Upma Recipeor Suji ka Upma – is a popular south Indian breakfast recipe made with rava. An easy rava upma recipe that will be ready in flat 15 minutes. It is indeed an ideal tiffin recipe for kid’s lunch box as it is a healthy choice and so delicious too.Here is how to make best upma recipe step by step at home.
So, today on the blog is traditional south Indian rava Upma recipe, popular not only in India, but now even worldwide. There was a time when I never liked it during my childhood or college days. But after coming to Bangalore, I started developing the taste for it.
Rava is also known as semolina or sooji (suji) in hindi. Here, I have seen, people usually make suji ka upma using Bombay rava or fine sooji that is also known as upma rava. In most of the South Indian restaurants, Uppittu aka Uppamavu is served along with kesari (sooji halwa south Indian style) known as chow chow bath
Rava Upma has always been a choice of breakfast or light meal for us. The reason being, it takes no time to get done. Plus, the flavour, taste and texture of the steaming hot upma is so amazing, that one can’t resist digging into it. The addition of the vegetables is another important factor that makes rava upma recipe more healthier, filling giving it great crunch and taste to it.
Rava upma taste best with sprinkle of lemon on top along with south Indian coconut chutney or tomato chutney for more sweet and sour twist.
Variations Of Upma Recipe
There are few fixed ingredients we have to use to get that authentic south Indian taste. Furthermore, you will also find few variations of Upma recipe as well.
Apart from this simple upma recipe, the addition of tomato makes it tomato upma.
Furthermore, we can add veggies which makes it as delicious and healthy vegetable upma.
Semiya Upma (Vermicelli upma)
Ingredients to cook upma recipe
Talking about the ingredients, few spices are a must to cook suji ka upma .i.e mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad dal, chana dal and cashew nuts. Mustard Seeds, dals and curry leaves tempering gives distinct characteristic flavour that depicts a true South Indian Upma flavour. So, I would highly recommend using it in the recipe.
Cashew nuts adds great texture and nutty taste to soft upma, so do consider adding it to the recipe. However, if you are allergic to cashew nuts, then just skip it
Main component of this Upma recipe, of course is dry roasted semolina (rava). Significantly, roast the upma in ghee for rich flavour and taste.
The other seasoning ingredients are ginger, green chillies, onions, salt, sugar and lemon juice. Feel free to skip onions, if you want to make upma without it.
If you notice I have also added couple of veggies .i.e carrot and peas, as it was our lunch meal. But, if you wish, you can skip veggies, no any such rules to add vegetables is a must.
Next, I have used ghee to make this sooji upma, but you can use refined oil as well. However, ghee gives more enticing aroma and taste to it. Also, if you want a vegan option then, skip ghee and use any plant-based oil. Lastly, coriander leaves are used for garnish.
Tips to Make best Rava Upma Recipe at Home
If you like to eat it soft and melt in mouth upma, do add exact 3 cups of water to 1 cup of rava. This will give perfect softness preventing it to get dry. Note: Also, to make the perfect upma, always use the same measuring cup to measure the water that you are using to measure rava.
Another important thing here is, roasted semolina gives fine taste and earthy flavour to the recipe. So, do not forget roast the sooji in ghee (or oil, for vegan version) before proceeding to make upma
For best flavour, make Upma recipe in ghee only.
Stir continuously after adding the semolina, in order to avoid formation of any lump.
Serve Rava Upma with
Do serve this hot rava upma along with coconut chutneys and a cup of hot filter coffee. Mark my words, this combination is a heaven.
Now, quickly let’s head on to How to make rava upma at home
How to make Upma Recipe – Step By Step
In a kadhai or pan, for roasting rava, heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee or oil. Add rava (semolina) and roast is for 2 minutes on medium taking care that it doesn’t burn, once roasted well, it will release nice roasted earthy aroma.
Transfer it on a plate and set it aside.
to cook rava upma recipe
In a same pan, heat remaining ghee. Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Now, add chana dal and urad dal and fry for 30 seconds until just golden, do not burn
Add cashew nuts and fry for another 30 seconds, until just light brown. Add curry leaves and green chillies, fry for 30 seconds.
Now add chopped onions, grated ginger,salt and fry until soft and pink.
Next, add peas and carrot and fry on high for another minute.
Then, add 3 cups of water and mix. Bring to a boil and add sugar, lemon juice, mix
Now, gradually add roasted sooji/rava stirring continouosly to avoid any lumps. Mix well
Next, on a medium flame, allow it to cook for a minute such that rava absorbs all the water.
Now, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat. This helps to steam the sooji upma well. Here, you may add some more lemon juice also, if you wish to. Delicious soft suji ka upma recipe is ready to serve. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve
Upma Recipeor Suji ka Upma - is a popular south Indian breakfast recipe made with rava. An easy rava upma recipe ready in flat 15 minutes. It is indeed an ideal tiffin recipe for kid’s lunch box as it is a healthy choice and so delicious too.Here is how to make best upma recipe step by step at home.
Keyword Rava Upma, Suji ka Upma, Upma Recipe
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Author Farrukh Aziz
To prepare rava upma:
1 onion medium size, finely chopped
2green chiliesslit or chopped
1teaspoonsplit chickpeaschana dal
lemon juice as needed
coriander leaves for garnish
How to make upma recipe:
In a kadhai or pan, heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee or oil.
Add 1 cup of semolina or rava and roast is for 2 minutes on medium taking care that it doesnt burn.Once roasted well, it will release nice roasted earthy aroma.
Transfer it on a plate and set aside
In a same kadhai, heat remaining ghee.
Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
Now, add chana dal and urad dal and fry for 30 seconds until just golden, do not burn
Add cashew nuts and fry for another 30 seconds, until just golden.
Add curry leaves and chillies, fry for another 30 seconds.
Then, add onions, grated ginger, salt and mix. Fry until soft and pink.
Next, add peas and carrot and fry on high for aminute.
Add 3 cups of water and mix. Bring to a boil and add sugar, lemon juice, mix
Now, carefully and gradually add raosted sooji/rava stirring continuosly to avoid any lumps. Mix well
Next, allow it to cook for a minute such that rava absorbs all the water.
Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat. This helps to steam the upma well. Add coriander leaves and mix. Here, you may add some more lemon juice if you wish to. Delicious soft suji upma is ready to serve.
I have added 3 cups of water for 1 cup of suji(rava)here. This ratio gives soft melt in mouth upma. However, if you wish to make upma little less soft, then go ahead with ratio of 1 cup sooji to 2.5 cups of water.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Total Carbohydrates 39g13%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.