Upma Recipe | How to make upma using rava | Sooji Upma Recipe – Vini’s

What is Upma Recipe?

Upma is a very popular South Indian recipe made using cream of wheat i.e. sooji / rava.   The crunch of lentils and freshness of lime and coriander makes upma recipe very delicious. Upma recipe is a healthy and quick recipe. Upma is a great breakfast option. Easy and quick to make and light on the belly!!

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Upma Recipe

Upma is made using semolina and some spices. Very basic ingredients are needed to make upma. To balance all the savory ones, little sugar is added. I have not added any vegetables. You may add carrot, french beans, green peas, coconut or any other veggies of your choice.


A very healthy, light and delicious semolina preparation – UPMA

Upma Recipe

Ingredients for Upma Recipe

  • 1 cup semolina (sooji/rava )
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp split bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 1 tsp split black gram (urad dal)
  • 10-12 cashews
  • 1 green chilli, slit and de-seeded
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste or grated ginger
  • 2 and ½ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar or as per taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful of chopped coriander

How to make Upma

1. Dry roast semolina

Heat a pan. Add 1 cup semolina. Cook on low flame, stirring constantly for 4-5 minutes, till semolina is aromatic and light golden.


2. Prepare tempering

Heat 2 tbsp ghee. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and few curry leaves. Let it crackle. Add 1 tsp chana dal and 1 tsp urad dal  Cook for 10-20 seconds. Add 10-12 cashew nuts. Cook for 30 seconds. Add 1 slit and de-seeded green chilli. Cook for 30 seconds.


3. Add ginger paste, onion and cook

Add 1 finely chopped onion and 1 tsp ginger paste. Cook till onions turn pink.


4. Add water and semolina and cook

Add 2 and ½ cups water. Let it simmer. Gradually add roasted semolina. Keep stirring. The flame should be low. Cover it and let it cook till semolina turns soft and the water is absorbed. It will take 3-4 minutes. Once it is done, switch off the flame.


5. Add garnishing

Add juice of 1 lemon and chopped coriander leaves. Mix everything.


6. Bon appétit

Serve  hot.



  • You can keep the roasted mix ready in an air tight container. The same can be used to make upma and instant rava idli.
  • You may also add fresh coconut for garnishing.
  • You may add peanuts too.
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  1. Sushila jaisinghani July 23, 2018

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