Upma Recipe, How to make Upma (Video + Photos)

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Upma recipe with video and step by step photos. It is a traditional South Indian breakfast dish made from rava. A quick vegan breakfast dish,

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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.

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 you make upma or Rava cheela or Rava Pongal. you can make variety of recipes with rava.

We just loved the steaming hot upma served with some hot cuppa of chai or filter coffee. Our comfort breakfast any day.

How to make upma

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

Making upma

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 begins 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

Adding rava for 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 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 it with coconut chutney or a lemon pickle.

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Rava upma is a savory South Indian breakfast dish made with cream of wheat (sooji or rava).

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 30 mins


Cuisine Indian

Course: Breakfast, Brunch


Servings 3

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