Posted: February 18, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Breakfast, Indian Food
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Recipe Yield: 4 Servings

Upma is a south indian breakfast dish. It is usually made with semolina which is also called sooji or rava.

Upma was never a favorite while growing up but now cannot have enough of it. I also like to add some veggies to my upma to make it wholesome. I think it’s the easiest and quickest dish to prepare and enjoy. So, here the recipe to my version of simple yet utterly delicious breakfast.




  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 1/2 cups of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 green chilli, de-vined, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  • Soak urad dal in water for 10-15 minutes, drain the same and keep it aside.
  • Dry roast semolina/rava/sooji until it just turn light brown. Once done, Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it get splatter.
  • Add onions, green chillies, curry leaves, urad dal and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the veggies followed by turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Add some water and cover the pan and cook until the veggies are tender. Then add the hot water and sooji, stirring constantly until it becomes thick. Upma is done when all the water is absorbed by sooji.
  • Switch off the flame and let it sit for some time. Garnish with coriander leaves to serve.
  1. One of the simplest and tastiest breakfasts! This looks delicious with the ketchup oozing over it!

  2. kshipra says:

    Upma looks delicious. I also do it on a regular basis but slightly diff. way. urs look perfect.

  3. Tanvi says:

    This upma looks flavorful.I also eat upma with ketchup.

  4. Rachana says:

    Hey Suman, how are you? Great to have you back and also like the new look of your space 🙂

    I love upma and loved the rasmalai too which you posted a few days ago. Great pics!

  5. Nithu says:

    Upma looks tasty with the ketchup.

  6. Mary says:

    This sounds and looks wonderful. I’ll have to assemble the ingredients and give this a try. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  7. Joanne says:

    I’ve heard of upma before but have never tried it. Yours looks delicious!

  8. Kothiyavunu says:

    Not a fan of upma, but this looks very tempting!

  9. It looks wonderful! In Lebanese kitchens, semolina is usually for sweet meats and pastries so I really would love to try your tasty savory dish!

  10. aipi says:

    I love to eat upma with haldiram bhujiya..lol..Your post reminds me I haven’t had it since a very LONG time..
    Looks very delicious 🙂

    US Masala

  11. Priya says:

    Love it with spicy coconut chutney,looks soo delicious..

  12. chaitanya says:

    very tasty …. looks awesome ..

  13. Swathi says:

    Upma looks awesome color. sure it taste great

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