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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vegetable Upma

Vegetable upma is very easy to prepare and it is also healthy as we are adding load of vegetables. It is colourful, tasty and healthy also. When I say, I am going to prepare upma for breakfast, I will get lot of objection from my kids, but when I say it is vegetable upma, they will be happy. Today we will learn how to make vegetable rava upma following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

vegetable upmaYour kids will surely love this upma!!

Vegetable Upma-Vegetable Rava Upma

Vegetable Rava Upma

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Semolina/ravai/sooji -1 cup
   Onion - 1
   Green chilli - 2 finely chopped
   Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
   Carrot - 1 medium size
   Capsicum - 1/2
   Potato (small) - 1
   Fresh/frozen Peas -10-15
   Tomato - 1 small (optional)
   Beans - 4-5
   Ghee - 1/2 tsp
   Salt needed

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Red chillies - 1-2
   Asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Dry roast sooji until hot to touch. Since I had bought double roasted sooji, I skipped this step.

Chop all the vegetables finely and keep it aside.


Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds, when it sizzles, add urad dal, red chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.

When urad dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions and sauté till it becomes transparent.

Add ginger, green chillies and sauté a for a few more minutes.

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Add all the vegetables and cook covered for 2-3 minutes. (Do not over cook).

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Add 2 cups of water, needed salt and bring it to boil. When water starts boiling, add ½ tsp of ghee. Taste the water to check for salt, if it is slightly salty, it will be perfect once we add rava.

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Reduce the heat to low, add the sooji/rava gradually with one hand and stir continuously with the other hand, so that it does not form lumps.

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Cover and cook on low heat. Once the water is absorbed, mix well and cook covered on low heat for 6-7 minutes, stirring in between. 

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Delicious Rava Vegetable Upma is ready to be served.Serve hot with any chutney of your choice. Check out 15 Easy Chutney Recipes .

Note - You can also add vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, colored bell pepper etc.

Check my plain Upma or Basic Upma Recipe with step wise pictures.

Meet you all with more interesting recipes and tips. Thank you for visiting Padhuskitchen.


  1. Lovely and colorful upma. I too follow the same recipe as yours. Thanks for sharing. Following you to enjoy your recipes instantly :):)


  2. Cute presentation and just love this vegetable upma...

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  4. cute picture dear....upma sounds yummy and healthy.....

  5. Absolutely cute presentation. :) looks yummm too :)

  6. Easy BF recipe...So cute and lovely presentation...

  7. where is tom missing dear!!!!!
    love ur presentation
    My hubby loves rava upma with coconut chutney!!!

  8. kids who doesnt like this also will have it seeing such a creative presentation...simply & yummy

  9. What an adorable presentation! That looks so yummy and sounds really healthy!

    Thanks for the lovely comments and the link to your rice recipes on my blog, I'll add it to my collection soon:)

  10. Wow.. more than the recipe itself I really enjoy your creative presentation whcih is sure to please any kid (even us for that matter!)
    Veg upma looks so healthy and yum dear!

  11. Cute presentation I love the long mustache!

  12. Your decoration will attract any kid :-).. I've to keep these ideas in mind for future use...

  13. Healthy and delicious upma padhu..nice presentation..very creative..:)

  14. Cute Upma face!! Looks so delicious and healthy too. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a nice blog :)

  15. Luved the way you arranged the Upma. Looks delicious and you are very creative dear:).

  16. So cute...My family also love veg upma..:-)

  17. ha ha... the upma mickey looks superb...

    Great work boss!!!

    This is a old recipe encapsulated in a new appearance. Jabardast work and great looks.

    This will attract max children for sure.

  18. why would they refuse to eat upma if you present the dish like this? any kid will love!!! nice & yummy!

  19. Nice presentation,comfort & easy one

  20. you are very talented. i have fallen in love with your type of decoration. i too will follow you.

  21. Very beautiful presentation..I came across ur site while searching for a recipe..am juz surprised :) :) :) Every dish appears so attractive .. Good Work !

  22. To truly say padhu i am a fresher to d cooking dept and just in the learning process, i tried this dish of yours and it turned out so good.Everyone appreciated me for this thanks.. All your dishes seemed to be to too goos, may be the way you describe it awesome keep up the good work!!!!

    I will keep updating on the dishes i try from your receipe blog.

  23. Superb. I love vegetable Upma. But I did not know. how to prepare.now I came to know. I love Pathus's all receipes.

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  25. I chanced upon your blog via some recipe and loved it a lot. I like the way you have kept recipes simple and the measurements correct. The photos go hand in hand with the write-up. Kudos to your effort.

  26. Thank you very much for your wonderful recipes! They are best suited for bachelorettes like me! Wud be great if you could add the cooking time too.. Cheers!

  27. just tried out your recipe and it was really tasty, healthy and very light....really as good as we get it from south indian restaurants....i tried it with onion tomato chutney and mango shake....

  28. Try adding some powdered soyabean..it makes for a healthy addition.

  29. thanku so much ma'am fo sharing dis lovely recipe..

  30. Dear
    As a core non-vegetarian, I am amazed to see the varieties what you offer on your page.
    Every time I tried you recipe, it turned out excellent and so is this dish.
    Keep continuing your great work

  31. 1 cup implies how many grams. can some one pls advise

  32. Hemnaad - I use these Measuring cups and spoons for all my recipes. In this recipe, you can use any cup measurment. 1 cup is usually 200 grams but varies for different ingredients.

  33. Thanks for simple instructions, I could follow the steps as-is and it turns out to be great upma. I also decorated Micky and my 6 year old daughter was very excited and ate all the upma in her plate, which is very unusual :).

  34. Omg.! Upma was awesome wen i tasted.. I thght lke adding tomato may spoil the dish a bit.. 😜Bt enhancd the taste.. Thanks padhuma fo gvng us delicious upma

  35. After 16 yrs of outside food i decided to cook of my own after seeing your blog...I made this upma as a first try.I never had such a great ghee vegetable upma...wow wow what a texture,color,taste,consistency,quantity...cant beleive. THANKS A LOT!!!! - PRAVEEN, PUNE

  36. Hi padhu, can you mention I a cup measurement how much chopped capsicum, carrots and beans? Here we get all sizes of onions and carrots so hard for me to figure this out

  37. I use my measuring spoons and cups for all recipes. In India, the onions, capsicum, carrots, brinjals are not as big as you get in US or UK or other foreign countries, that is the reason I started using standard measuring cups and spoons.

  38. Upma always comes like pongal for me. Like a paste.. what could be wrong. Pls help..

    1. Dry roast the rava before making upma. Also add water in the ratio 1:2 .If it turns mushy, add a little less than 2 the next time you make upma.

  39. Hi Padhu mam, as I am studying away from home your recipes have helped me soo much. Thanks a lot for your help . One query I had regarding upma... Everytime I make upma some of the upma gets stuck at the base of the kadai... And so everytime I need to soak the kadai in water till it becomes easy to clean it. Why does this occur ?

    1. Thank you Jyothi. Happy to know that you found Padhuskitchen useful. Regarding your doubt -By adding more oil, you can prevent upma from getting stuck to the base of the kadai.


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