Rava Upma

Semolina in known as rava in Tamil and sooji in Hindi.

Rava Upma is one of my most favourite breakfast option. In fact, I can have it for any meal. It’s a very humble and a very commonly made breakfast in South India.

Though it’s very easy to make, one can easily go wrong in getting the right consistency.

Today am sharing with you all a fool proof recipe to make a delicious and a perfect rava Upma:)


Rava ( semolina) – 1 cup

Chopped onions – 1+1/2 cups

Salt to taste

Ghee – 2 tsps

For tempering


Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard – 1 tsp

Split urad dal- 1 tsp

Chana dal ( Bengal gram/ kadalai paruppu) – 2 tsps

Asafoetida( hing/ perungayam) – 1/8th tsp

Curry leaves – few

Slit green chillies – 4


Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add rava and dry roast till it becomes golden brown. Keep it aside.

Heat oil in the same pan. Add mustard. When it starts spluttering, add urad dal, chana dal, green chillies, hing and curry leaves.

Sauté for few seconds and then add chopped onions. Sauté till the onions turn pink.

Add 2 cups of water and salt to taste.

When water starts to boil, add the roasted rava little by little and stir simultaneously.

Keep stirring till there are no lumps. Reduce the flame, close the pan with a lid and cook till the rava becomes soft and dry.  

Add ghee and mix well. Keep it closed for few mins.

Serve the Upma hot with pickle / sugar / yogurt/ chutney:)