How to Make Upmaa - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting


Upma is a traditional Indian breakfast, made of rava and vegetables, along with the perfect balance of spices. It is extremely tasty, nutritious and easy to prepare. It can be served with chutney, pickle or a banana. This easy-peasy dish can also be part of your kid’s snacks, if you wish to serve something healthy to fill his little tummy after his tiring day at playschool.

Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
4 People  10 – 15 Minutes  20 – 25 Minutes



  • 1 cup rava (semolina/sooji)
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chana dal (optional)
  • 1 tsp urad dal (optional)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 2 springs curry leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 tbsp carrot, grated
  • 2 tbsp green peas
  • 4 – 5 cashew nuts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Heat a pan or kadhai and add a tablespoon of ghee to it.

Step 2

Add rava and roast it for about 3 – 4 min. Once done, transfer it to a plate.

Step 3

Heat 2 tbsp oil in the same pan. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.

Step 4

Add cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves and asafoetida. Keep sauteing until it turns light brown.

Step 5

Once it turns brown, add cashew nuts and mix well.

Step 6

As soon as the cashew turns light brown, add onion, ginger and green chilly. Saute for 2 min.

Step 7

Now add carrot, green peas, salt and saute well for 3 – 4 min.

Step 8

Add water and allow it to boil.

Step 9

Add semolina and lemon juice. Keep stirring to avoid lumps.

Step 10

Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook for about 2 – 3 min on a low flame. Keep stirring at regular intervals.

Step 11

Turn off the heat and sprinkle coriander leaves over the upma. Serve hot.\

Nutritional Information

Calories 320 K cal
Proteins 8.0 g
Fats 15.3 g
Carbohydrates 37.6 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 96 mg
Potassium 167 mg

Add 4-5 peppercorns, if you like the taste of pepper.

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