Upma Recipe
(Rava or Sooji Upma)

Upma is a veteran & very delicious Indian breakfast dish. It is mostly prepared in the Southern Region of India. 

The term UPMA is derived from the south Indian vocabulary like uppumavu, uppittu and uppindi.
Alongside being delicious, sooji upma is also a healthy dish. It is a good source of protein and fiber.

Upma recipe is among the easiest and quickest breakfast dishes that can be prepared within 10-15 minutes.

Upma is prepared with semolina, onion, ghee, fresh vegetables, and spices. It is necessary to roast sooji properly to get fluffy and nonsticky upma.
In my upma recipe, I have also added dals like moong and urad. It not only enhances the taste but also adds nutritious value to it.

Another ingredient making my recipe taste different is curd. Let’s learn how to make this delicious dish at your home with these easy step by step recipes.

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  • Sooji – ½ cup(125 ml)
  • Water – 2 cup(480 ml)
  • Ghee – 2 tablespoon (You can also use oil with same quantity instead of Ghee)
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Onion, chopped – 1 Piece (Optional)
  • Black Pepper Powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Red Chili Powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Green Chili, chopped – 1 teaspoon
  • Carrot, chopped – 1 tablespoon
  • Capsicum, chopped – 1 tablespoon
  • Potato, chopped – 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato, chopped – 1 tablespoon
  • Roasted Peanut, coarsely crushed – 1 tablespoon
  • Curry Leaves(Meetha Neem), chopped – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander Leaves, chopped – 1 tablespoon
  • Moong Dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds(Rai) – 1 teaspoon
  • Curd – 1 tablespoon
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How to make Sooji or Rava Upma

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       Dry Roast Sooji

  • Dry roast sooji in a pan on low flame till it becomes golden.
  • Keep stirring continuously till it changes color.
  • Transfer this roasted sooji to another bowl set aside to cool.
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       Preparing Upma

  • Take another pan and place it on gas. Pour ghee in it.
  • When ghee becomes warm, pour rai, curry leaves, and moong and urad dal.
  • After roasting, add potato, capsicum, onion, green chili, and carrot and fry till the potato gets a light golden color.
  • Pour tomato, black pepper powder, red chili powder, and roasted peanuts. Cook till the tomato gets mushy.
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  • Pour roasted sooji in the above mixture and stir for one minute.
  • After that, pour water in it and stir constantly to avoid lumps till the mixture becomes thick and consistent.
  • Pour curd and mix it well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Switch off the flame.
  • Spread 2 teaspoons ghee over upma and cover it for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish the upma with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot delicious upma with tomato ketchup and coconut chutney.

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    Upma Recipe Tips

    which add magic to your recipe!!!

    Tip 1

    We have to lightly roast the sooji. Do not roast the sooji too much as it will become brown and make the sooji bitter in taste.

    Tip 2

    Mix sooji with vegetables before pouring water to prevent lumps.

    Tip 3

    If you eat onion, you may add onion along with vegetables.

    Tip 4

    Adding curd in upma, increases its taste.

    Tip 5

    If we sprinkle ghee over upma at the time of serving, it adds-on to the taste.

    Tip 6

    Vegetables should be chopped finely otherwise they will not cook well.

    Tip 7

    To save time, you can roast sooji in advance and store it in an airtight container. You can then use this sooji at the time of preparing upma.

    Tip 8

    Upma absorbs water quickly and tends to dry out too so turn off the flame when the mixture is slightly running.

    Tip 9

    When water is added to sooji, then bubbles will be created and they will come out of the pan, so be very careful. It is advised to use a pan with a long handle.
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