Thursday, April 5, 2012

Brown Rice Upma-Brown Rice Upma Recipe

Rice Upma is a common breakfast in my house and also one of my favorite breakfast. It can be prepared in a jiffy, if you have rice rava ready. Well, this time I prepared upma with brown rice. Brown rice has more nutrients and fiber and definitely a healthier option than white rice. Once you know the Health benefits of Brown rice, you will definitely include brown rice in your diet often. I prepare this arisi upma with both white rice and brown rice. I will post the one I prepare with white rice later. Today we will learn how to make a very simple and healthy upma with brown rice.

Brown Rice

Brown Rice Upma

Brown Rice Upma

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Upma-Brown Rice
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Brown rice - 1/2 cup
   Water - 1 1/2 cup
   Tur dal - 2 tbsp
   Fresh grated coconut - 1/3 cup (fresh preferable)
   Salt as required

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds- 3/4 tsp
   Bengal gram /kadalai paruppu - 1 tbsp
   Split Urad dal - 3/4 tsp
   Red chilles -3
   Curry leaves - a sprig

Brown rice upma-Upma with brown rice


Soak tur dal for 15-20 minutes in hot water. Drain the water completely and grind it coarsely without water. Keep it aside.

Grind rice a little coarsely like rava /semolina (But not very finely as rava). Then soak the ground rice in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water for 45 minutes - 1 hour. (this is brown rice and we want the upma to be soft, so this step is important)


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add bengal gram, urad dal, broken red chilli, curry leaves in the same order.

After dal turns golden brown, add ground tur dal and saute nicely for 2-3 minutes.

Add grated coconut and saute for some more time.

Now add the soaked brown rice along with the water. Add required salt and bring it to boil.

(Tips - taste the water and see to check for salt - if it is a bit salty, then the salt added is correct- once the rice gets cooked the salt will be perfect)

Transfer the contents to another container and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, mix it well and serve hot with sambar or idli sambar or gothsu or chutney of your choice.

More Upma recipes which will help you in the morning hectic hours.

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  1. Wat a healthy and super filling upma..

  2. Very healthy and yummy one pot meal

  3. this is fantastic recipe. I am bookmarking it

  4. arsi upma my favourite one. with brown rice i will try it soon.

  5. this is definitely interesting!!

  6. yummy and very healthy too......

  7. Healthy uppuma... Never tried rice upma

  8. Nutrituous filled upma !!! Delicious !!!

  9. Its a nice idea to use brown rice. Never tried rice upma,will try it soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. never heard of this, im sure its much more healthier than regular rawa upma

  11. At what stage are we adding tur dal???

  12. I think I have made it very clear that afer sauting the seasonings,you have to add tur dal.

  13. Padhu, I tried this one and it came out very well...Thanks, Sundi

  14. I prepared this upma, it came very good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  15. Hi, looks very yummy. How do you grind the brown rice? Is it ok to grind it in the food processor? Do you grind it dry? Or do you have to soak it and drain it?

    1. Grind it dry and then soak it. I have written it very clearly.

  16. Can I use Matta rice (Kerala rice) as the brown rice or do I have to use Basati brown rice?

    1. Yes, you can use matta rice but grind it coarsely like rava.

  17. Hi padhu, I love all your recipes.if I want to try anything new my only ready reckoner is your website. And it always comes out perfectly. Thanks to the clear description n instructions.


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