Vegetable upma

Aruna gave me this recipe recently. Though I had seen this in one of the recipe books, I had not tried it. But thanks to Aruna, I tried this and it was fabulous. Since so many vegetables are used in it, it can be considered as very healthy too.

In the book I mentioned above, they have included sprouted moong also, but since I was not having it handy, I just followed whatever Aruna has mentioned.

Sooji(wheat rava) 1 cup
Onion 1/2 cup
Green peas , carrot, beans (cut into small pieces) 1/2 cup
Tomato 1/4 cup
Turmeric a pinch
Mustard seeds 1/2 tea spn
Urad daal(optional) 1/2 tea spn
Asafoetida a pinch
Oil/ghee 2 tea spns
Sugar 1/2 tea spn
Green chillies 2-3
Curry leaves 4-5
Coconut 1 tbl spn
Coriander leaves 2-3 strands

Boil around 2 cups of water with carrot, beans and peas.
Heat oil and add mustard, urad daal(optional). When mustard starts popping and urad daal turns slightly brownish, add curry leaves(cut the leaves into two to enhance the aroma). Add asafoetida, turmeric and green chillies. Add onion and fry till onions turn transparent.
Now add sooji(rava) and fry on a low flame for around 6-7mins (take care not to burn the rava). Rava could be fried separately and added instead of frying it in peas mixture.
Add salt, tomatoes and sugar, mix well.
Transfer water along with vegetables to the rava mixture. Cover and cook till all water is absorbed. Mix well. Add coconut.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with or without sev.

Serves : 3
Preparation time : 15mins

Updated on 18th October 2006:
I got a mail from Bhumika Shah today, with the recipe and picture of vegetable upma. The method she has specified is slightly different. She first boils water and then adds roasted rava. Both the methods are equally good. Thanks Bhumika for the mail :).

24 thoughts on “Vegetable upma”

  1. Hello all,today being Ayudh Pooja,I very keenly followed the upma recipe….which is slightly different to how I make,and the result was simply delicious!
    Many thanks,

  2. Dear Members,

    Instead of using water try using (bitter) curd and the taste and the colour will be fantastic.

    Anjana Ramanuj

  3. dear shilpa,
    i must thank you for this website, i am trying out everyday some recipes. and learning all our south indian dishes. please can u tell me if you have published a book on these recipes let me know by that i can buy one.

    Shilpa: Geetha, sorry, I haven’t published any books.

  4. dear shilpa,

    thanks for your reply,i think it would be good idea to publish a book on your may have already got suggestions for this.i hope u will think about it

  5. Hi Shilpa,

    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes.
    All your recipes are so easy to follow and understand.

    Can you please post recipe for carrot cake with eggs and walnuts.
    I cannot find a good recipe on the internet.

    Thanks and please continue posting
    new recipes.

    Take Care,
    Sheena Shah

    Shilpa: There is a carrot cake recipe under “cakes and cookies” section. Please check.

  6. Dear Shilpa,

    I follow the same procedure but also add cashewnuts and sultanas. I also add khata curd to give it a better taste.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.


  7. Thank you Shilpa, you rock!!
    Love your website- what a wonderful way to present such a comprehensive list of delicious recipes and gratitude to aayi!
    I tried the vegetable upma for the first time today and everyone simply loved it- it has turned out super delicious! Thank you.


  8. Asafoetida means what, in all ur receipes ur specifying this but i dont know what is that. please let me know this in telugu

    shilpa: Inguva or hing or hing

  9. Shilpa,

    Just tried this and it came out fantastic. My first time making upma!! Thanks so much. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your website and your recipes. Such a wonderful resource.

  10. hey,
    The rave will start to become lump if we add water to rave mixture. Instead. we can add rave to the water…. holding rave mixture vessel in your left hand, slowly mix the rava to the water. the mixture should be immediately diluted in water.

  11. I tried this recipe first time today…..came out good. Thnks for recipe.I have a question though, If we fry the vegetables first in little oil and then boil it….will it give better taste??

    Shilpa: Gauri, give it a try.

  12. hi
    when ever i make upma, its comes out very granular and gritty kind of taste. I dont know why i cant make it smooth enough? please let me know.

    shilpa: Add more water and check.

  13. Shilpa, thanks for a recipe, i tried to make my husband happy, but it came out the best breakfast we had ever. I tried to add little sour cream, it tasted nice. Thanks a ton

  14. Shilpa, thanks for the in bangalore we used to first cook in water vegetables, onions and dals etc and pour rava to it at end for delicious upma..that is the only difference..we will try out your method also.

  15. Shilpa… I have a problem. Sometimes when I make upma after frying rawa when I add the boiling water my rawa gets lumps. What is the reason?

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