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Rava Upma

Rava Upma is a quick weekday breakfast or snack dish. It's takes you an average of 15-20 minutes to make it.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: dairy-free, Gluten-free, healthy, hearty, indian, simple recipe, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 515kcal
Author: Aakruti Mahendra


  • 1 cup Semolina "Bombay Rava" or Cream of Wheat
  • 1 medium sized Red Onion chopped
  • 1-2 nos Green chili chopped
  • 2-3 whole Dried red chilli
  • 6-7 nos curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • a pinch Asafetida or hing
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 6-7 cashew nuts roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or any cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro chopped for garnish
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat a non stick pan and add the rava. Roast it until it becomes fragrant and dry. Stir occasionally. Don't brown it. Remove it from heat and let it cool.
  • In the same pan heat ghee (or butter/ oil). Add mustard seeds. When they sputter, add cumin seeds. When they begin to sizzle, add urad and chana dal. Fry for another 30 seconds.
  • Now add hing and cashew nuts (if using peanuts, add them now as well). Fry them. Next add curry leaves, dried red chili and green chili.
  • Next add onions and cook until it turns pink and translucent. Then add ginger garlic paste and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • In a separate medium sized pot, boil 2.5 cups water and bring it to a boil.
  • To the onions, in the pan, add the roasted rava and salt and mix.
  • Next add the boiling water to the rava mixture in the pan.
  • Stir continuously to avoid any lumps. Once you get a uniform consistency, cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook.
  • Stir occasionally. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes or until the rava is cooked well.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro.
  • Enjoy with peanut chutney, cilantro chutney, tomato chutney, lime pickle or mango pickle!


The nutritional value is for 1 serving. Please keep in mind that the nutrition value is a rough estimate and can vary based on the product used.


Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 130mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5mg
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