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Restaurant Style Upma Recipe (Rava Upma)

Restaurant Style Upma Recipe (Rava Upma) is a Indian breakfast made with roasted semolina and few spices.It is also known by other names like, sooji upma ,uppittu, uppumavu or uppeet.
Course Breakfast, brunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, karnataka style, south indian
Keyword breakfast recipe, easy, indian breakfast, karnataka style, no onion recipe, rava upma, restaurant style, sooji upma recipe, south indian recipes, under 15 minutes, upma recipe, uppitu recipe, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 132kcal
Author bhavana


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml



  • To make this upma, firstly gather all ingredients .
  • Start by roasting the sooji along with 1 teaspoon of cumin (jeera) until it’s fragrant on medium low flame in a pan. Do not burn or brown the sooji from bottom so be careful.Remove it into a clean dry bowl or plate.Note:You can do this step of roasting sooji in advance and save time for busy mornings.
  • Add oil in a heavy bottom pan, add mustard seeds, channa dal ,urad dal ,cashew nuts and saute for 1 minute until they start changing color.
  • Next add chopped ginger ,green chillies , asafetida (hing) and curry leaves. Saute another 20 secs.
  • Next add water, milk and let the water come to boil.Do not add salt directly at this stage, milk will curdle.
  • Once the water & milk comes to a boil, start adding the (roasted sooji + jeera) and salt little at a time.Stir sooji  continuously after each addition in one direction with a spatula to avoid lumps.
  • Then cover the pan with lid and set heat to low. Let it remain like that for 2-3 mins still all moisture is absorbed.Turn off the heat.
  • Remove lid ,add lemon juice, coriander leaves and 2 tablespoon of ghee.Ghee is optional but recommended.Mix well.
  • Serve the upma hot with coconut chutney ,pickle ,sambar .


  1. Do not burn the rava while roasting it. Keep the flame on medium-low and mix it constantly until it fragrant.Adding cumin or jeera while roasting rava enhances the upma flavor.
  2. Sooji to water ratio is another important aspect to get restaurant style upma. So use 3 cups water for 1 cup of sooji – this results in soft and creamy consistency. I have tried 2 ,2.5 cups, but I think 3 cups works best.If you like even more thin or watery consistency upma use 4 cups of water for 1 cup of sooji
  3. In this recipe I have added 2.5 cups of water and 1/2 cup of milk.Milk is optional but it definitely adds to the flavor and makes upma smooth
  4. Please do not reduce or skip the quantity of oil and ghee. You cannot achieve the restaurant style soft texture.You may use even more for a softer and tastier upma.
  5. Do not add all the rava to the water in one go. Add the roasted rava little at a time stirring after each addition. This way the upma will not form any lumps
  6. Do not skip curry leaves.More the better.
  7. Tastes the best when served hot or warm.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2.7g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 46.2mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 7.7mg