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Kanchipuram Upma Recipe

Traditional South Indian breakfast dish made with semolina and spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: Indian breakfast, South Indian Food, upma recipes
Servings: 3
Calories: 370kcal


  • 1 cup Semolina
  • 2 1/4 cups Water
  • 3 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut
  • 1 Onion medium-sized
  • 1 inch Ginger piece finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies or as needed
  • 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 10 Cashews
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • Salt to taste


  • Dry roast the semolina on a medium flame until you get a nice aroma. Don’t let it change color.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds and black pepper and fry till they start to brown a little.
  • Then add the cashews and fry until they are golden browned.
  • Add the finely chopped ginger, chopped green chillies and curry leaves and fry for a couple of seconds.
  • Add the chopped onion and fry till transparent.
  • Then add water, salt and turmeric powder to the onion mixture and let it come to a boil.
  • Add the coconut and combine. Reduce the flame to low.
  • Slowly add the roasted semolina in a sprinkled way, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
  • Cover it with a lid. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until well cooked.
  • Turn off the flame and serve hot.



Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 3mg