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10 December, 2014

Upma – A healthy Indian Breakfast Recipe

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Upma not only tastes awesome but is also a healthy breakfast. Upma is a tamil name. Uppu means “salt” muva means “flour”. Using semolina and variety of ingredients with salt we can make various kinds of upma like vegetable upma, Semiya(Vermicelli) upma,Oats upma,Bread Upma and few more.

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Being a northern Indian I never got the opportunity to eat this dish during school days but when I was in college there was never a day when I didn’t eat Upma. First time I had upma at a Road side stall I ate almost 3-4 plates . After that morning upma visit was a daily routine. I relished every bit of it, sometimes with coconut chutney and sometimes with tea.

In this post, we will make a basic upma recipe that can be easily prepared for breakfast or an evening snack without any fuss.

Ingredients for Upma with Quantity

Semolina or sooji 1 cup
Onion 1 finely chopped
Green Chillies 1-2 chopped
Ginger 1/2 inch garted or chopped finely
Water 3cups
Ghee 3-4 tsp
Salt as per taste

Ingredients for Seasoning Upma:

Oil 3 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds ½ tsp
Urad dal 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves 6-8 (for aroma)
Cashewnuts 7-8



1).Dry roast semolina in a pan. Stir it while roasting. After the color turns light brown switch off the flame and keep it aside.


2).Make a fine paste of ginger and green chilli.Mix them together.

3).Take a skillet, heat oil or ghee in it at low flame.


4).Add mustard seeds(Black and large ones).When the seeds splutter add ½ tsp cumin seeds and urad dal.

5).After that add cashewnuts. Fry them till they turn brown (cashewnuts) and then add ginger and green chilli paste plus finely chopped onions .

(At high flame condiments may burn therefore the above steps must be done at low flame).

6).Saute them till onions turn transparent and add 7-8 curry leaves for flavoring.

7).Now pour three cups of water and salt( as per taste)and allow the water to boil.


8).Take a cup of semolina( size of cup for semolina = size of cup for adding water),add 2 tsp of ghee and lower the flame.

9).Gradually add semolina and keep stirring. It’s very important to stir it continuously to avoid lumps. Use all your muscle power.


10).The upma will eat away all the water. If you feel that mixture is dry and needs water, add it.


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