Rava Upma

Posted in : Snacks/Breakfast on by : Simmi Iyer

  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 cup Fine Rava
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 10-15 Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 8-10 Cashew Nuts (Halved)
  • 1/2 cup Onion (Chopped)
  • 2 tsp Green Chilli (Chopped)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (Grated)
  • 1/4 cup carrot (Chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Peas
  • 2.5 cup Hot water
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander (Chopped)


  • Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan.
  • Add rava and fry until turns slightly brown.
  • Remove the roasted rava on a plate and keep aside.
  • Heat the remaining ghee in the same pan.
  • Once the ghee is hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad dal, chana dal and cashew nuts and fry until they turn slightly browned.
  • Add onion, green chilli and ginger and fry until onion turns pinkish in colour.
  • Add carrots and peas and cook on high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add hot water, salt, sugar and lemon juice and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the roasted rava and mix well.
  • Cover the pan and simmer the heat to low.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes on low heat until rava absorbed the water and is cooked.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let the upma rest for 4-5 minutes.
  • Fluff it with a soon and serve hot.


  • Make sure that you roast the rava well before you make Upma.
  • You can roast the rava in bulk and keep using it as required. It makes the process of making it much faster.
  • Always roast the semolina on medium heat. High heat can burn it very quickly.
  • Use ghee for roasting rava.
  • Do add chana dal, urad dal, and cashew while making Upma because they grant a great texture to this soft snack.
  • Secondly, the fresher the veggies, the tastier your Upma will turn out. You can add your choice of vegetables. In the below recipe I have added only peas and carrots but feel free to add corn, beans, cauliflower, etc.
  • Stir continuously once you mix all the ingredients up because we do not want any lumps to remain in the Upma.
  • Water to Suji ratio is very important, so keep that in mind.
rava Upma served in a bowl.

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