Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rava (Semolina) Upma

I was never a big fan of upma and almost dreaded the days mom used to make them. My dad (who is an amazing cook) made for me on his recent visit and it was the best I have ever had. He has a very unique and experimental style of cooking with increased focus on measurement. This is one recipe that I can completely vouch for, hope you like it!

Rava (Sooji): 1 cup
Onions: 2 medium size (key ingredient - chopped)
Carrot: 1 (chopped into small cubes)
Beans: 7-8 nos (chopped into small pieces)
Asafoetida: 1 pinch (key ingredient)
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp (key ingredient)
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Channa Dal: 1/2 tsp (optional)
Urad dal: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: 3-4 nos
Oil: 1tbsp
Ghee: 1tbsp
Water: 3 cups
Salt to taste

1. Take the pan and dry roast the rava (sooji) until it turns light pink in color. This is to prevent the upma from getting mushy.
2. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, Urad dal and channa dal, asafoetida and curry leaves.
3. Cut the onions horizontally into half and finely cut it into thin slices. Add the onions to the oil and saute till it is cooked(we don't want it to turn brown)
4. Cut the carrots and beans into fine slices and add it to the pan and let the vegetables cook.
5. Add the water, salt and turmeric to the pan and bring it to a boil.
6. Add the rava(sooji) slowly while stirring the pan (this will prevent lumps).
7. Cover and cook in medium low for 3-5 min.
8. Add the ghee in the end for flavor.

Bon Appetit!


  1. Wow!! upma looks so lovely..the fact that this one is your dad's preparation will dfntly make it more tasty ;)
    The "Love" ingredient makes it the best...

  2. this is a delicious recipe and you have made it so perfect!

  3. At times, it is nice when someone else cooks and we sit and enjoy.

  4. yum yum yummy......looks soft and perfect for breakfast!

  5. I agree, lot of people dread Upma...But no wonder u became a fan of ur dad's version, because it is filled with LOVE... Yummy! :)

  6. Looks really yummy!!Thanks for the recipe!!

  7. Nice job.. its so nice your dad made it for you:)

  8. looks very perfect...i agree lot of people are not big fans of upma..but we always had it during rainy seasaon..its best warm with a cup of tea..

  9. Upma seems so perfect n delicious. Great for a quick meal.

  10. My all time fav bfast...looks delish....

  11. I had a similar post recently, but with coconut and without daals..Great BF :-)

  12. yummy,yummy,upma,,,,it is so tempting....

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  14. That's so sweet, ur dad made this Upma for his dear daughter. Looks beautiful ,yummy and healthy. Please Convey to Ur Dad that he gets 5/5 for this Upma.

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  16. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. My dad is a regular visitor of this blog and is going to be thrilled to read them.

    @ Malar: count us in!! :)

  17. Great picture...this preparation is slightly different from mine...will definitely try this version next time :)

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  19. That's a yum looking Upma.....I love upma...especially or rather the only.... veggies upma... Nice color....& texture...


  20. This is my favourite. I like it without the carrot. Still I love Upma even though people hate it. The photo looks like a kitchadi....


  21. I sometimes make upma with lots of veggies as one meal dish..this version too is nice and healthy!!Kudos to your dad!!

  22. Totally agree with you... not many like upmas, but I don't know how I developed a special place for rava upma/kichhadi... yours looks exactly like that one I love :-)


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