Upma Recipe (Semolina Porridge)

Updated on May 1, 2020
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Upma is a savory Indian porridge made with semolina
Upma is a savory Indian porridge made with semolina

Upma is a savory porridge made with semolina (rava), onion and green chillies. It is a traditional South Indian breakfast that is usually served with coconut chutney and peanut chutney. It tastes great on its own, even without any side dishes. It is easy to make and takes around 15-20 minutes to prepare.

Whether you are a newbie, a student or a bachelor, you can cook this dish with minimum effort. It is tasty, nutrient-rich and can be prepared in no time.

Beginning your day with a nutritious breakfast stimulates your metabolism and gives you energy to work productively throughout the day.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 100 grams rava (semolina)
  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10-15 roasted peanuts or cashew nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ghee (clarified butter) or cooking oil
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan and add the rava (semolina).
  2. Begin to roast the rava on medium heat. Stir often.
  3. The rava grains should become fragrant and start dry, separate and crisp. Don't let the grains turn brown.
  4. Turn off the heat, transfer the roasted rava to a plate and set aside.
  5. In a pan, heat the ghee or cooking oil.
  6. Add the mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add the green chillies and curry leaves.
  7. Add peanuts or cashew nuts and stir for 2 minutes.
  8. Add onions and stir for a few seconds. Add salt and a pinch of turmeric.
  9. Add the roasted semolina back to the pan, stir for 30 seconds and add 2 cups of water. Mix well. If needed, add more water into the mixture. Note: Be careful to avoid getting splashed.
  10. Add coriander leaves in order to give flavour and add fragrance.
  11. Let the upma boil while stirring continuously. Add an additional teaspoon of ghee (this is optional but recommended). Cover the pan with a lid for 1 minute.
  12. Turn off the flame. Serve hot upma with tea or coffee. Enjoy!

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Chopped onions, chopped green chillies and curry leaves Roast 1 cup of clean and dry rawa on medium heat until it becomes crunchy.Add 2 teaspoons oil or ghee (clarified butter). Heat it, add mustard seeds and green chillies.Add chopped onions and stir for 1 minute.
Chopped onions, chopped green chillies and curry leaves
Chopped onions, chopped green chillies and curry leaves
Roast 1 cup of clean and dry rawa on medium heat until it becomes crunchy.
Roast 1 cup of clean and dry rawa on medium heat until it becomes crunchy.
Add 2 teaspoons oil or ghee (clarified butter). Heat it, add mustard seeds and green chillies.
Add 2 teaspoons oil or ghee (clarified butter). Heat it, add mustard seeds and green chillies.
Add chopped onions and stir for 1 minute.
Add chopped onions and stir for 1 minute.

Notes

  • Pour the water in a slow stream with one hand and constantly stir it with the other. This helps prevent any lumps from forming.
  • You may add your favourite vegetables like carrots, beans, or peas.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100gm
Calories 209
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 38 g13%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 158 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2020 Supriyasharma

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    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      7 weeks ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for trying @Aarti

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      Aarti 

      7 weeks ago

      Tried this healthy breakfast.. Thanks!

    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      2 months ago from Malaysia

      Thank you @pooja for your appreciation

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      Pooja 

      2 months ago

      Wow amazing breakfast.. Enjoyed it!

    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      2 months ago from Malaysia

      @ankesh yes quite easy.. Thanks!

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      Ankesh Singh 

      2 months ago from Kuala Lumpur

      So easy and healthy breakfast.. Thanks for posting!

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