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Upma Recipe

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Vegetarian dish

Traditional food of Karnataka state in South India

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Healthy breakfast recipe

To be cooked over low to medium heat

Main Ingredients-
• Rava (sooji)
• Vegetables (peas, corn, beans, and carrot)
• Potato
• Split black lentil (urad dal)
• Gram lentil (chana dal)


Upma or uppittu is a vegetarian cuisine having its origin in present day Indian state of Karnataka. Made principally from ‘rava’ (cream of wheat), this delicious and nutritious South Indian preparation is a popular snacks and breakfast food.


Upma is prepared using the following ingredients:

  •     1 cup rava (sooji or cream of wheat)
  •     1 ¾ cup water
  •     ¼ cup of chopped vegetables (peas, corn, beans, and carrot)
  •     1 medium sized potato chopped into small pieces
  •     3 tsp of groundnut
  •     3 tsp of cooking oil
  •     1 tsp of split black lentil (urad dal)
  •     1 tsp of grated coconut
  •     ½ tsp of gram lentil (chana dal)
  •     ½ tsp of cumin seed
  •     2 green chilies finely chopped
  •     1 strip of curry leaves
  •     Few coriander leaves
  •     Salt to taste

Preparing Upma

The under mentioned steps are to be followed for preparing uppittu:

  •     Boil the chopped potatoes and keep them aside;
  •     Pour oil in a shallow pan and put it on low to medium heat;
  •     Thereafter add the chopped chilies, black and gram lentils, and curry leaves;
  •     Wait for the lentila to turn golden, after which add the boiled potatoes, chopped vegetables, and groundnuts;
  •     Stir continuously till the vegetables and oil mix well;
  •     Add salt and water to the pan and wait for it to boil;
  •     When the water comes close to boiling, add rava slowly. Simultaneously stir the mixture in a clockwise direction.
  •     Stirring has to be done well, or else lumps will form;
  •     Add little rava or water if necessary;
  •     After the mixture thickens, keep it on flame for a few minutes
  •     Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves
  •     Serve hot with chutney and sambar

Upma is liked by young and old alike. It is widely available in all restaurants serving South Indian cuisine.

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