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Wheat Rawa which I am posting today is Roasted upma Sooji that is widely available here.  This is also known as kathak rawa which is different quality of wheat.  This looks like cross between white rawa(sooji or semolina) and wheat rawa.  But the cooking method is exactly same like wheat rawa.  This tastes great for upmas, pulao or pilafs, Biriyanis.  When cooked this comes so fluffy with grains seperated.  This is a wholesome meal with lots of veggies.  The little spices make this so aromatic.  It can be had with any kind of raita but I usually make with Eggplant raita which tastes so so delicious.. This is a wonderful combo and makes a hearty comforting meal.  If you’re not having this kind of rawa you can do this with normal wheat rawa or broken wheat which tastes equally good. Other than  Upma I do make Wheat Rawa Briyani just take a look here which I have posted long back. 




Broken wheat or Wheat Rawa - 1cup
Mixed vegetables - 1 1/2 cup chopped to equal size (carrots, peas, potato, beans, and corn)
Onions - 1 cup finely chopped
Tomato - 1/4 cup (optional) If you like the flavor of lemon you can add instead of Tomato, if you’re adding lemon then add 1/2 tsp at the end
Ginger+ Garlic - 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Coriander leaves - 1/4cup chopped
Salt - as Required
Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon 1" stick
Jeera - 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Cashews few (optional)
Ghee for frying cashews
Water - 2 1/4 (the amount of water depends on the size of rawa and variety you are using; as this is roasted upma sooji which is Kathak rawa this requires 2 1/4 water, if using regular samba wheat rawa use 2 1/2 cups of water).


1. Heat oil in a pan; add the tempering ingredients like cinnamon, bay leaf, Jeera one by one.

2. Next add the Onions and ginger sauté until the onions are translucent. If you are adding Tomato add at this stage.
3. Add the mixed vegetables.

4. Add all the powders, Turmeric, Hing sauté well for a 2 min or so.

5.Add water and bring to a boil. 

6. Add Salt, Now reduce the flame to medium add the Rawa; cook till the wheat has absorbed all the water and the vegetables are cooked well. If you are adding Lemon juice add in this stage.
7.  Fry the cashew in the ghee. Garnish with coriander and fried Cashews. 

Eggplant Raita 

Small Eggplant - 5 or 6 diced into small cubes. (If you are using big eggplant just 1 is enough)
Onions - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Green chillies - 3 sliced
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Tumericpowder - 1/4 tsp
Chilled yogurt - 1 1/2cup

For Tadka:

Mustard seeds 1/2tsp
Jeera seeds 1/2tsp
Chilli powder 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder 1/4tsp
Oil for eggplant and tadka - 1/2 tsp 



1. In a glass bowl, add oil, turmeric powder and the chopped eggplant. 

2. Microwave for 5 minutes or until the eggplant is soft or cooked.
3. Remove and keep in a serving dish. Let it cool.
4. Add the chopped salt, onions, coriander leaves, and green chillies and mix well. Keep aside for 1/2hr. 

5. Before serving, add the chilled yogurt, more salt if needed and the tadka/tempering.
6.Heat 1/4 tsp of oil add mustard, jeera, coriander powder and Red chilli powder.. add this to the yogurt mixture.

Serve with hot rotis, pulao, or Kichidis....

Nandita SS  – (February 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM)  

Oh pavthra!!! The rawa pilaf looks awesome. I just loved the way you've photographed it :)

Suji  – (February 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM)  

Wheat rava upma is something which i go wrong with all the time. I will definitely try your version pavi...

Sushma Mallya  – (February 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM)  

Beautifully captured...loved the raita and the wheat rava pilaf looks amazing:)

Unknown  – (February 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM)  

love all ur pics....eggplant raita looks awesome!...the upma looks delish...good combo!

Calibe'nin Mutfağı  – (February 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM)  

Hello, What a wonderful presentation !!!!Can you tell me please ,What kind of camera you have?
Many greetings from Germany

Vatsala.  – (February 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM)  

Loved the way of presentation......and dishes too!
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Unknown  – (February 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM)  

Crisp pictures, luv them. Brinjal raita sounds new to me...healthy n tasty pilaf

aipi  – (February 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM)  

Perfect for a healthy n filling lunch!
Fantastic clicks..

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Umm Mymoonah  – (February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM)  

Healthy plate of pilaf, looks very yummy.

chef and her kitchen  – (February 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM)  

we call this rava as bansi rava and v prefer this rawa than the regular white rawa..My brother makes excellent version of upma almost similar 2 pilaf wid dis rava....I shallow fry or bake my eggplant 4 d raita,ur version sounds simple....the combination looks nice..

Nithya  – (February 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM)  

I'm not a fan of upmas of anykind but your raitha is really interesting and would make the upma appealing too :) Nice combi :)

Pavithra Elangovan  – (February 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM)  

@ Cali Thanks for your lovely the way I use Canon Rebel Xsi.
@ Prathiba as u said in Bangalore side it is Bansi Rawa but actually Bansi is the name of the Brand.. We get so many Bansi products here. Its a special wheat product from India and in tamil nadu side is called as kathak rawa.

Hamaree Rasoi  – (February 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM)  

Your style of photography rocks dear....never tasted this raita but looks tempting

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kitchen queen  – (February 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM)  

lovely delicious and droolworthy wheat rawa pilaf and brinjal raita make an excellent combo and the clicks r very beautiful.

turmericnspice  – (February 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM)  

i have fallen for your eggplant raita...awesome !! i just love eggplant and can eat it 24/7. great step by step pix of the recipe

Priya Suresh  – (February 22, 2011 at 12:22 PM)  

Woww thats a healthy pulao and delicious creamy raita, inviting dishes..

Priya dharshini  – (February 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM)  

I have tried similar upma with samba kothumai,its tastes yumm,Sure,its a healthy eating with all the veggies and wheat...Awesome clicks,pavi...

swapna  – (February 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM)  

Love the pilaf and eggplant raita...beautiful photos!!

Anonymous –   – (February 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM)  

Great process photos and post!

Anu Nandu  – (February 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM)  

Pavi - I do make this wheat rava upma for my lunch many many times and when I'm in the mood I add all veggies like you - or else only onions. Love the eggplant raitha. I like to eat my upma with just coconut chutney and the last few bites with sugar! LOL!

Unknown  – (February 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM)  

Beautiful presentation dear. Love them as always.

Madhavi  – (February 22, 2011 at 2:55 PM)  

Love wheat pilaf, super and will surly try your eggplant raita!!

divya  – (February 22, 2011 at 3:04 PM)  

Pavithra, seriously u r killing me with ur clicks,loved the raita and the wheat rava pilaf looks amazing.truly irresistible..

JishasKitchen  – (February 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM)  

wow..delicious pulao...and eggplant raita looks very very yummy...definitely gonna try this..

Satrupa  – (February 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM)  

A wholesome meal ..... love d clicks !!

Smitha  – (February 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM)  

Love the pics !! Nice combo,looks so tempting !!

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (February 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM)  

we make upma out of this. excellent click and nice stepwise explanations.the pachadi also looks great.will try that soon

Mahi  – (February 22, 2011 at 9:21 PM)  

egg plant raita is a new recipe to me! pilaf looks yummy!

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (February 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM)  

Looks lovely and I make it the same way but name it as wheat rawa biriyani

Rekha shoban  – (February 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM)  

wow!!!looks creammmy and yummmy! beautiful presentation!!

Rajani  – (February 22, 2011 at 11:58 PM)  

Just rightly done,wow,and great presentation as always.

Raks  – (February 23, 2011 at 12:34 AM)  

Pulao with wheat rava is new to me,sounds like a good idea and also love the eggplant raita!

Gayathri Kumar  – (February 23, 2011 at 1:20 AM)  

Eggplant raitha is so nice and it is bookmarked..

Indian Khana  – (February 23, 2011 at 1:51 AM)  

I was thinking how you you didn't blog for few days...gud to see you post and hope all well....I make something similar too ...will try ur version looks delish

Shama Nagarajan  – (February 23, 2011 at 1:57 AM)  

delicious drooling pulao..different eggplant raitha

Karishma  – (February 23, 2011 at 2:25 AM)  

How did you manage to take so many step by step photos?! I especially loved the ones with all the cut vegetables stacked up in the lil plastic boxes :-) Great photography, Pavithra! I will be trying out the brinjal raitha for sure...thanks!

RMM  – (February 23, 2011 at 2:43 AM)  

Wow...Ur pics r so delicious ;)Reny.

sanjeeta kk  – (February 23, 2011 at 2:45 AM)  

What a lovely picturesque post, Pavi! I salute your patience for taking so many pictures to make a single post. The pilaf look delicious.

Aruna Manikandan  – (February 23, 2011 at 3:55 AM)  

delicious combo dear...
lovely clicks :)

Suman Singh  – (February 23, 2011 at 5:09 AM)  

wow, that looks so healthy and the egg plant raita..something new to try..thanks for sharing the recipe! lovely pics too!

Ramya  – (February 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM)  

Wow wow..Thatz soo fabulous..Wheat pilaf looks soo yummy and spicy.
Would love to try the eggplant raita...Bookmarked..!!

GEETHA ACHAL  – (February 23, 2011 at 8:32 AM)  

அப்பாடா...எப்படி பவி...இவ்வளவு பொறுமையாக ஒவ்வொரு படங்களும் எடுத்திங்க...

அருமையான பதிவு..

என்னுடைய North Indian தோழி அடிக்கடி செய்யும் பச்சடி இது...என்னுடைய் பேவரட்யும் கூட இப்பொழுது...பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி...

Tina  – (February 23, 2011 at 8:44 AM)  

tempting n beautiful clicks dear.....

Panchpakwan  – (February 23, 2011 at 8:50 AM)  

Looks delicious meal..Loved the presentation and step by step pics.

Sarah Naveen  – (February 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM)  

Excellent pictures Pavithra....
Nice recipe..looks so delicious..yumm!!!

Charitha  – (February 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM)  

excellent ,no words for this wounderful presentation..looks yummy..

i like your photography..looks like professional photographer...

Rama  – (February 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM)  

Wow what a real healthy dish with wheat. I am stunned by your presentation. You rock as always.

PJ  – (February 23, 2011 at 11:47 PM)  

yumm.. this really looks like couscous. i am sure couscous would work well too here. a good quick recipe to have for weeknight dinner!

Sweet Artichoke  – (February 24, 2011 at 6:57 AM)  

Waow, both dishes looks yummilicious!
Your pictures are beautiful!

Eat2live2travel  – (February 24, 2011 at 1:47 PM)  

Too good...the best photograph and presentation of Rawa I have ever seen...lovely!!!!

Abhilash  – (February 25, 2011 at 4:30 AM)  

this was one among the best presentations I have seen.Very neatly and simply presented. Appeared as if it was happening in front.

A good work and the recipe well understood.

Anonymous –   – (October 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM)  

wow love your pictures... they are soo beautiful... makes both dishes look extra delicious... will try them out

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