Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rava Upma | Semolina Upma | Breakfast Recipe

Rava Upma, a simple & tasty breakfast/dinner dish that can be prepared in a jiffy for busy days. There were times that i hate upma like anything and don't even want to touch even when i was ravenously hungry. All those things were changed when i started cooking and i guess that i really started to appreciate the simple dishes when i cook on my own. That's when i realized even with simple ingredients, some dishes (like upma, kanji ) are extremely delicious compared to all the restaurant style fancy dishes where the ingredients list itself go for a page.
Now coming to today's recipe, as simple as this recipe sounds, they are high chances that this upma can easily turned to glue(personal experience) like texture!!! Roasting the rava  & the water quantity is very important to get the non sticky upma and also while adding the rava, stir it continuously to avoid lumps. If these things are taken care of , then your upma would be delicious. This is the basic recipe, if you want to add more veggies, go for it and make it as you per your liking. 

Rava Upma

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Rava/Semolina - 1/2 cup
Pearl onion - 5
Green Chili -1
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Grated Coconut - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Water - 1 cup
Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard & urad dal-1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few
Salt- to taste

First let's roast the rava, heat the pan and add the rava, roast it till it becomes aromatic and remove it on the plate.Peel & chop the onions into small pieces, slit the chili and chop the ginger into small pieces. Heat the pan with oil, add the mustard & urad dal, let the mustard splutter.Add the onions, curry leaves, ginger & green chili, saute till the onions becomes translucent,then add the water into the pan.Add salt and let it bring into boil,then add the roasted rava slowly & stir simultaneously. Once all the water is absorbed, add the grated coconut , mix it well and cover it with lid and keep the flame in low for 2 more mins & switch off the flame.Finally add few coriander leaves on top and it's ready to serve.
  • Coconut oil gives great flavor to the upma, so highly recommend to use it.
  • Using non stick helps to avoid sticking at the bottom.
  • While adding the rava into boiling water, keep stir continuously to avoid lumps.
  • Some time, i have added 1 tsp of chana dal while tempering for extra crunchiness.
  • For extra richness, add a tsp of ghee on top while serving.
  • I personally like the ginger flavor in the upma, but that's pure optional

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  1. Your rava upma looks so classic white! very nicely done..

  2. Lol, yea even my first experience was that famous rava glue. Rava upma is one of the classic South Indian breakfast. Love this most hated and unrated rava upma anytime.

    1. Thanks Priya. Some disaster at kitchen will remain a lifetime laughter !!

  3. That is one simple and easy to make upma. Again that whole plate with upma and coffee looks just soo inviting.

  4. This is one breakfast that is very common during gathers. People either hate it or love it. I was in the former category and until I started cooking. Now I know why it is so common, the ease of preparation.

    1. Yes, it's a great dish to prepare for crowds in mins.

  5. I too used to hate upma until I started cooking on my own. Now upmas of all kinds are my favorite breakfasts to make.

    1. Good to know many are like me when it comes to upma.

  6. I love rava upma, my absolute favorite dish. Love how nicely you've done.

  7. Love upma in all its variations. I haven't tried using coconut oil though. The sugar in the picture reminded me that I used to eat upma with sugar in my growing up days :)

  8. Rava upma was my least favorite breakfast dish during my childhood.Now I have come to tolerate it and even eat it without making a fuss. Your upma looks so white and with coffee such a filling breakfast as well!

  9. Quick breakfast for busy mornings. I have started using coconut oil in my cooking these days, Didnt like the taste initially, but heard its better than any other oils.

  10. This is such a easy upma to make but getting the perfect texture is the key! Yours have come out perfectly.

  11. Upma is a comfort breakfast and I love the way you have made it..not to forget amazing clicks.

  12. rava upma, the dish that gets done almost in every south-indian home. i love rava upma, for its simplicity and it almost takes and blends with any veggies or spices u add to it!! your upma looks classic love that plating !!!

  13. Rava upma has turned out so white. Love upma, will try out your version.