Instant Sooji / Rava Upma Mix (Ready-To-Cook Semolina Upma)

Perfectly ready-to-cook mixture to make south Indian Rava Upma instantly which is perfect for bachelors, students and even when there is no mood to cook.

Ready to cook dishes are always a super choice when someone is in hurry or even not in a mood to cook elaborately or there is a sudden hunger pangs. Although these days the super markets are flooded with these kind of INSTANT mixes from various food companies, still those are loaded with preservatives. Instead of that, if one can make such kind of mix at home using some easily available ingredients and that too can keep them perfectly to use later, then those mix could be a great help. Just mix or boil and enjoy the simple, easy and delicious food ! 

Today’s recipe is something like that Ready-To-Make. And it is Instant Sooji Upma Mix. Particularly for bachelors, college students or even for us those don’t have mood to cook or nothing at home to cook or in busy morning, these are quite perfect option. Plus thing here is, once the mix is ready then one can make in gas stove, microwave and even in a mug.

The Ingredients for the Instant Sooji Upma Mix :

  • Semolina / sooji / rava is the main ingredient. Among all the varieties of semolina, I have used Bombay rava which gives a best texture to the upma. Also some roasted sooji can be used here. And then there is no need of roasting the semolina after adding to the tempering. 
  • For slight crunchiness urad dal, chana dal, cashew, peanuts are used. I have not used urad dal and peanuts here.
  • For tempering, cumin seeds, mustard seeds along with green chili and curry leaves are opted here.
  • For a lovely color of the upma one can use turmeric powder, but is optional.
  • Lemon juice is added to give a slight tangy taste to the upma, still can be omitted. 
  • Salt one can add to the mix or can be skipped. But while preparing the upma, salt has to be added then to the boiling water. 
  • Oil is used here to fry everything. Ghee can be used if want. I have used oil to keep it vegan completely.

How to prepare this Ready to make Upma Mix ?

Over low-medium heat, first the chana dal, peanuts, cashew and urad dal are roasted till light brown in color. Then for the tempering part cumin seeds, mustard seeds along with green chili, curry leaves are added and saute till crisp. Here one thing to keep in mind that there should not be any moisture in the green chilies and curry leaves. Then turmeric powder and semolina is added and roasted over low heat till raw smell of the sooji / semolina goes away and its color changes slightly. Finally lemon juice is mixed up and the whole mixture is allowed to cool down completely. The mixture is then kept in any air-tight container or zip lock bag and finally stored in refrigerator to use whenever needed.

Preparing Upma using this Instant mix 👆 :

These type of ready-to-make mix are super handy and perfect to make a dish instantly whenever needed. For breakfast / snack this upma mix is a great option. Just add some boiling water and upma is ready to go. The water to upma mix ratio is 2 : 1 to get a grainy texture in the upma. Else use 2.5 : 1 ratio, 3:1 ratio. I prefer to use 2 :1 ratio for my upma.

  • In stove top : Boil 2 cup of water in a pan, add salt if the upma mix has no salt in it, then add 1 cup of the Instant upma mix, give a nice stir and allow to cook by covering the pan for 1-2 minutes. Then fluff and serve.
  • In mug : Fill upma mix till half of the cup and the pour boiling water till full. Cover and keep aside for 1-2 minutes. It is ready to serve.
  • In microwave : Take 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of instant upma mix in a microwave safe container, mix well. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. Fluff and serve.

Few vegetables like carrots, cabbage, beans, frozen corn, green peas etc can be added to make a vegetable upma using this instant mix. Just all the vegetables here have to be either shredded or grated well. Add to the water before boiling and then add instant upma mix. This upma mix can be kept at room temperature too, but I will recommend to keep in refrigerator for few long time either in zip log bag / air-tight container. 

Some semolina based recipes from the blog :

Stuffed Savory Paniyaram (INSTANT appe) 

Aamras Tart  

Instant Veggie Quinoa Mini Idli  

Egg-free Basbousa | Egg-free Semolina Cake   

The event related to this post :

Well this time our fortnight foodie group named as Healthy Wellthy Cuisines is decided to select 85th theme : ‘Time for Semolina‘ and is suggested by Swaty. I love her recent baked dish which is 4 mug cakes varieties, do check her many more culinary expertise. Well coming back to theme, she suggested to make any dishes using semolina aka sooji / rava, So I have come up with this Instant Sooji / Rava Upma Mix.  Here are some similar recipes shared by our Healthy Wealthy Group members as Dry Fruit and Seeds Kesari Bhat by Preethi Prasad, Cheesy Sooji Semolina Bites by Swaty, Sooji Upma by Shalu di, Eggless Sooji/Rava Malai Cake by Sujata Roy, Ragi Rava Dosa with Dill Leaves by Vanitha di.

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Instant Sooji / Rava Upma Mix (Ready-To-Cook Semolina Upma)

Instant Sooji / Rava Upma Mix (Ready-To-Cook Semolina Upma)


Prep time: 5 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 20 M

Perfectly ready-to-cook mixture to make south Indian Rava Upma instantly which is perfect for bachelors, students and even when there is no mood to cook.


  • Semolina 1 cup
  • Chana dal (split bengal gram) 1 tbsp
  • Cashew 5-6 no.
  • Mustard seed 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seed 1/2 tsp
  • Green chili (chopped) 1-2 no.
  • Curry leaf 1 sprig
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • lemon juice 1.5 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Oil 2 tbsp


  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add chana dal, cashew and fry till light brown in color.
  3. Put in mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  4. Next add chopped green chilies, curry leaves and again saute till crisp (no moisture should be there).
  5. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Finally add semolina / sooji and salt.
  7. Mix well first and then continue to roast over low heat for 10-12 minutes or till raw smell of the sooji goes away and its color changes slightly.
  8. Then add lemon juice and give a quick mix.
  9. Turn off heat and allow the upma mix to cool down completely.
  10. Store this mix in any air-tight container or zip lock bag in refrigerator to use later !


Urad dal (Black gram) (around 1 tsp) can be added along with chana dal. I have not added.
Make sure not to fry the semolina over high heat, that results into a burnt semolina / rava.
Adjust the chilies as per spicy desired.
Easily these can be refrigerated in an airtight container / zip lock bag for 2-3 months.
Few peanuts can be added along with cashew if want.

Semolina, Sooji, Vegan food, Instant Food

Ready to make mixture, Vegan Snack, Upma, Rava Upma, Breakfast, Snack

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  1. Swati

    You are so right.. So handy mix not only for bachelors and kids living in hostels but also for homemakers to make quick morning breakfast or light dinner when not in mood to cook anything else and something quick. Bookmarking it!!

  2. preethi'scuisine

    Instant Upma mix is absolutely handy as you rightly said. Works best for breakfast or lunch or dinner or even when we have no mood to cook or running late from work.

  3. Bless My Food by PAYAL
    Bless My Food by PAYAL

    This is interesting to have a premix of upma which cuts short the time in making upma on the spot. Worth trying recipe.

  4. Sujata Roy

    Fantastic share Sasmita. Upma mix is a great way to make quick breakfast. Perfect for this difficult time. I will try it for sure.

  5. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen
    Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Love the instant mix, it is such a stress reliever on days you have to make something quick! Love the wonderful texture of the upma!

  6. Archana

    Sounds like a great idea! It will make an excellent option for busy days.

  7. Lata Lala

    That's a fabulous way to use premix to make upma. This is such a time saver and handy way to do it.

  8. Vandana

    Great idea. I remember one of my college friends used to bring this to hostel after every college break. Your post has reminded me of that.I will also make it.Very handy for busy mornings.

  9. Vanitha

    A total boon for office goers and bacheors day and why, a boon for us busy homemakers too! Love the beautiful and tempting shots dear! Awesome share!

  10. Mayuri Patel

    This is a wonderful idea for all those busy mums, bachelors and basically working people. A quick and healthy breakfast ready in a jiffy. Like the idea that even students can make it in a mug. Great recipe Sasmita.

  11. Uma Srinivas

    Upma mix sounds interesting. I never made my own upma mix. This will be perfect at the time of travelling.

  12. mildly indian

    My husband used to travel often and this is one recipe I always send with him. A quick dunk in hot water and he has a simple mal to have on he go and avoid the crazy time shifts. I am glad to see these images, he may like to see this better than my ziplock ones

  13. jayashree

    It is so handy to have this upma mix, especially for youngsters who stay away from home. Useful post Sasmita

  14. Hayley

    During my uni days mum always brought a jar of this mix for me, so I can have Instant upma for my breakfast. Such a great idea.

  15. cookingwithsapana

    I love this instant rava upma mix. It saves a lot of time on busy mornings to make a quick fix breakfast.

  16. Anshu

    Wow such a useful post; rightly said, this premix Would be such a breeze for working mothers who are short of time and want to give somethick healthy yet quick to their kids.

  17. Unknown

    This upma mix is such a relief for all those busy mornings and light dinners.Superb share dear. Beautiful pics!!

  18. Shalu

    Superbbb make dear.

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