Monday, March 26, 2012

Upma – popular Indian breakfast

How easy is it to prepare one of the most popular Indian breakfast? Just two important ingredients make this dish – Salt and Semolina (Rava - Suji). But the same Upma can be incorporated with variations in flavour just by adding-subtracting couple of spices.


From my childhood, I was never in favour of upma but time changes so does likings. If something cooks within ten minutes, I likey.

You Need:

  • Semolina flour : 1 cup
  • Onion sliced : 1 medium
  • Green Chillies : 3-4 medium finely chopped
  • Hot Boiling water : 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander Leaves : handful finely chopped
  • Lemon juice : half lemon
  • Grated coconut (optional)
  • Shev (optional)

To Temper:

  • Curry Leaves : 10-12
  • Methi Seeds : 1tsp
  • Chana Dal : 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds : 1 tsp


You Do:

  1. Roast Semolina flour till it gives out its aroma (about 2-3 mins).
  2. Heat oil in a kadai, temper the temper stuffs.
  3. Follow with green chillies and onion. Sauté till light pink. Add salt.
  4. Add the roasted semolina and sauté for couple of mins. 
  5. Add hot water and cover immediately. Keep this for more couple of mins.
  6. At this stage you can decide, how you want to keep the consistency. If, dry you can keep this for more time, else off it immediately.

Done! Garnish with coriander leaves, grated coconut and serve with spicy shev.


Now, you can change the flavours, by adding any of the following along with onion:

  • Tomatoes
  • Ginger
  • Peas
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Capsicum

Sending this popular snack to multiple events hosted by lovely people around the blogosphere:


  1. love to have with coconut chutney :)

  2. Love it..
    Can make with so many variations too.

  3. Thats a quick & easy breakfast..

  4. The last time I ate upma was in India about 2 years ago. Looks delicious and so tempting. I would like a big bowl of this , anytime.

  5. Easy and comforting. Thx for linking to the event.

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  6. Very healthy and tasty breakfast.Thanks for linking my event.

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  8. Hi dear, a perfect breakfast item. Well cooked and love the Shev on top. Thanks for linking it to 'Only'.



  9. Though Many dislike Uppuma, Its one of my favorite breakfast. Nicely done


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