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Rava Upma recipe

Rava Upma recipe is a delicious South Indian breakfast recipe. It is so simple and so full of flavor. Making this upma is just a breeze.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword easy breakfast, south indian breakfast
Cook Time 15 minutes
resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 328kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 1 cup sooji / rawa / semolina
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 no whole dry red chili
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp chana dal soaked in water for sometime
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2.5 cups water


  • Heat ghee and oil in a kadai and add the mustard seeds.
  • Once the mustard seeds start to splutter, add the whole dry red chili, curry leaves, cashew nuts and chana dal. Fry till the cashew is lightly brown in color.
  • Add 2.5 cups of water and salt.
  • Once the water starts to boil, add the sooji gradually while stirring the water.
  • Lower the heat and wait for the water to dry up while stirring.
  • Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. (if using pans other than clay pot) Switch off the heat, remove the lid, give it a stir. Let it rest for 5 more minutes before serving.



  • Roast the sooji lightly for extra flavor and aroma.
  • You can add in any tempering that you prefer like peanuts, urad dal, etc.
  • Onion and vegetables can also be added for extra flavor.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.7g | Protein: 8.8g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 781mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 1.8g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3.2mg