Quick Rava Upma

Breakfast as researchers suggest is the most important meal of the day. To stir- up a tasty and nutrition filled breakfast is at times a challenge. So here in this post I have shared a simple, nutritious and tasty recipe, ‘Rava Upma’. This famous South Indian breakfast item is also at times enjoyed as an evening snack! The best part of this recipe is when the semolina/rava is fried in ghee; the aroma that fills the air instigates in me a stronger appetite for the dish.

Quick Rava Upma


  • 1 cup Rava / Sooji (Semolina)
  • 25 gm fried Cashew Nuts
  • 1 inch Ginger chopped
  • 1 chopped Onion
  • 3 Green Chillies slit sideways or whole red chillies
  • 1 Potato chopped
  • 1 small Capsicum(optional)
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 1/4 cup Green Peas frozen or fresh
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder (optional)
  • Chilli powder to taste (optional)
  • 2 tblsp Oil
  • Few curry leaves
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • Lemon juice to taste


  • Sift rava through a muslin / cheese cloth or very fine sieve.
  • Heat 1tbsp. pure ghee / unsalted butter and fry rava, on a moderate heat, stirring constantly to light brown colour and set aside.
  • Now heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow them to splatter.
  • Add channa dal, urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves to it and fry till the lentils turn brownish in colour. Ensure not to burn them.
  • Add onion, ginger and green chillies (optional). Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add all the vegetables, turmeric & chilli powder (optional), and salt to taste.
  • Now add 3 cups of water and cover the pan and allow it simmer on low heat until the vegetables are done.
  • Add the fried rava to it stirring constantly till it becomes little thick.
  • Take off from the heat and add lemon juice if desired.
  • Serve hot garnished with fried cashews, raisins and coriander leaves.

Preparation Time: 25-30 minutes

Serves: 2-3

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