Plain Upma / Plain Suji Upma / Plain Rava Upma

Plain Upma is a traditional south Indian breakfast recipe made from semolina. It has very light and fluffy texture and normally served with any type of pickle / chutney. It is a great breakfast option if you are in a hurry and don’t have much time to cut vegetables. In addition with veggies, it’ll turn to vegetable upma. So simple & easy recipe it is and can be made quickly with some of most easily available ingredients. It can be served as breakfast / snack as well.

Below is the step by step method of preparation to make a healthy plain upma.

Preparation Time : 15 mins      |      Cooking Time : 15 mins 

Ingredients : 




Semolina (suji) 1 cup
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Urad dal 1 tsp
Channa dal  1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Green chilies as needed
Curry leaves 1 spring
Onion (medium) 1 no.
Ginger (chopped) 1/2 tsp
Oil 2 tbsp
Water  2 & 1/2 cup
Salt as needed


Method :

  1. Chop 1 medium sized onion, green chilies & keep aside.
  2. Heat a pan, dry roast the semolina till it turns golden brown or get the aroma & keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a thick bottom pan. Reduce the flame to low & add mustard seeds. Then add channa dal, urad dal and cumin seeds when mustard seeds begin to splutter. Fry till dals turn golden-brown.
  4. Add chopped green chillies, curry leaves, ginger and chopped onions & fry for 1 minute. 
  5. Now add water to this mixture & then salt as needed. Stir well.
  6. On a medium to high flame, heat the water and let it come to a rolling boiling. When the water comes to a rolling boil, lower the flame. Then add semolina gradually with one hand and keep stirring with your other hand.
  7. It will splutter a lot, so be careful. Mix well & the rava grains absorb water and thus swell and get cooked.
  8. Cover and allow the rava upma to steam for 2 minutes on the low flame.
  9. Then switch off the flame & the rava upma is ready to serve !

Notes :

  • ​Do not mix the semolina too many times after adding. The reason is that the upma will become sticky.
  • Lemon juice can be used at the end to give a tangy flavor of the upma.
  • You can add finely chopped carrots along with onions.
  • This is very basic recipe of upma. If any vegetables are added, then it becomesvegetable upma

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