Upma recipe


Upma is a breakfast dish from the Indian subcontinent, most common in South India. We can either use dry roasted semolina (rawa) or coarse rice flour. Vegetables are added as per individual preference. I prefer adding only onion and tomato in the upma. So now let’s look at the ingredients required for making the upma along with the recipe for making it.


  1. Dry roasted rawa – 1 cup
  2. Onion, finely chopped – 1 small sized
  3. Tomato, finely chopped – 1 small sized
  4. Dry red chilly/ green chilly (either finely chopped or chopped in long, half pieces)  – 1
  5. Curry leaves – 4 to 5
  6. Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Urad daal – 1 teaspoon
  9. Groundnut – 5 to 7
  10. Salt – as per taste
  11. Red chilly – personal preference
  12. Water – 3 cups
  13. Coriander for garnishing

upma recipe ingredients


upma recipe ingredients


  1. In a saucepan, dry roast the rawa slightly.
  2. Remove the rawa. Add 1 tablespoon oil in the pan.
  3. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Wait for the mustard seeds to splutter. upma recipe mustard cumin seeds
  4. Add the groundnut and let it cook for 1 minute.upma recipe groundnut
  5. Now, add the urad dal and finely chopped onion together. Saute the onion till they become golden brown.upma recipe onion urad daal
  6. Add the curry leaves and the dry red chilly/green chilly.
  7. Now add the tomatoes with a pinch of salt because I like my tomatoes little overcooked and mushy. Cooking with a little bit of salt helps.upma recipe tomato red chilli curry leaves
  8. After the tomatoes are cooked, add salt and a pinch of red chilly (only if you want).
  9. Mix well. Add water. Bring the water to a boil.upma recipe water boil
  10. Now add the semolina (rawa), mixing fast to make sure that there are no lumps.
  11. The upma is cooked when all the water gets absorbed by the rawa. upma recipe upma
  12. Add finely chopped coriander for garnishing.


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