Rava Upma Recipe - Popular Indian Breakfast

Another amazing dish from the southern region of India, Rava Upma is an excellent choice when it comes to breakfast. It is so easy to make this dish that you will be done with it in just twenty minutes!

If you are looking for a nutritious and tasty breakfast, Rava Upma is perhaps the most perfect choice you can ever make. This traditional dish from southern India is really popular.

The Upma recipe, also known as Uppumavu, is one of the most popular traditional dishes from south India. This delicious breakfast dish is made from Rava. This is why most of the time, we call this recipe Rava Upma. There are many ways to do this Rava Upma recipe.

You can add various seasonings and almost all the vegetables that you like. This recipe depends on the preferences of the cook. Many restaurants and family cook this dish in various ways, let’s see this recipe.

Preparation: 5 Minutes
Cooking time: 15 Minutes
Quantity: 6 servings
315 calories per serving
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Pro tips for making the Rava Upma Uppumavu

Roasting your Rava is a key point in making a great non-sticky, delicious Upma. If you wish to further reduce the time, you should go for a doubly roasted suji or Rava.

As for vegetable oil, using an appropriate amount of oil is yet another one of the key steps that you have to take to ensure you don’t end up with a sticky Upma.

As for making a choice of which Rava type to use, the most common on is the Bombay Rava. In case you wish to get an alternative name, here is a shortlist:

  • Rava
  • Semolina
  • Suji
  • Sooji

Amount of water to be used; to make a perfect Rava Upma dish, the rule of the thumb is to use at least four cups of water for one cup of Rava (semolina).

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  • One cup of Sooji or Rava or semolina or Bombay Rava
  • two tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil or butter
  • Half teaspoon of mustard
  • Half teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • One teaspoon of urad legumes or daal
  • One teaspoon of channa legumes or daal
  • Curry leaves

Other Ingredients

  • One small sized onion (preferably chopped or thinly sliced)
  • Four cups of water

Recipe for Rava Upma


  • Roast the Rava up on a medium gas flame until it becomes crunchy.
  • Never brown the rava since the flavor or it will change too much.
  • Transfer to a bowl and cool it to normal temperature.
  • Make sure you chop up all the chilies and onions.

Making Upma

  1. Add the vegetable oil to a preheated pan.
  2. Next up add all the channa daal, urad daal, cumin seeds, and mustard.
  3. Fry these till the legumes turn to yellow golden color.
  4. Add the green chilies and curry leaves.
  5. Add the chopped onions and fry till they become transparent.
  6. Then further pour some water and add salt to the same as per your requirement.
  7. Cook till the water starts boiling.
  8. Then set the gas flame to medium level.
  9. With one of your hands pours the rava in a gradual stream to the already boiling water, meanwhile also stirring the water with your other free hand.
  10. Stir the mixture properly and break any unnecessary lumps of rava.
  11. Cover the pan and keep cooking until the remaining water.
  12. Open up the covering and stir the contents just one time.
  13. Remember to give it a quick stir.
  14. Cover the Rava Upma and allow it to cool to a normal temperature.
  15. Your delicious Rava Upma is ready to be served.
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Mylene · 13 January 2020 at 8:26 pm

After trying many rava recipes, this one seems to be the best so far! This website make really good recipes i love them!

Julia M. · 24 January 2020 at 7:25 am

Amazing recipe, i love it! 5 star!

Richard · 24 January 2020 at 7:26 am

One of the best breakfast i have eat!

Rakeesh · 31 January 2020 at 10:27 pm

I have been looking for a traditional upma recipe from my country. This one made me remember exactly the smells of it. I really hope you make more traditional recipes from India.

Raku · 19 February 2020 at 4:07 am

Awesome uppumavu recipe, this one is like my grand father used to make. Thanks for sharing this Nicolas!

    PHIL · 15 April 2020 at 11:01 am

    Outstanding recipe. Turned out perfectly. Please correct the ingredients list to read 4 cups of water (like it says in the prologue), instead of 2-3 cups. Also, please clarify what to do with the peanuts. I substituted cashews and fried them with the mustard seeds and dals and it turned out just like my mama used to make it.
    Once again, many thanks for posting this recipe

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