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Rava Upma (Savory Porridge made from Semolina)

Rava Upma (Savory Porridge made from Semolina)

Rava Upma is a quick and easy, Vegan savory porridge made using semolina or rava. It is a very popular and healthy breakfast from India.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Rava, Semolina, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Rava/Semolina
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Small Onion Chopped
  • 1 Green Chilly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup + 1 tablespoon Coriander Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoon Cashew chopped or broken
  • 8-10 curry Leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • In a kadai/wok add the oil.
  • Once hot , add in the mustard seeds.
  • Let the mustard seeds splutter.
  • Now add the onion, curry leaves, 1 tablespoon cashew and green chilly.
  • Saute this for a few minutes until onion is translucent.
  • Now add the 2 cups of water, salt and 1/2 Cup chopped coriander.
  • Let this mixture come to a boil.
  • Once the water starts boiling, reduce the flame to minimum.
  • Add the lemon juice and next add the Rava/semolina, stirring vigorously.
  • Keep on stirring the mixture continuously until you get a lumpy mass, or it starts leaving edges of the wok/kadai.
  • Switch off, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • The rava will absorb water.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander, cashew and serve.


  • 1 Cup =235 ml
  • 1 tablespoon =15 ml
  • I have added a bit more lemon juice, as I like it sour. You can reduce it to 1 tablespoon if required.
  • Once you add the Rava/Semolina you need to keep on stirring the mix continuously or your rava will get lumps.
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