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May 4, 2008


Upma served with Sugar and Peanut Chutney

I know that Upma is not a new recipe to most. It’s a staple breakfast in almost every south Indian household. Still, I want to share my version of making upma that is easy and less time consuming.

  • 2 cups Semolina
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • 3 or 4 green Chilies
  • A small piece of Ginger
  • 4 cups Water
  • Salt to taste

For Seasoning:

  1. ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  2. ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  3. ½ tsp Bengal Gram (Chana Dal)
  4. ½ tsp Black Gram (Urad Dal)
  5. 2 broken dry Red chilies
  6. Some Curry Leaves
  7. Some broken Cashews
  8. 2 tsp Oil (More oil can be added if desired, I reduced it to cut down fat!)


Chop onion, tomato, green chilies and ginger into fine pieces.

In a non-stick pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add cumin seeds along with Bengal gram, Black gram and cashews. Fry well until they turn golden brown in color. Then add the red chilies and curry leaves and stir well.

Later add the chopped veggies and sprinkle a little water on top and cover. Let the veggies cook on a medium flame for a sometime. Keep stirring now and then.

Meanwhile, pour 4 cups of water in a bowl and put to boil.

When the onions turn translucent, add semolina and fry well until semolina turns little brown in color. Keep stirring to avoid burning of semolina. To this add salt and stir well.

When the water gets boiled, pour it over the semolina mixture very carefully as it will be very hot. Stir well so that no lumps are formed. Cover and leave for sometime on a low flame.

After sometime, remove the cover and stir upma well and check if it is done and all the water is absorbed well. Then switch off the flame and let upma stand for a while.

Serve hot with Peanut Chutney or Ginger Chutney or any desirable chutney.

Upma goes well with Pesarattu or can be eaten alone too.

Upma served with Sugar and Peanut Chutney


Cham said... [Reply]

I love this funny face upma Uma , chutney and sugar great side and perfect even for a night light meal :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

nice presentation uma..love u(p)ma

Unknown said... [Reply]

lovely presentation of a simple recipe....

notyet100 said... [Reply]

looks good,..

kamala said... [Reply]

Though upma is not mt fav I like ur presentation

mitr_bayarea said... [Reply]


cute faced upma, nice combo with peanut chutney.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

I loved your version. If you give me that upma with chutney, I will be a happy face too!!:-D

Meera/ Enjoy Indian Food.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Smiley Upma is good!!!!

Purnima said... [Reply]

Nice version,urs,Uma..loved the smiley upma!

SMN said... [Reply]

Hey this is my huby's fav i add lot of veggies to it and he loves it with curd..

FH said... [Reply]

HeHe! Smiley Upma looks yummy.I love to make this whenever I don't have time cook elaborate meal I tend to do!:)

EC said... [Reply]

Excellent presentation

Kalai said... [Reply]

Love the smiling presentation, Uma! It definitely put a smile on my face. :)

Rama said... [Reply]

Nice presentation...........

Medhaa said... [Reply]

so cute, I love the presentation its going to make anyone want to eat it. Looks yumm

Bong Mom said... [Reply]

Cute pic :)

Swati said... [Reply]

Such a cute presentation :))

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Lovely presentation Uma :))

Richa said... [Reply]

upma is such a fav, can hv anytime :)
well presented, Uma!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Such a cute Upma face you have there Uma :) The nose of the face especially, is that sugar ?? :)

Annu said... [Reply]

Thats Very nice upma uma...

Siri said... [Reply]

funny presentation Uma..:)

ms said... [Reply]

hi uma, Love your smiley face upma! Best thing is you have defined the ratio of water in this recipe, usually getting that right takes a heck lot of time! thanks.

Rosie said... [Reply]

Uma I just love this face!! :)

You really put a smile on my face viewing this!

Rosie x

Vanamala Hebbar said... [Reply]

Hey Uma

Nice Presentation.

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