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Upma (upmavu) - in kerala style

Upma (upmavu) - in kerala style

Upma is a traditional south indian breakfast dish. Upma is not only delicious but also a healthy breakfast option. In Kerala, people have Rava Uppumavu with Banana and Sugar, Cheru Payru (Green Gram) Curry, Kadala (Bengal Gram) Curry and so on.


  • Green Chillies (Chopped) – 3 or 4
  • Ginger (minced finely) – A small piece (about 1 inch long)
  • Dry Red Chillies – 4
  • Onion (chopped into fine pieces) – 1 medium
  • Curry Leaves – A sprig
  • Rava/Wheat Semolina (Sooji) – 2 Cups
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – As Required
  • Water – 2 cups + A few tablespoons
  • Coconut Flakes – 2 tbsp (Optional)

Preparation Method

  • Lightly fry the rava in a non stick pan until it turns light brown. Stir continuously while frying the rava so that it doesn’t get burnt.
  • Add 2 tbsp oil in another pan and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add onions, green chillies, red chillies and curry leaves and saute till the onions become tender.
  • Add ginger and saute for 2 more minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water and a little salt and allow it to boil.
  • Add the fried rava into the boiling water stirring continuously, so that no lumps are formed.
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes and mix everything well. (optional)
  • Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 5 minutes approximately.
  • If the upumavu is dry, sprinkle a few more tablespoons water and close the pan and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • It is now ready to be served along with Banana or Chutney or any other side dish.

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