Rava (Semolina) Upma

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Breakfast
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Rava (Semolina) Upma is a popular breakfast dish from southern India. This is my take on a healthy version loaded with vegetables.


  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 stem of curry leaf
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1โ€ณ piece of ginger
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, peas)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp amchoor powder (ground mango powder)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste


  • First, roast the semolina in a tablespoon of oil. Be careful not to brown it too much. Remove from the utensil and keep aside.
  • Clean the utensil and heat 1-2 tbsp of oil.
  • Add in mustard seeds and wait until they begin to crackle.
  • Add in the curry leaves.
  • Next, add in the chopped chili, garlic and ginger followed by onions. Cook until onions are translucent.
  • Add in the vegetables and cook until a bit tender. You can use blanched vegetables.
  • Add in salt, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, and amchoor powder.
  • Add in the roasted semolina and mix well.
  • Add in 1 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cook for a few minutes until it forms the consistency you prefer. My family likes a drier version. That requires a bit longer cooking time.
  • Serve hot.


  • My cookhouse is a nut-free cookhouse.ย Feel free to add peanuts or cashews or any nuts of your choice.

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Rava (Semolina) Upma