August 18, 2023

Rava Upma Recipe | South Indian Style Upma | Uppittu | Suji Upma

Rava upma is an easy to make healthy Indian breakfast dish prepared with roasted rava, onion, coconut and a few tempering spices. The soft, moist and flavourful upma can be prepared in 20 minutes. The recipe I have shared here is South Indian style soft upma with coconut and ghee flavour. The ratio of rava and water is 1:3. Adding turmeric powder is optional but it gives vibrant yellow colour to the upma. 
The flavour and colour of upma is very inviting. 

It is a filling and satisfying delectable dish one can relish in the morning. This sooji upma is called as uppittu in Kannada. The rava roasted in little bit of ghee enhances the flavour and taste. Roasting the rava on medium flame until aromatic gives a good texture to the upma. The rava should not be roasted on high flame and it should not get burnt. To make upma, coarse Bombay rava is ideal which is slightly thicker than fine rava. Upma is made in different ways across the country. 

Upma made by adding veggies like green peas, beans, carrot, tomato, red chilli powder, some spices and spice powder is called as khara bhath. If tomato is added then it is called as tomato upma. In functions like marriage, upma is served for breakfast and can be prepared in large batches very quickly. Thus upma becomes a popular breakfast item in large functions also. If guests suddenly arrive, upma is one such thing that can be prepared quickly. Rava is also used to make laddu, kheer, halwa, sheera, satyanarayana mahaprasad, dosa, thalipeeth and idli. 

Rava Upma | Upma Recipe South Indian Style | Uppittu 

   Prep Time
10 Minutes
 Cook Time
20 Minutes

  • 1 Cup Rava / Suji / Semolina
  • 3 Tsp Ghee
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tsp  Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Urad Dal
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 2 Green Chilli, Chopped
  • 2 Tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice
  • 1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves, Chopped

  1. Heat a pan and add 1 tsp ghee.
  2. When the ghee melts add rava and roast until aromatic. Remove and keep it aside.
  3. In another pan heat 3 tbsp oil. 
  4. Add mustard seeds. 
  5. When they start spluttering, add urad dal, green chilli, curry leaves and grated ginger.
  6. Add onions saute till the onions turn translucent.
  7. Add 3 cups of water. The rava and water ratio is 1:3 
  8. Add grated coconut, sugar and salt. 
  9. Add turmeric powder. Mix Well.
  10. Squeeze 1/2 lemon. Mix Gently
  11. Bring it to boil.
  12. While boiling, add rava and mix gently. There should not be any lumps
  13. Cook covered for 3 mins.
  14. Add 2 tsp ghee, mix gently
  15. Add chopped coriander and mix.
  16. Enjoy rava upma