Upma is one of the easiest and quick-fix breakfast. It is a tradional South Indian dish. It is prepared with roasted sooji (rava or semolina) along with a few spices. I tried to keep this recipe as simple as possible. I have shared a separate recipe for vegetable upma, that is a must try too.

Also try: Vegetable Upma or Seviyan Upma/Vermicelli.

Course: Breakfast or Main Course

Cuisine: South Indian

Time: Preparation – 5 mins, Cooking –  15 mins, Total – 20 mins

Servings: 2


  1. Sooji (Rava or Semolina) – 1/2 cup (roasted)
  2. Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
  3. Green Chilli – 1-2 (finely chopped)
  4. Ginger – 1/2 inch (grated or finely chopped)
  5. Black Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  6. Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  7. Urad Dal (skinned and split black gram) – 1/2 tsp
  8. Chana Dal (skinned and split bengal gram) – 1/2 tsp
  9. Curry Leaves – 6-7
  10. Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp
  11. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  12. Water – 1.5 cup
  13. Ghee (Clarified Butter) or Oil – 2 tbsp
  14. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Upma:

  1. Heat oil in a pan or a kadai. Add black mustard seeds. Let it splutter
  2. Add cumin seeds, chana dal and urad dal. Saute till dal is a little brown
  3. Add onions, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute till onions are light brown
  4. Add water and bring it boil
  5. Turn the flame to low and add roasted sooji in portions. Keep stirring so that no lumps are formed
  6. Add salt and mix. Sooji will absorb the water
  7. Now cover and cook for 2-3 mins, water will be completely absorbed at this stage
  8. Turn off the flame. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well
  9. Your Upma is ready. Serve hot.



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