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South Indian Rava Upma Recipe

How to Make Rava Upma Recipe with Step by Step photos and video. A Traditional and famous South Indian breakfast dish prepared with semolina or sooji, ginger and green chillies 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: authentic, easy breakfast, Indian breakfast, Indian Food, South Indian Food, Traditional
Servings: 2
Calories: 536kcal
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 1/2 cup Semolina / Sooji
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 2-3 tbsp Peanuts
  • 10 Cashews
  • 1-2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 inch piece Ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 Red Chilli (optional)
  • A Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Salt to taste


  • Dry roast the semolina or sooji on a low flame for about 5 minutes. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and peanuts. Saute until they are light brown color.
  • Add the cashew nuts, finely chopped green chillies, chopped ginger and red chilli and fry until brown color.
  • Add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped onion and saute until they are translucent.
  • Add water and salt and bring it to a rolling boil.
  • Slowly add the roasted rava or semolina and stir continuously to avoid any lumps. 
  • Mix it well.
  • Cover and cook over a medium-low flame for 3 - 5 minutes or until the rava gets cooked. 
  • Give it a mix and finally add the ghee.
  • Mix until well combined and serve hot.



Do not skip adding ginger, it gives a wonderful flavor and taste to the Upma.
Roasting the Rava, water ratio and boiling the water is very important to make a soft and fluffy upma.


Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 37.6mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3mg