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RAWA UPMA (Semolina or Sooji)

Everything in my fridge was out of stock..except very common ingredients like tomato, chilli ginger and one carrot and frozen peas. And also felt very lazy to go for shopping yesterday..So I made upma which is always comforting dinner. Like hotels this is always an emergency and substitute item but very tasty one right!!!!!!! . Even when unexpected guest arrives idli batter and upma will be our first choice. So many credits goes to this upma. Here is the recipe for helping hand upma...

Ingredients :

Sooji(semolina) - 1 cup
Onion - 1 chopped medium cubes
Green chilli - 3 Slitted
Ginger - 1/2 inch chopped finely
Carrot and peas - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - few
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp or as required
Mustard - 2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tbsp
Channa dhal - 1 tbsp
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method :

1. Heat tbsp of ghee in the deep bottom vessel or in the frying pan.
2. Put the sooji and roast it for a while it has to be hot enough if u touch it. And aroma will increase and upma will not be sticky too when u do this procedure.
3. In another deep frying pan heat the oil and season with mustard and dhal.
4. When it turns to golden brown add the onion, green chilli, ginger, vegetables. saute slightly.
5. Add the water and check for salt.
6. When water comes to boil add the lemon juice and put to low flame.
7. Add the roasted rawa to the boiling water by stirring continuously. Adding rawa and stirring water should be done simultaneously otherwise lumps will be formed.
8. Blend well and close with a lid for some time and mix it.
9. Let it rest for 3 to 4 minutes in the low flame then put off the flame.
10. Mix well and serve with mango pickle or whichever you like. It will be heavenly.


1. Add rawa to water only when water comes to nice boiling point otherwise upma will be sticky.
2. Saute veggies for 2 minutes or so only then the color and cruchiness of vegetable will be maintained.
3. Do not add too less oil then upma will be so dry or sticky.
4. Lemon can be added according to ur sourness level.
5. I usually add more dhal for seasoning so that we can feel the crunchiness in every spoon.

Nithya Praveen  – (May 28, 2009 at 11:52 AM)  

Hmm wat do i say...looks wonderful.This has been my all time fav breakfast...aint this the best on easy and can be made so quickly.Nice click too:)

Padma  – (May 28, 2009 at 11:54 AM)  

Lovely upma...looks great Pavithra.. me too add lot of dhals for the crunchiness ... I know this sure is a handy dish and also a tasty one :)

Deepthi Shankar  – (May 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM)  

I love piping hot upma .. looks soo good

Anonymous –   – (May 28, 2009 at 2:41 PM)  

such a handy dish when nothing major is at home in the fridge.nice click

Parita  – (May 28, 2009 at 2:49 PM)  

Delicious upma..i too make in similar way..i love the pictures..need to learn a lot of photography from u:)

Mangala Bhat  – (May 28, 2009 at 3:13 PM)  

wow! looks wonderful ..nice clicks ..dear ..upama is my all time favs ,.but my hubby hates it .soo .i will pamper myself with this upama someimes ..thanks

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian)  – (May 28, 2009 at 3:25 PM)  

My fave breakfast item-I used to hate it as a kid though!!
Looks lovely:)

Nandinis food  – (May 28, 2009 at 3:37 PM)  

Lovely Upma! Our fav breakfast.......Quick and tasty dish!
Thanks for the tip Pavithra:)

Priya Suresh  – (May 28, 2009 at 3:42 PM)  

Our favourite breakfast...looks amazing awestuck to see ur wonderful presentation each and every post!!!U r rocking!

Pooja  – (May 28, 2009 at 4:10 PM)  

Love the look of the upma! Looks so delicious. Comforting food indded.

Vrinda  – (May 28, 2009 at 4:41 PM)  

My all time fav bfast..i like it without veggies..looks yummy..

Uma  – (May 28, 2009 at 4:54 PM)  

mmm. yummy upma! Easy and comforting breakfast :)

Unknown  – (May 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM)  

Very nice presentation..Not just regular upma..its a cover page Upma for a Recipe book.

kittymatti  – (May 28, 2009 at 8:41 PM)  

this picture reminds me of m paati's upma! IT looks great..

chef and her kitchen  – (May 28, 2009 at 9:22 PM)  

As a kid i never like upma pavitra,but after marriage i had to make this now n then and now i started liking this upma...Even i hv this post pending in my drafts..

Dhanya Ganesh  – (May 28, 2009 at 10:17 PM)  

I always enjoy viviting your blog. You make food look so inviting. Luved the Upma. Looks colorful and healthy:).

Lena Jayadev  – (May 28, 2009 at 10:31 PM)  

hai pavithra.. [:)]..
This upma s lovely...and as usual superb presentation..

Pooja  – (May 28, 2009 at 11:44 PM)  

Yummy upma..Love it pavithra..Handy breakfast..

Hari Chandana P  – (May 29, 2009 at 1:02 AM)  

lovely upma..looks very good..and nice pictures..:)

Raks  – (May 29, 2009 at 2:58 AM)  

I love this and will love this for ever!! Now also u hav tempted me to make tonight:)

Subhie Arun  – (May 29, 2009 at 4:53 AM)  

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Suparna  – (May 29, 2009 at 5:11 AM)  

Upma is so beautifully decked up! would love some right away!do think about giving some classes on presentation of food!u r damn good at it :)

Priyameena  – (May 29, 2009 at 8:14 AM)  

Upma looks awesome...Looks like wonderful comfort food .

lubnakarim06  – (May 29, 2009 at 9:53 AM)  

Wow a saving breakfast.....looks yum....When you run out of batter this comes as rescue.....Nice presentation.

Aparna Balasubramanian  – (May 29, 2009 at 10:04 AM)  

I know many people don't like uppuma, but this is one of my favourites. And like you say, its one of the first things that comes to mind in an emergency.

Shah cooks  – (May 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM)  

veggie upma is yummy.. wonderful easy meal.i like the tomato flavor too so i add that too .

ARUNA  – (June 1, 2009 at 12:36 AM)  

this is my favourite Pavithra......well ur pics top everything!!

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