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How to make Sooji Upma | Healthy Breakfast Upma Recipe


What is Upma?

Upma is a popular South Indian dish made from semolina (also known as sooji or rava). It is a quick-to-make dish that is often enjoyed as a breakfast or light meal. 


  • 1 cup semolina (sooji or rava)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 3-4 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


Step 1: Roasting Semolina/ Rava/ Sooji

  • Heat a pan on medium heat and dry roast semolina until it becomes slightly golden. Stir continuously to avoid burning. Once done, set it aside. ( You can also use ready made roasted sooji/ rava and avoid this step)


Step 2: Preparing Vegetables

  • In the same pan, heat ghee or oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
  • Add finely chopped onions, green chilies, and grated ginger. Sauté until the onions become translucent.


Step 3: Adding Vegetables

  • Add chopped carrots, green peas and Saute for a few minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.


Step 4: Cooking Upma

  • Lower the heat and gradually add the roasted sooji/ rava to the pan while continuously stirring to avoid lumps.
  • Mix well to coat the semolina with the vegetables.


Step 5: Add Water and Spices

  • Boil 3 cups of water separately.
  • Slowly add the boiling water to the semolina mixture, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder (if using), and salt to taste.
  • Cover the pan and simmer on low heat until the upma is cooked and reaches consistency. Stir occasionally.


Step 6: Garnishing and Serving

  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot upma with pickle or peanut powder


Enjoy Upma, a classic South Indian comfort & healthy dish!


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