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January 22, 2013


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Rava upma

Rava upma is one of the easiest & simple breakfast/dinner recipes which can be made in minutes. I am not a big fan of rava recipes but my hubby loves anything with rava/semolina...Before marriage,my mom makes rava upma in weekends..My dad & sis enjoy it adding grated coconut. I hate that comboNyah-Nyah. So my mom makes dosa specially for me by reserving some batter. Now i crave for my mom’s rava upma and coconut combo.After marriage, tables turned and i am making this rava upma at least once in a week for my husband. My MIL makes it very tasty by adding coconut oil. I struggled a lot to get soft & flavourful upma. Usually i don’t roast rava properly and the end result would be a sticky, hard upma Sad smile. I have even tried with store bought roasted rava.But it was also a super flop..Then my hubby taught me how to roast rava properly. I corrected my mistakes & got it right Smile..And now after many successful attempts, i thought of posting the recipe here. Of course making rava upma is not a big deal for most of u .But for beginners, its always a night mare and most of the time it will be with lumps..This post is purely for beginners and bachelors Smile.We love to have rava upma with sugar , so i don’t make chutney , sambar.It makes my job very simple..This upma stays soft even after some hours. So i pack it for my hubby’s breakfast when he leaves to office early from home..But it tastes the bestest when served hot Smile. U can make rava upma in microwave too.

Rava upma recipe

  • Semolina / Rava – 1 cup
  • Water – 2.5 cups ( Add 2.25 cups for fluffy upma)
  • Salt – As needed
To temper & saute
  • Cooking oil – 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1.5 tbsp
  • Big onion – 1 no ( slice cut)  OR Small onions – 1/2 cup ( chopped roughly)
  • Green chillies – 3 nos ( for less spice , add 2 nos)
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
Coconut oil – 1/2 - 1 tbsp
  • Dry roast the rava in a kadai in very low flame for 5-7 minutes without changing the colour. Keep on mixing well to avoid discoloration in certain areas..Remove & keep it in a plate.
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  • In the same kadai ,heat oil , splutter mustard seeds , urad & channa dal . After the dals turn golden brown , add the sliced onions ,green chillies, curry leaves & ginger bits. Saute well till onion turns transparent .Finally add the required water , salt. Cover it and allow it to roll boil for 5 mins.
  • Now simmer the flame completely and add the rava in one hand and mix well with a ladle using other hand ( Use a whisk to mix if u have). This step is very important to avoid lumps.
rava upma tile 2
  • Stir till the mixture becomes thick and all the water is absorbed by the rava. Close the kadai with a lid for 5 minutes. Open the lid and mix well and again close it for 2 minutes.
  • Rava will be well cooked , switch off the flame & add the coconut oil.. Mix well and serve hot  immediatley!!

  • Adding small onions instead of big onions gives a nice flavour & taste.
  • The amount of oil mentioned here should be added to get the softness & flavour.
  • Roasting rava without changing color is very important to get a white colored upma. Otherwise it will be slightly yellow.
  • Please add more water if u want the upma mushy.
  • If u r afraid of getting lumps , this step can be followed. ie , switch off the flame after the water starts to roll boil. Remove the kadai  , add the rava little by little by stirring in one hand slowly . Mix well and make sure there are no lumps. Then again keep it on the stove and mix well till all the water is absorbed. This method can be followed for making sweet kesari too. 
  • Sometimes I add tomato pieces along with onion to get a tangy taste.
  • My FIL likes to have this upma adding little lemon juice.It also tastes great..U can also add lots of grated coconut before eating to make it more rich & tasty. My sister loves this combo a lot .. Smile


  1. Upma is my all time fav among breakfast.Will have any time a day.Yumm upma.

  2. Rava is one of my fav dish. Can have it with anytime of the day with hot coffee. Nicely done

  3. very easy breakfast to prepare, I too love to have with sugar :)

  4. Rava upma is my husband all time fav! i do it in other way :) i.e roasted the rava than add the water !

  5. One of my fav too....I also like to eat with sugar :) ...looks yum

  6. my favourite for any meal perfectly done

  7. healthy and yummy breakfast.always love with sugar

  8. one of my favorite upma... today our breakfast was this... yumm... we too use sugar to it...
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  9. Simple and easy breakfast.. Love to have this anytime.. :)

  10. Quick and yummy breakfast,love the presentation.

  11. Quick and easy, looks yum too.

  12. Upma looks good and it!!!

  13. Simple and easy breakfast,looks tempting..awesome presentation...

  14. look really delicious! Have a great day!

  15. Love Rava Upma anytime, ur pics are too tempting me :)

  16. Rava upma are always my fav...My mom used to make perfectly all the time...For me its sometimes hit..sometimes not...

  17. so tempting and so delicious!!! a perfect way to start the day!!!
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  18. My all time favourite, love with coconut chutney.

  19. dear, to avoid lumps try adding some cold water after all the semolina then mix well

  20. @ Anonymous , Thanks for the tip.will try next time :)


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