Nov 18, 2013

Vegetable Rava Upma / Sooji (Suji) Upma / Rava Kichadi / Sooji Kichadi - Breakfast Recipes

I love rava upma a lot. In my opinion, rava upma has to be very soft and should just melt in your mouth. If you don't make it properly, it will dry up and make it so hard to swallow. But you dont have to worry about that because i have found a amazing method which will make this world a better place. 

The key for a beautiful soft upma is you have to add a generous amount of oil and ghee while making it and also a cup of milk will do the trick. Yes adding a cup of milk will make this upma so meltingly delicious. I have made this upma will lots of veggies so it makes it even more tasty. If you are looking for a basic upma, i have a recipe of that too, you can see u can see i have a trick there too. So try this out and let me know how it turned out for you.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Sooji / Rava - 2 cup
Water -  3 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Onion - 1 small chopped finely
Green Chilli - 3 chopped finely
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Ginger - 1 tblspn minced
Carrot - 1 large chopped finely
Beans - 15 chopped finely
Ghee - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil - 3 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Channa dal / Kadalai Paruppu - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Cashewnuts - 10 broken
Asafoetida / Hing / Kayapodi - 1/4 tsp


Take water and milk in a sauce pan and boil it up.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in all seasoning ingredients and let it sizzle in hot oil for a min.

Once it is done. Add in onions, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, carrots, beans and fry it for 5 mins.

Once it is frying, add in salt and turmeric powder. Saute this for couple of mins.

Now add in the rava and fry it with the oil and veg mixture.

Now pour in the boiling water and milk mixture and keep mixing. The mix will get thick.

Now simmer the stove and cover with a tight lid and cook for 15 mins. When the time is up, open the lid and fluff the upma.

Add the ghee and switch off the flame. Cover the pan with the lid. Let it sit for 10 mins.

After 10 mins. Fluff again and serve upma with chutney.

Seasoning Ingredietnts


Take water in a sauce pan

Add milk and let it simmer till it reaches a boiling stage

Heat oil

Add seasoning ingredients

When it fry,Add in all veggies

Saute them in oil

Now add in salt

turmeric powder

mix well and fry them for few more mins
Add sooji to the veggies

Fry that with the oil

Now this must have reached a boiling point
Add in boiling milk water mix

Keep stiring

It will turn thick

Cover and simmer

Once it is cooked

fluff the upma and Add in ghee

Turn the heat off and cover the kadai

Now it is all done


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  1. Lovely and colorful upma.. looks perfect!!

  2. Thank you for this, Aarthi!! My upma always turns out dry - I'm planning to try it out this week :-)

  3. Hi Aarthi thanks
    I made the Rava upma it came very well thanks again
    By the way I live in London.

  4. Seems so deliciously cooked.

  5. Hi Arthi....can we use broken wheat sooji instead of rawa?if so wat is the quantity of water to be used

  6. @AnonymousYes u can use. U need 2 cup water for 1 cup wheat rava

  7. Hi Aarthi,

    I am new to cooking and had been sincerely following your recipes. Some of them had turned up really good (ghee pongal and sambhar are hit at home). I tried this recipe yesterday, the upuma turned thick quickly before I could turn the stove to low flame. So at the end the upuma turned little dry, although the taste was good. Any thoughts on what is the mistake that I made?

    Note: I prepared half the quantity of the prescribed recipe.

  8. Wow yummy yummy upuma. I done in my home with surabhi sooji its mouth watering. Thanks for your recipes.

  9. hi arthi, we should add fresh milk or coconut milk..?

  10. Hi Aarthi,how your receipes turns out so fantabulous...?Me and my hubby are not a fan of upma,but I tried this today and my hubby likes it so much....and he asked did u followed yummy tummy Aarthi's recipe....?
    Yeah,whenever I tries your recipes it turns out awesome.Thank you very much.

  11. Hi Arthi,

    Ur receipes are amazing, i got confidance to cook well because of u,thank u so much


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