Wheat rava upma ( Broken wheat rava, cracked wheat rava or samba wheat rava in English, Godhuma ravai in Tamil ) is a healthy, easy to make breakfast & dinner recipe. I make it at least once in a week for our dinner. I was not a big fan of this upma but when I was pregnant, my doctor advised me to reduce the intake of rice due to gestational diabetes. On those days, my mom made this upma by adding more onions and vegetables just like kichadi. She makes it very well, soft, colorful, spicy and flavorful. Mom adds large quantity of sliced small onions which gives an additional flavor and taste for this upma. So I loved to have this upma every single day. From then, I started making this upma very often and till date I try to include this dish in our regular menu by keeping its health benefits in mind. My mom makes it in a kadai and cooks it patiently whereas I cook it directly in a pressure cooker to finish the job quickly. Its a tummy filling breakfast/dinner recipe which is ideal for people under weight loss. Bachelors and working women would find this recipe helpful to make a quick and healthy breakfast or dinner. Friends, do include this easy, healthy Godhuma rava upma in your regular diet. I feel coconut chutney is the best side dish for this upma. But some people like to have it with sambar, sugar or even with curd. Lets see how to make broken wheat rava ( also known as cracked wheat rava upma) at home easily in a pressure cooker.
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Chopped vegetables - 1/2 cup ( Carrot, peas, beans)
Big onion or small onion - 1 no/ 15 nos
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Green chillies - 2 nos ( finely chopped)
Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp
Chana dal - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - few
Wash and chop the vegetables finely and set aside.Chop the onions, slice the green chillies finely or slit them.
Heat oil in a cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. Saute onions, ginger, green chillies and finely chopped vegetables. Mix well.
Add water, required salt. When the water starts to roll boil, add wheat rava. Mix well till most of the water is absorbed by the wheat rava. When the mixture becomes semi thick, cover the cooker and keep the flame completely low. Put the weight valve and cook for one whistle. It takes nearly 8-10 minutes to cook. Switch off the flame and remove the cooker from the stove.
Open the lid after the steam is released. Mix well with a fork like ladle. Serve hot with coconut chutney or sambar ! Garnish with freshly grated coconut and serve it hot if you like.
If you don’t like to cook in pressure cooker, you can make the same in kadai. Just cover cook for sometime till the wheat rava cooks. It takes more time to cook. So mix the rava once or twice in the middle while cooking and add more water if needed.
Add more chillies if you want spicy upma.
For variations and to give mild tangy taste, you can add one small, finely chopped tomato along with onions.
Make this healthy cracked wheat rava upma for breakfast or dinner and enjoy !