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rava upma recipe - savory south indian breakfast dish made with cream of wheat (sooji or rava).

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upma recipe with video and step by step photos – upma is a traditional south indian breakfast dish made from rava. rava is also called as suji in hindi and cream of wheat in english. upma is usually served with coconut chutney, lemon slices or lemon pickle. it can also be had plain.

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one easily gets upma in all the restaurants in south india including maharashtra. in fact upma would be a regular breakfast or evening snack in my growing up days. upma is not only delicious but also a healthy breakfast option. this version of south indian upma is how i make it at home and adapted from my mom’s recipe.

making upma does not take much time and can be done in 15-20 minutes, if you have the roasted semolina ready. i always roast semolina and then keep in an air-tight container. this way the semolina stays good for a longer time and does not become mouldy or spoilt. also the time spent is less when when you make upma or sooji halwa or rava kesari or rava cheela or rava pongal. you can make variety of recipes with rava. i have also compiled a collection of 24 rava recipes.

we just loved the steaming hot upma served with some hot cuppa of chai or filter coffee. our comfort breakfast any day. few more variations of upma recipes on the blog are:

rava upma recipe below:

upma recipe, rava upma recipe, sooji upma recipe
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upma recipe | rava upma recipe | sooji upma recipe

rava upma recipe - savory south indian breakfast dish made with cream of wheat (sooji or rava).

course breakfasts, brunch
cuisine indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat or semolina)
  • 1 medium sized onion -chopped finely
  • 1 green chilli - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (split and skinned bengal gram)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (split and skinned black gram)
  • ½ inch ginger grated or chopped finely
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta) OR 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 10 to 12 cashews (kaju)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar or add as required, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

prep up the ingredients for making upma recipe

  1. finely chop 1 medium sized onion, 1 to 2 green chillies and 1/2 inch ginger and some coriander leaves. 

  2. also take 8 to 10 curry leaves, 10 to 12 cashews, 1 tsp chana dal and 1 tsp urad dal.

roasting rava

  1. heat a pan or kadai first. add 1 cup rava or cream of wheat.
  2. begin to roast the rava. stir often while roasting the rava.
  3. the rava or sooji grains should become fragrant and start to look dry, separate and crisp. don't brown the rava.
  4. switch off the flame and then add the roasted rava in a plate and keep aside.

making upma recipe

  1. in a pan, heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil. add 1 tsp mustard seeds.

  2. when you hear the crackling sound of mustard seeds, it means they are getting fried.
  3. now add the 1/2 tsp cumin seeds along with 1 tsp chana dal and 1 tsp urad dal.
  4. fry till they begin to brown a bit
  5. immediately then add cashews and begin to fry. by the time, the cashews get golden the dals would also get golden.
  6. now add the finely chopped onions. saute the onions till they become translucent.
  7. then add the chopped green chilly, ginger, curry leaves. saute for a minute.
  8. then add 2.5 cups water to this mixture. add salt as required.
  9. then add sugar. sugar is optional and you can skip it. we prefer a slight sweet taste in the upma and hence we add it. stir well.
  10. on a medium to high flame, heat the water and let it come to a to a rolling boiling.
  11. when the water comes to a rolling boil, lower the flame to its lowest. then add the rava in 4 to 5 batches with a spoon.
  12. once you add the rava, stir immediately.
  13. then add the next batch of rava. stir again.
  14. this way keep on adding and stirring the rava up to the last batch.
  15. quickly stir and mix well. the rava grains absorb water and thus swell and get cooked.
  16. cover and allow the rava upma to steam for 2 minutes on the low flame.
  17. then switch off the flame. here the rava is cooked and the upma is ready.
  18. lastly add about 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir well.
  19. serve upma with coconut chutney or lime slices or lime pickle.

recipe video

how to make rava upma recipe:

1. prep up the ingredients for the upma – take 1 cup rava (fine variety), finely chop 1 medium sized onion, 1 to 2 green chillies and ½ inch ginger and some coriander leaves. also take 8 to 10 curry leaves, 10 to 12 cashews, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal.

ingredients for upma recipe

2. heat a pan or kadai first. add the 1 cup rava or cream of wheat (fine variety).

rava for upma recipe

3. begin to roast the rava. stir often while roasting the rava.

roasting rava for upma recipe

4. the rava or sooji grains should become fragrant and start to look dry, separate and crisp. don’t brown the rava.

roasting rava for upma recipe

5. once the rava becomes fragrant and starts to look dry and crisp, then switch off the flame and add the roasted rava in a plate and keep aside.

rava for upma recipe

6. in a pan, heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil.

ghee for upma recipe

7. add 1 tsp mustard seeds. when you hear the crackling sound of mustard seeds, it means they are getting fried.

mustard for upma recipe

8. now add the ½ tsp cumin seeds along with 1 tsp chana dal (husked and split bengal gram) and 1 tsp urad dal (husked and split black gram).

dal for upma recipe

9. fry till the chana dal and urad dal begin to brown a bit.

frying dal for upma recipe

10. immediately then add cashews and begin to fry.

cashews for rava upma recipe

11. by the time, the cashews get golden the dals would also get golden.

cashews for rava upma recipe

12. now add the finely chopped onions.

onions for rava upma recipe

13. saute the onions till they become translucent.

onions for rava upma recipe

14. then add the chopped green chilly, ginger and curry leaves.

ginger for rava upma recipe

15. stir & saute for a minute.

making rava upma recipe

16. then add 2.5 cups water to this mixture.

water for rava upma recipe

17. add salt as required.

salt for upma recipe

18. then add sugar. sugar is optional and you can skip it. we prefer a slight sweet taste in the upma and hence we add it.

sugar for upma recipe

19. stir well. on a medium to high flame, heat the water and let it come to a rolling boiling.

stir upma

20. when the water comes to a rolling boil, lower the flame to its lowest. then add the rava in 4 to 5 batches with a spoon.

adding rava for upma

21. once you add the rava, stir immediately.

adding rava for upma recipe

22. then add the next batch of rava. stir again.

adding rava for upma recipe

23. this way keep on adding and stirring the rava up to the last batch.

adding rava for upma recipe

24. quickly stir and mix very well. the rava grains absorb water and thus swell and get cooked.

cooking upma, making upma recipe

25. cover and allow the rava upma to steam for 2 minutes on the low flame.

cooking upma, making upma recipe

26. then switch off the flame. here the rava is cooked and the upma is ready.

cooked upma, ready upma recipe

27. lastly add about 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. you can add more coriander leaves if you like.

coriander leaves for upma recipe

28. stir upma well.

cooked upma, ready upma recipe

30. serve rava upma hot with slices of lemon. i also sprinkle some sev (fried gram flour vermicelli) on upma while serving. though not the way upma is traditionally served. but folks at home prefer this mumbai style. you can also serve upma with coconut chutney or a lemon pickle.

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dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. This is a fantastic recipe. Never before has Upma tasted so awesome!! Thank you so much for this.

    • Welcome Dr. Himangi. Glad to know that you liked this upma recipe.

  2. Dear Dassana
    I tried this recipes and turned out awesome.
    I have prepared Upma several time before but it never taste as per expectation.
    But your recipe has made the dish finger licking.
    Thanks

    • Welcome Namita. Glad to know that you liked the upma recipe posted here. do try some more recipes.

  3. hi – v nice recipe – but i used half the quantity of rave (1 bowl equal to 125 grams) – if i have used 250 gems, i’m afraid it wouldn’t have turned out so nice – what do you think? thanks

    • vini, the rava mentioned here is not 250 grams. it is 1 cup. 1 cup rava weighs about 165 grams. the measuring cup used is 250 ml cup. now any ingredient added in this cup will weigh differently depending on its density. so 1 cup of rice weighs 200 grams, 1 cup of whole wheat flour weighs 120 grams. hope this helps.