Upma | Easy Rava Upma



As the second recipe for this week’s theme of “Breakfast” in the Blogging Marathon #110, I have chosen to make aΒ  recipe, that is considered to be very simple but can drive you up the wall! Please let me know if you agree or disagree. πŸ˜€


Upma is considered to be one of the easiest breakfast dish that can be prepared in no time. Being a basic recipe, I have always struggled to make it the way I like it. In fact, I have a “love-hate” relationship with this dish. I never liked upma when umma would make it for breakfast. Hers is usually a little dry and used to get stuck in the throat. Each time I would see her large kadai with a lid on the stove top when I would walk the kitchen, the frown would start from the heart to the face. Hehe… It was only after I got married, I started liking upma. HD would make the best upma – please note it is past tense. He no longer does… It’s not only with upma, but with many other dishes… πŸ˜• Most of the time, our weekend breakfast used to be upma. It is very easy to make, gets eaten fast too, so that we could go one with our cleaning tasks meant for that day. Once the kids came by, the upma mornings stopped, along with so many others that also stopped… πŸ™‚




HD is a very impulsive cook, so he would throw in anything that he found in the pantry. But with upma, he would be very specific. He would always make in ghee. He would add loads of chopped ginger and fry it well. I used to hate biting into so much ginger at that time. After roasting the rava, he would just add in so much water that you would feel he is making a mess of it. But at the end of the cooking, the rava would drink up all the water and the upma would be really soft and fluffy that I wouldn’t want to stop eating it. He is the one who got me into liking upma as a meal. But once he stopped making it, I struggled for a long time to get my consistency right till Fami posted her umma’s recipe on her blog.


I tried it and it was a Eureka moment. HD also commented that it was very close to how he made it. Hehe… I am just so thankful to her for getting me into the nostalgic lane. πŸ˜‰ I still don’t make upma often, but there are times when I really crave for it, and make it just for myself. Hehe… I would like to put a disclaimer to this recipe, that it isn’t the only way to make it. I had done this recipe on my Instagram handle a couple of weeks ago and I was bombarded with a lot of suggestions, that included adding coconut for additional flavor and cooking the rava in buttermilk, among many received, and also on how it needs to be eaten – with coconut chutney, etc. I have already noted it down and may post sometime in the future, but as of now, we are loving this version and will continue to… Hehe… Off to this recipe…




5 from 1 vote

Upma | Easy Rava Upma

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 small onion or 5-6 shallots sliced
  • 1 inch piece ginger chopped into small pcs
  • 2 green chillies minced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves minced or whole as preferred
  • 1 heaped tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 5-6 cashewnuts chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 3 cups boiling water refer notes
  • Coriander leaves for garnish optional


  • Keep the onion sliced and ready. Similarly, keep the chopped ginger, chilli and curry leaves ready.
  • Heat a saucepan and heat the ghee. Splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the urad dal and dried chillies briefly. Fry the cashewnuts.
  • Add the ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and sizzle for a minute.
  • Add the onion and fry till just wilted. Constantly saute to avoid the ingredients from burning.
  • Add the semolina and saute for at least five minutes or till it is well roasted.
  • Keep the water to boil at this time. Add sufficient salt into the water - a little more since it will ease out once added to the rava.
  • Once the rava feels roasted, add the water in batches and mix to avoid any lumps. The water may feel a little more but eventually it will get soaked by the semolina.
  • Allow the mixture to boil and then keep on simmer and closed lid for 8-10 minutes. Once in between, open and give it a good mix.
  • Switch off and give it a good mix. Serve hot, the way you like it!


You may use coconut oil or a mix of ghee and oil for the tempering.
The ingredients that go into the tempering is totally your choice, add or deduct as required.
We like the soft upma, but if you prefer drier, then use 2 to 2.5 cups of water for each cup of semolina. Tinker with the water quantity till you have your consistency. πŸ™‚
You can dry roast the semolina and boil the water in the tadka instead. However, I prefer this way, since I feel the rava gets a lot of flavor from the ingredients.



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  1. 5 stars
    I had the exact feelings about upma growing up. My mom would put big chunks of ginger that I hated a LOT. Then when I started cooking, I realized how quick and easy it is and so I make it once in a while. I make sure to grate the ginger finely though πŸ˜‰

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It is good to know that I am not alone! Thank you so much Pavani… πŸ™‚

  2. Upma was rarely made in our family , but over the years it has become a fortnightly affair . Recipe is almost the same though I add lots of coriander . The right proportion of ingredients is the key to a good upma – and yours looks just perfect !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I love adding a lot of coriander too, but sometimes I just run out of it… Hehe… thank you so much Vaishali…

  3. Nice to know you started liking upma, and I agree even now I can’t stand ginger in it, for that matter in anything..I never add it, while Amma does and it always ends up in my plate. Good that you finally were able to meet the expectation..:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Valli… πŸ™‚

  4. Even I never liked sooji umpa, but started liking it recently. Simple and delicious upma to have any time of the day.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sushma…

  5. Nice recipe. Adding rava and water in a 1:3 ratio is the secret to the perfect rava upma.

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