chillies - 3-4
Black gram/Urad dal - 1 tsp
Ginger - A small piece
Curry leaves - A few
Cilantro - To garnish
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Salt - As required
Oil - 3-4 tsp

How To Prepare Rava/Semolina Upma:

  • Wash the carrots and beans and then cut the carrots to small triangles and the beans to 1/2 inch pieces.  Dice the onion to thin long pieces and 4A6BCZZ6DCH2 slit the green chillies into half.  Cut ginger into fine pieces.
  • Fry the rava in a kadai on medium heat until it starts turning light brown. (While frying the rava, stir it continuously so that it does not stick to the bottom or get burnt). Remove from heat and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds.  When they start to splutter, add the urad dal and curry leaves and fry till the dal turns light brown.
  • Add onions, ginger and green chillies and saute for a few minutes till the onions start turning transparent.
  • Add the vegetables and mix well and saute for a few minutes.
  • Add 3 cups of water along with salt to taste and let it boil till the vegetables are cooked.
  • Reduce the flame and add the fried rava into the water.  Stir continuously while adding the rava so that no lumps are formed.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for a few minutes till the upma becomes thick.  Garnish with coriander and remove from fire.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or any pickle of your choice.

Rava upma, sooji upma


  • Roast the rava properly (it gives out a beautiful aroma and the color changes to light brownish) or else the upma will turn sticky.
  • Roast the rava in large quantity and store it, comes in handy for preparing upma when you are in a hurry.
  • Can use cashews too to garnish.


virunthu unna vaanga said...

wow superb breakfast... looks soft n yummy...
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Unknown said...

like to have it with coconut chutney..

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy breakfast,love it

Swathi said...

Delicious rava upma.

virunthu unna vaanga said...

looks so soft n yummy...
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Beena said...

Soft and yummy

Unknown said...

nice and colorful upma...
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kala said...

This is a life saver upma :)

lubnakarim06 said...

Love the addition of vegetables.....yum....

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Delicious upma!!! Happy to follow!!!
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