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Plain Upma

| March 14, 2013 4 Comments

plain upma

Plain Upma is a great option if you don’t have time to cut vegetables and if you don’t want to add onions. You can make this upma quickly. This is a simple, easy recipe, and the cashews add a nice crunch to the dish. Serve this plain upma as breakfast or snack. This can also be a good after-school snack for kids.

Servings: 4
Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups coarse rava (cream of wheat, semolina, sooji)
  • 5-6 green chillies, finely chopped
  • Ginger, a small piece, chopped
  • 4-6 cashew nuts, broken into small pieces
  • 7-8 curry leave
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups water

For Seasoning

  • 7-8 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp chana dal (split bengal gram) or urad dal (black gram)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard


  1. Roast the rava for a couple of minutes. This prevents the upma from becoming sticky. You can skip this step, if you like.
  2. Heat oil in a wide, shallow pan, and add mustard seeds. When the seeds start to splutter, add the green chillies, ginger, and curry leaves.
  3. Add the cashews and fry until golden brown.
  4. Add the water and salt, stir and cover. You can taste the water to check if there’s enough salt.
  5. When the water comes to a boil, add the rava slowly, stirring while doing so to prevent lumps from forming.
  6. Cover and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve the plain upma hot, either plain with some ghee (clarified butter) or with chutney powder or mango pickle, chilli pickle or lime pickle.


Category: Vegan Breakfast Recipes, Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes, Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes - No-Onion No-Garlic

Comments (4)

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  1. B.Krishnamurthy says:

    In the list of ingredients, there is no mention of Salt
    and at what stage the salt is to be added has also not been indicated.

  2. B.Krishnamurthy says:

    Greetings.I am now 81+ staying in USA with my son.
    I started learning cooking by referring to good websites and that is how I landed in your Food Blog.
    Now I will be a regular follower of your Blog.

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