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Rava Upma | Uppittu

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Upma was one of my last options for breakfast since I was a child. What made it a last option? I really didn't know. My mom made upma very rarely just because I didn't like it.

When I was studying, my hostel upma really made me miss my mom's. After which, I always had my mum's preparation without any complaints. I finally tried Upma by myself and felt good about it.

Upma / Uppittu is made of roasted semolina and it is the most common breakfast in every South Indian household. These days it is popular in most of the Indian households.

Upma/ Uppittu is made in different varieties as per one's taste and preference. Some also add chopped vegetables like carrot, beans, etc.

I make it more often at home, since it is quick and easy. I make the basic version of Upma. You could add your choice of chopped and cooked vegetables to this.

Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins


Semolina / Rava - 1 cup
Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
Urad dal / Split black gram - 1 tsp
Chana dal / Split bengal gram - 1tsp
Ginger finely chopped - 1 tsp 
Curry Leaves - 2 sticks
Onion (medium) chopped - 1 no.
Green chilies chopped - 2 nos. (adjust according to your taste)
Coriander leaves chopped - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

  1. Heat Ghee in  a wok/ pan and add semolina. You can even dry roast semolina if you do not wish to add ghee.
  2. Fry semolina till light brown and keep aside
  3. In a large wok / pan, heat oil.
  4. Add mustard seeds and let them sputter.
  5. Now add Urad Dal and Chana Dal and let it fry till light brown.
  6. Add onion and fry till golden brown.
  7. Add green chilies, coriander leaves and fry for a minute.
  8. Now add 2 cups of water, lemon juice and salt.
  9. After the water boils, add roasted semolina and mix well to avoid lumps forming.
  10. Cover and cook till done.
  11. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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