Upma Recipe

This Upma Recipe is one of the easiest, delicious, and staple breakfast recipes. It is one of the breakfast dishes that have so many memories attached to it. This recipe I have learned from my mother in law. She makes the best Upma and I am sure many would agree to it. However, after learning this recipe from her and trying it many times, I have finally nailed this recipe.

This Upma Recipe with step-by-step pictures and a detailed recipe will help you to prepare this at home. So, basically, Upma is a traditional South Indian Breakfast made from Rava also popularly known as Semolina in English and Sooji in Hindi. Upma is a typical breakfast option as it is healthy and also cooks fast. It can be cooked with basic ingredients available in our pantry. No elaborate cooking is required nor any fancy items needed. So it becomes very easy to cook and serve as a hot breakfast option.

Upma Recipe for Breakfast / Upma garnished with coriander leaves, cashew nuts and served in a steel bowl

Upma, also a popular breakfast dish in most Indian homes as it is easy to prepare, tastes delicious. It is always served with Ginger Tea or Filter Coffee as it pairs well. Since it is a little dry it is always better to serve a beverage along with it. If you do not consume tea or coffee, you can also try smoothies like Strawberry and Black Grape SmoothieGreen Dream SmoothiePina Colada Smoothie, or Beetroot Smoothie.

If you are looking for some variations, you can also try this tasty Bread Upma for breakfast. You can also make Vegetable Upma by adding various vegetables like peas, carrot, capsicum, and tomatoes. It will taste really good and nutritious too. Upma is also served with coconut chutney in many south Indian Restaurants and it tastes good.

To ease the process of making Upma, you can also roast Rava in a big quantity and store it in an air-tight jar. This way you can use the roasted Rava whenever you want to cook Upma and it will be ready in just 10-15 minutes.

Upma Recipe for Breakfast / Upma garnished with coriander leaves, cashew nuts and served in a steel bowl

Upma Recipe

Hetal Kamdar
Upma is a traditional South Indian Breakfast made from Rava also popularly known as Semolina in English and Sooji in Hindi. Upma is a typical breakfast option as it is healthy and also cooks fast.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2
Calories 472 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup Rava Semolina or Sooji
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 tbsp curd / Yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 5-6 cashew nuts
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • ¼ th cup of finely chopped coriander leaves

Instructions
 

  • How to Roast Rava / Semolina
  • Heat ghee in a nonstick pan and add Rava/Semolina to it.
  • Roast the Rava on a medium flame stirring frequently for about 5 minutes till it turns brown.
  • Once the Rava leaves a nice aroma and turns the brown switch off the flame and remove it on a plate and keep it aside.
  • How to make Upma
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to it.
  • Once they crackle, add chana dal to it.
  • Wait for 30 seconds to allow chana dal to turn brown.
  • Now add cashew nuts, green chilies to it and cook till they turn brown.
  • Add, finely chopped onions to it and saute them for 2 minutes till onions turn translucent.
  • Now add water to the pan and let it boil for a minute.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, add curd to it.
  • At this point, add sugar, salt and mix everything well.
  • Once the whole mixture come to a boil, add Rava to it.
  • Mix everything well and cook till all the water evaporates and Rava is cooked properly.
  • Finally, put the ladle in the center to check if the Upma is cooked properly.
  • Remove the Upma to a plate, garnish with finel

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 28gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1095mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 132IUVitamin C: 79mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
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Ingredients:
1 cup Rava, Semolina or Sooji
1 tbsp Ghee
2 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp curd / Yogurt
1 tsp sugar
2-3 green chilies finely chopped
7-8 curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp chana dal
5-6 cashew nuts
1 big onion finely chopped
Salt as per taste
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/4th cup of finely chopped coriander leaves

Rava/ Semolina, onions, cashew nuts, onion, curd, chana dal and mustard seeds for making Upma Recipe

Step-By-Step Recipe of Upma

How to Roast Rava / Semolina

1. Heat ghee in a nonstick pan and add Rava/Semolina to it.

heating ghee in a pan for upma recipe

2. Roast the Rava on a medium flame stirring frequently for about 5 minutes till it turns brown.

adding rava to the ghee

3. Once the Rava leaves a nice aroma and turns the brown switch off the flame and remove it on a plate and keep it aside.

roasting semolina

Rava is roasted till brown in color

How to make Upma

4. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to it.

adding mustard seeds to oil

5. Once they crackle, add chana dal to it.

Adding chana dal to oil

6. Wait for 30 seconds to allow chana dal to turn brown.

seeds are crackling

7. Now add cashew nuts, green chilies to it and cook till they turn brown

adding cashew nuts to the pan

8. Add, finely chopped onions to it and saute them for 2 minutes till onions turn translucent.

adding onions for upma recipe, how to make upma

roasting onions and cashew nuts for upma recipe

9. Now add water to the pan and let it boil for a minute.

adding water to the pan, upma recipe

10. Once the water comes to a boil, add curd to it.

adding curd to the boiling water for making upma

curd and water for preparing Upma

11. At this point, add sugar, salt and mix everything well.

adding salt for upma recipe

Adding sugar to upma recipe

12. Once the whole mixture come to a boil, add Rava to it.

adding roasted rava to upma recipe

rava added to the boiled curd mixture for upma recipe

13. Mix everything well and cook till all the water evaporates and Rava is cooked properly.

everything coming to a boil for upma

rava absorbing water for upma

Rava soaked all the water for upma recipe

14. Finally, put the ladle in the center to check if the Upma is cooked properly.

checking if upma is cooked by putting the ladle in the middle

15. Remove the Upma to a plate, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot with a cup of coffee.

Upma Recipe, How to cook Upma at home, South Indian Style Upma Recipe

Recipe Notes:

  • Roasting Rava is a very important step, so please do not omit it.
  • Please roast Rava on a medium flame and stirring continuously, else it may burn and turn black.
  • You can skip sugar in this recipe.
  • Adding cashew nuts gives a nice crunch and flavor to this Upma Recipe.
  • Also, adding curd to this recipe enhances the taste of Upma, if you do want to use it use lemon juice.
  • You can add Rava first and water later, both work well.
  • Serve Upma hot along with a cup of coffee and Chai / Tea.

Finally, do check out these recipes:
Samo Upma
Arbi Roast
Beetroot Paratha
Spinach Corn Sandwich
Sweet Corn Tikkis

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