Rava Upma Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

Rava Upma (Suji Upma) is a popular breakfast dish in India. It is nutritious, tasty and very easy to make at home by mixing and cooking roasted rava (suji, semolina) and sautéed vegetables in water. The ghee and carefully balanced spices make it simply irresistible. Follow this simple south Indian breakfast recipe and discover how really easy it is to make at home.
Rava Upma
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 3 servings
3/4 cup Rava (Sooji/Semolina)
1/4 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1 teaspoon Chana Dal (optional)
1 teaspoon Urad Dal (optional)
1 pinch Asafoetida
1-2 sprigs Curry Leaves
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger
2 Green Chilli, chopped
3 tablespoons Carrot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Fresh or Frozen Green Peas
3 tablespoons Capsicum, finely chopped
1 large Tomato, finely chopped
5-6 fried Cashew Nuts (optional)
2 tablespoons finely chopped Coriander Leaves
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
2 tablespoons Cooking Oil
1 1/2 cups Water
  1. step-1
    Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a kadai or heavy based pan. Add rava in it.
  2. step-2
    Roast it on low flame until it turns light brown, approx 4-5 minutes (time required to roast it may vary based on size and thickness of kadai). Keep stirring continuously. When done, transfer to a plate.
  3. step-3
    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in same kadai over medium flame. Add mustard seeds. When they begin to sputter, add chana dal, urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves. Cook until dals turn light brown.
  4. step-4
    Add chopped onion, grated ginger and chopped green chillies and sauté for 1-2 minutes until onion becomes translucent.
  5. step-5
    Add chopped carrot, green peas, chopped capsicum, chopped tomatoes and salt. Mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  6. step-6
    Add water and bring the mixture to boil, it will take around 2-3 minutes.
  7. step-7
    Add roasted rava and lemon juice; mix well.
  8. step-8
    Stir continuously for 1-2 minutes to avoid lumps.
  9. step-9
    Cover it with a lid and cook on low flame until mixture turns thick, it will take around 3-4 minutes. Stir in between regular intervals.
  10. step-10
    Turn off heat and remove the lid. Let it settle for 10 minutes before serving.
  11. l_step
    Add fried cashew nuts and coriander leaves, mix well and transfer rava upma to a serving plate.
Tips and Variations:
  • You can also add boiled vegetables of your choice in above recipe and make it healthier.
  • Roast rava properly over low flame until light brown in color otherwise it will turn sticky after cooking.
Taste: Salty and mild spicy
Serving Ideas: Serve it with tea in the morning for breakfast or in the evening as afternoon snack. It is a perfect food to be packed in kid’s lunch box.

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Sep 19, 2015  by Ranga Reddy
It is quite suggestive. Thank you. let me know how to prepare kesari with rava please.

Aug 20, 2015  by saravanakumar
Really very good reciepies, Kindly advise me on more on south indian items - thank you :)

Jul 28, 2015  by Shalu Singh
This recipe so easy and test is so good...

Jul 28, 2015  by Bhumika Khurana
Thank you so so so much for making my breakfast time fun. Loved your recipe, simple, easy and so yummy food. You guys are the best.

Response: Thank you Bhumika.

Jun 29, 2015  by Diksha
You people seriously rock. I loved the recipe, easy to cook and healthy to eat. Thanks a lot.

Jun 27, 2015  by Chandni
Turned out amazingly good.

Jun 10, 2015  by Softy
I tried upma for the first time and recipe helped me a lot. Thanks for this yummy recipe.

Jun 01, 2015  by Padma Shankar
Nice recipe, very easily explained.

Mar 02, 2015  by Bharti
Excellent recipe. Do you have book for all your recipe!

Response: Hi Bharti, thanks for trying the recipe. Right now, we do not have book for all our recipes but we are planning to make an ebook.

Feb 12, 2015  by Raj Kumar
It's very nice and helpful to cook.

Jan 31, 2015  by Mrs.Gupta
I made it for my husband. Do post more authentic South Indian receipes.

Jan 19, 2015  by Sidhi
Nice and yummy. My daughter loves it.

Jan 03, 2015  by Santosh
Perfect explanation, very easy to understand for such a difficult recipe.

Dec 21, 2014  by Er.Bipen Singh Charak
Very great dish. Please keep me informed about some North-eastern recipes.

Response: Hi, you can find more north eastern recipes here.

Nov 13, 2014  by sneha Verhani
It’s an awesome recipe. I have to give upma to my son in his lunchbox. How can it remain soft in tiffin for about 2-3 hours? Can you give any suggestions?

Response: Hi Sneha, cover the upma with a lid immediately after done cooking to prevent it from turning dry. Fill the lunchbox with warm upma and cover it with a lid to keep it soft for longer time.

Nov 10, 2014  by Khushi
I simply loved it. Thank you a lot. Please post few more south Indian recipes.

Response: Hi Khushi, we will definitely upload more south Indian recipe.

Nov 06, 2014  by grisha
The recipe is really explained well. May I know any particular website or page where you post your recipes?

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Jul 21, 2014  by shweta agrawal
good explanation with step by step with pictures . it gives more confidence.

Jun 09, 2014  by Vristhi
Perfect recipe as i want.
step by step you explain perfect..
my kid like upma a lot.. i learn it and made it.. thanks a lot.

Feb 14, 2014  by Diya
I like all your recipes. :)Thanx

Mar 11, 2013  by dr ashok
I know through dr vasoya my friend

Response: Thanks a lot for the feedback Dr. Ashok. We hope that recipe came out well and to your liking!

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