Rava Upma

Rava Upma

Upma is a south Indian breakfast dish, that is relished by almost all. From nutritional point of view also it stands good, as it is an amalgamation of veggies with any of the cereals like rava, rice rava, oats, millets etc. The most common type of upma is rava upma. It’s so easy to make that even my ten years old daughter can make it with ease. Only vegetables have to be chopped. When I am out of options for my daughter’s tiffin on Saturdays, this is the only dish that comes for my rescue. You can make it in jiffy. Her friends also keep on demanding for rava upma. It is a versatile dish i.e. you can alter it according to your needs, be it the type of vegetables, spice level or type of cereals.upma1

If your kids are fussy about eating vegetables, you can add them very finely chopped. This way they won’t complain and you will be able to give them healthy foods.


  • Semolina/sooji 1 cup
  • Oil 3-4 tablespoons
  • Peanut 2 tablespoons, crushed coarsely
  • Split Bengal gram/chana dal 1 tablespoon, soaked
  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
  • Carrot 1, chopped
  • Onion 1, chopped
  • Capsicum 1, small chopped
  • Peas 1/2 cup
  • Curry leaves 8-10
  • Green chilies 2, cut lengthwise
  • Coriander leaves 1/2 cup, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Water 3 cups
  • Desi ghee (optional) 2 tablespoons


Take sooji in a pan and roast it lightly on a low heat till it starts giving a nice aroma and keep aside. Do not brown it.upma11

In another pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, when they start spluttering, reduce heat. Add curry leaves and green chillies and saute them.


Add peanuts and fry for a while on medium heat. I didn’t have peanuts at home, so couldn’t add it.

Add chana dal and fry till it begins to brown.


Next add onion and saute till translucent.


Add carrot, capsicum and peas and saute for a minute.


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Add water and cover the pan. Once it starts boiling, add salt.


Add roasted sooji slowly stirring continuously taking care no lumps should form.


Roast it till all the water is absorbed and it starts leaving the pan.


Add  desi ghee and roast it further till it gives a bit dry appearance.

Tasty and healthy upma is ready.


Garnish with coriander leaves and cashew and serve hot.


  1. Addition of desi ghee is totally optional, I like the fragrance and taste of desi ghee in upma, if you want to omit, you can replace it with a tablespoon of oil.
  2. Quantity of water can be altered according to likings. If you like drier version of upma, add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rava.

2 thoughts on “Rava Upma

  1. Thank u mam for sharing this recipe..personally don’t like those ready to cook materials so was searching for basic recipe for beginners like me..
    Worthy following ur recipes..as peeps at my home too appreciated ur recipe n my cooking trail..?

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