Upma/ Uppittu

Dear Reader, upma is a popular south Indian breakfast which is made of Semolina. It is an extremely healthy option for breakfast which will keep you full for a long time.

Growing up I didn’t really liked the taste of upma, but this recipe honestly changed my opinion about it. I have packed in my lunch box and it has always been a super hit among my friends.

You can serve Upma with coffee, mango pickle or with Kesari baath. The important factor to be kept in mind is the ratio 1:3 that is for 1 cup of upma it is 3 cups of water, if you follow this ratio then success is surely guaranteed.

Let’s begin:-


  • Semolina – 1 cup
  • Water -3 cup
  • Oil/ ghee- 1 tap
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 5
  • Green chillies – 1
  • Pepper pods – 4
  • Hing/ asfoteda – a pinch
  • Onion – 1
  • Ginger – garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – according to taste
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Corriander leaves- handful

Method :-

  • Dry roast 1 cup semolina till it turns light golden this should take about 3 minutes at this point there should be able to smell a light aroma of the roasted semolina.
  • Transfer the roasted semolina to a bowl or a plate.
  • In the same pan add oil, mustard seeds, asfoteda, curry leaves, chopped green chillies, pepper pods.
  • Wait for the mustard seeds to crackel, then add onion slices and cook till translucent if you feel the need for more oil you can add splashes of water till the onion gets cooked, then add ginger paste and cook till the raw smell goes.
  • Add 3 cups of water and allow it to boil, add salt.
  • When it boils slowly add the roasted semolina in portions and stir continually.
  • Cook till all the water evaporates.
  • Add the corriander leaves , switch off the flame and then add lemon juice, stir once and serve hot.

Tips and tricks:-

  • You can also add vegetables like carrot, peas, capsicum and beans.
  • You can either dry roast the semolina or you can use ghee or oil to roast it.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    This seems to a unique upma recipe compared to our recipe. I like the addition of ginger -garlic paste in here, and I will try this next time.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, hope you try it out and like it as much as I do.😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jyo says:

    One of my fav and comforting food…I just love to relish with any podi and any pickle😊👍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Eating it with podi seems like a great idea, thanks Jyo 😀


  3. Mumtaz Anjum says:

    I tried upma it was yummy, soft thank u for the recipie. ur recipies are easy and tasty

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m so happy to hear your positive response.


  4. Sandhya says:

    The upma looks yummy!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, hope you try it out.

      Liked by 1 person

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