Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rava Upma with Grated Carrot

Upma is a very common South Indian breakfast dish. My mother usually makes upma with a variety of items, such as Rava (Sooji), Godambu (Wheat) Rava / Semolina, Semia (Vermicelli), Bread, and Rice flakes. These can be made with vegetables - usually carrot, beans, cauliflower, potato, and tomato - or without, or with any one vegetable as a main ingredient.

The picture below shows rava upma with grated carrot.

Things you need:

Rava - 2 cups serves 4
Carrots - grated - 2
Chopped onions - 2
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 1 tsp
Green chilly - 1
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 strand
Oil - 2 tsp
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup (optional)
Salt - to taste


  • Roast the rava in a pan until light brown
  • Boil 2 cups of water and keep ready
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds
  • Add curry leaves, ginger, green chilly, and onions
  • Stir well until onions are cooked
  • Add the grated carrot and 1/2 a cup of water
  • Cover with lid and leave on low flame until grated carrots are cooked
  • Add the roasted rava, add salt, and stir well
  • Pour the boiling water in and cover with lid
  • Stir well in between to ensure that lumps are not formed and mix well
  • Garnish with grated coconut
Serve with ketchup or coconut chutney or as it is.

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