Upma - Rava Upma, Tomatoes and Carrot Sooji upma, Vegan Breakfast

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

I can hear "urghh" while someone read that title - upma! I know it is one of the least favored dish by many. But believe me when i say, i know quite a few you can eat upma anyway, anytime! Upma is a simple sooji savory pudding, tempered with spices. The modern upma is made with lot of veggies, to make it more colorful. I once remember watching, a wedding caterer cook upma for quick dinner, they used so much dalda/shortening, to get that nice, gritty, fluffy upma. 
I make upma atleast once in a fortnight, my goto dish, when i run out of dinner/dabba ideas. My elder one is fine, if i don't add big veggies in it, and as usual he prefers to have peanut chutney or some dal along with it. My younger one, if he is a good mood, would eat it as such or else he needs tomato chutney. 

Upma when made properly tastes really delicious, the proportion of liquid to rava, is the key to get a fluffy upma. It is usually 1: 2, for a cup of rava, it is usually 2 cups of water. If you using veggies i add another 1/4 cup extra. After adding rava, simmer the flame and cook it covered for a soft and fluffy upma. My kids don't like garnishes, go ahead and garnish with coriander leaves, or toasted nuts for a rich upma. 
1/2 cup sooji/rava
1/2 a carrot, shredded
1 tomato,finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt to taste

2 tsp oil/ghee
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
2 green chilies, chopped fine
hing a pinch
3-4 curry leaves, torn into pieces

  • In a pan, dry roast sooji until golden brown. I do this, even if i m using roasted sooji. Remove the roasted sooji onto a plate. In the same pan, heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, next add chopped green chilies, hing and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  • Now add chopped onions and saute until they turn translucent. Now add grated carrots and tomatoes. Add turmeric powder and saute fora minute. Add 1 & 1/4 cup of water and salt to this and let it boil.
  • Once it comes to a rolling boil, add the roasted sooji to it and mix well. Immediately it will start absorbing all the liquid, simmer the flame, cover with a lid and cook until done. It takes around 8-10 minutes

  • Once done, remove the cover, fluff it up well. Add a generous drizzle of ghee and pack  for your kiddo's lunch box.

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  1. I am a person who can eat upma anytime of the day :) This everyday kind of upma is my comfort food.

  2. If upma is well made, it is one of the best dishes to eat! I love the color of your upma, and the fact that you get the texture with double the water... when I make it that way, it's dry... :( We have upma without any side, on its own... hehe... the pictures look so good..

  3. I never used to like upma before.. But now after marriage it has become a delight :)

  4. Upma is my goto option when I am running out of ideas... Love your version with tomatoes and carrots. Lovely presentation and that warli art is superb. Handmade??

  5. Even I don’t mind upma anytime of the day . I don’t use just carrots but normally just grate 1/4 carrot and add other veggies too . Or else just plain simple traditional one .
    Let me try the carrot tomato version next time .

  6. I love upma anytime and altho my elder one grudgingly eats it, they usually look great the vegetable loaded version instead of the plain one. Ur bowl looks colourful with the tomato there

  7. One of the classic and go to breakfast recipes!! Adding makes makes it more colorful and lovely!!

  8. Upma turned out so good and the texture is perfect, with addition of tomatoes and carrot, it would be even more delicious and healthy !!!

  9. I can have upma everyday with loads of vegetables in it. Adding tomatoes brings a fabulous colour to this upma. Lovely dish.

  10. I am that person who can have upma any time any day. I like it simple or loaded with veggies and fortunately there are no upma haters here even though they are not upma lovers like me. I am so tempted looking at your colourful upma.

  11. I am not a big fan of upma, but would not mind eating a well made upma like yours :-) Your upma looks colorful and delicious.

  12. Upma is very healthy recipe for everyday meal... looks so vibrant.

  13. Yummy upma.. I love upma and make mine with loads of veggies. However haven't tried it with tomato. I think next time I make it I will add chopped tomato too.

  14. I love upma and can have it anytime of the day.Yours looks just perfect to gobble with some coconut chutney.

  15. My kids are yet to taste this dish and I am hoping they will pick up once they grow older..good that your boys enjoy it..I make it almost once a week and we really enjoy the ease this gives..heheh.

  16. Lovely choice for U. Simple and comforting. I am a big fan of upma and can eat it any time of the day.

  17. I also made upma for U but called it Uppittu to looks a little fancy :) Our households cannot survive without these quick upmas. Looks lovely!

  18. Wonderful choice for the letter U , upma looks so perfect priya .looks so delicious , I am loving the color of the upma a lot .. looks very inviting !!

  19. Upma looks nice Priya.There was a time when I used to literally run when amma makes this at home.Hubby like this a lot and now I have grown to like it too as I am lazy to make a separate brekkie for me!And wonderful selection for the letter U


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