Upma Recipe (South Indian Rava Upma)
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Upma Recipe (South Indian Rava Upma)

South Indian Upma Recipe (rava upma) – a traditional South Indian breakfast recipe made from semolina. It is usually served with chutney on the side.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 364kcal
Author Kanan


  • 1 ½ tablespoons Oil or Ghee
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Urad dal (split, skinless black gram)
  • ½ teaspoon Chana dal (Split bengal gram)
  • 6 Cashew nuts halved or broken
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 Green chilies chopped finely
  • 7-8 Curry leaves
  • ½ cup Onion chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2/3 cup Sooji (rava or semolina)
  • 1 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely


  • Heat the oil or ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds and let them pop.
  • Then add urad dal and chana dal, saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add cashews. fry till dal and cashews are light brown in color.
  • Then saute in green chili, ginger and curry leaves for a minute.
  • Add chopped onions along with salt, mix well and cook till onions turn soft and translucent.
  • Now add rava and roast for 6-7 minutes with stirring continuously.
  • While you are roasting the rava, warm up the water in microwave or stove top.
  • Once the rava is roasted, add water with stirring constantly. So there will be no lumps. Sooji will absorb most of the water.
  • Cover the pan, LOWER the heat and cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. If needed, stir once halfway through.
  • Add lemon juice, sprinkle chopped cilantro leaves
  • Mix well and turn off the stove



Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 9.3g | Fat: 15.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3.2mg
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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