Monday, August 29, 2011

Sooji Upma | Rava Uppittu | Uppindi

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After two and half years of blogging I am posting a simple upma recipe which sounded bit funny to me,but its always better to be late than never.I have realized recently that I have only kharabath recipe in my blog and I never posted basic upma recipe.If you think that making upma is easy then you are absolutely wrong,making upma is easy but making a good non-sticky tasty upma is an art.
I remember we used to call Upma as 'Concrete' during our childhood might be because of its texture and is not liked by many.As a kid I never used to like upma and of course I did not touch it for 21 years and my mom always had to make something else for me as I never used to eat upma.But things change and now I have realized that making upma is so easy,quick and convenient dish and when it is made properly one can enjoy piping hot simple upma like a gourmet meal.I got to know few tips and techniques over experience to make tasty upma and now I can say I thoroughly enjoy upma either as a quick breakfast or dinner.This post might sound silly for my blogger friends,but let me tell you that this recipe is aimed only for beginners in cooking and also for bachelors who looks for simple n yummy recipes.

Sooji Upma Recipe:
(serves 2)


1 cup Sooji/Rawa
2 medium Onions,sliced
3-4 Green chillies,slit
1/4 cup grated fresh Coconut
2 tbsp chopped fresh Coriander
1/2" Ginger,chopped
a sprig of Curry leaves
8-10 Cashew nuts,broken
1 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tbsp Chana dal
2 tsp Urad dal
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2-3 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee
  • Dry roast rawa(sooji) in a kadai until the nice aroma starts from it.Remove it from the pan and let it cool.You can even roast rawa in a tsp of ghee which also gives a nice flavor to upma.
  • Heat oil in a thick aluminium kadai(which is ideal for making upma) or non-stick kadai and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Add chana dal,cashew nuts and urad dal and roast until they turn golden brown.
  • Add slit green chillies,chopped ginger and curry leaves and fry them until they wilt.
  • Add sliced onions and fry them until they are pink in color.
  • Mean while boil 3 cups of water(1c rawa:3c water) in another vessel until it reaches the boiling point.
  • Pour the hot boiling water into the upma kadai where onions are fried and let it boil again.
  • Add required amount of salt to it.
  • Now pour the rawa with one hand and keep stirring with another hand using a ladle,make sure you make this process very quickly otherwise you will end up having lumpy upma.
  • Once everything is mixed,keep the lid on and cook it on low flame for 2-3 mins.
  • Add ghee,coriander,grated coconut and lemon juice to it and mix well.
  • Cover it and let it sit for 4-5 mins before you serve.
Serve it hot with some boondi/chips/cucumber and coconut chutney.

  1. Roasting the rawa ensures that the upma will not become sticky,so do not skip this step.
  2. Boiling the water separately and adding it to upma is also another key step to get nice and soft upma.
  3. If you want the upma to be very soft add 1c rawa:3c water,if you want it bit dry then add it in the ratio of 1c rawa:2 1/2 c water.
  4. You can add extra ghee while serving it.
  5. For a vegan version avoid ghee in the recipe.
  1. You can add vegetables like finely chopped carrots,beans,capsicum,cabbage and fresh peas while frying onions to make it mixed vegetable upma.
  2. You can add fresh and tender avarekaalu while frying onions to make it avarekalu uppitu,do not miss to make this in avarekaalu season as it adds a very nice flavor to upma.
  3. Instead of regular sooji you can use bansi(kesar) rawa or lapsi(wheat rawa) and follow the same recipe.If using Lapsi add water in the ratio 1c rawa:2 1/2 c water.Bansi rava upma tastes very nice instead of regular rawa.


Suhaina said...

wow.this looks so yummy and colourful..nice recipe.

Hari Chandana P said...

Looks Delicious :)
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Sudha Sabarish said...

I luv upma's a lot.That too watever version it is.I used to add all the possi veggies.Pics are too good.

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

my favorite upma..looks yummy

Recipe world said...

Looks so colorful! Nice presentation too..

aipi said...

Such a classic ~ love how you presented it n I too like to eat it with some boondi or spicy mixture :D
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Unknown said...

Anytime comforting food...looks inviting and nice clicks too

Nisha said...

Nice Upma , liked all the tips

Indian Khana said...

I too add lemon juice but never tried coconut ..looks so yum n perfect

Radhika said...

Can't recognize this at all. Restaurant style presentation. Lovely.

Saritha said...

I can never make a perfect upma.I love the upma made my m-law,perfect and tasty....

Upma looks colourful....

Priya Suresh said...

Love with coconut chutney,one of my fav breakfast..

notyet100 said...

Drooling looking at clicks :)

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Had this for dinner yesterday really is a simple, quick dish..comes in very handy when you're not in mood for anything fancy..your upma looks perfectly made and beautifully presented

Reva said...

Simple delicious dish... reminds me of my wonderful hostel days..:)

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

upma is my all time fav, and esp rava upma i can have it any time. simple and comforting food

Raks said...

Rawa upma is my all time favorite, I can survive with this alone for weeks/months! Eating with boondi is new to me,will try next time!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Perfect looking upma !! The best part lies in it's simplicity ...comfort breakfast for me

Hamaree Rasoi

Shri said...

Looks yumm..Love the white version.

Prathima Rao said...

My most fav breakfast dish!!!I have always loved upma...Found it strange when people said they did like it!! Probably it was those homes that did not cook upma well...LOL!!! Anyways urs look so perfect...Better than my mom`s even..And her upma`s are the ultimate!!!
Prathima Rao
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Unknown said...

wow love this simple upma and presentation looks gr8!

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KrithisKitchen said...

Favorite tiffin item... simply yumm...
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Unknown said...

i love upma when it is piping hot and soft....yum!! love the clicks!

Unknown said...

Looks lovely and good version upma..

Swathi said...

Rava upma is savior when I need some thing to eat.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

This looks fantastic. Such a simple dish looks simply royal with a lovely presentation.

Deepthi Shankar said...

Such simp,e recipes always rock. I love a bowl of steaming hot upma. Nice recipe

Crumpled Chillies said...

just love the way your garnished it!

Shilpa said...

delicious recipe with green ingredient and can be sent my first event

parul chaturvedi bhardwaj said...

First of all i must compliment your blog! It is really one of my favorites! I love the recipes you have posted!
I tried the upma and it turned out awesome.
Will try your other recipes soon.

chef and her kitchen said...

Hi Parul,
Thanks for your lovely words..I am glad you liked it and I would look forward for your feedback for the other dishes.

Sush said...

I've been making uppittu for many years but they tasted the best with your recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I came across your blog looking for a good upma recipe and man it has turned out well. Thanks so much for the recipe!!


Unknown said...

one of the best and yummy recipes
Brkfast upma

Nimmi Maanu said...

Your recipe is superb and looking colorful..i like upma very reminds me the wonderful hostel days.i tried this recipe with Surabhi rawa. it came out very tasty. i think which is the Best Rava for Upma and also my husband likes it very much..

Nishtha said...

Hey!! Thank you so much... I made this as a quick dinner, and loved it!! Thank u soooo much for the non-stick tricks ;)

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