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a close click of rava upma (vegetable upma)

Rava Upma (Vegetable Upma)

Rava upma is a traditional South Indian breakfast, prepare with vegetables, spices & Rava (sooji). How to make vegetable upma or sooji upma step by step.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 Serving
Calories 421kcal
Author Bhawana


  • ½ cup rava (semolina or sooji)
  • ½ cup onion chopped finely
  • ½ cup tomato chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon Green chilies
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 cup vegetables peas, carrot, beans, I used frozen mix vegetable
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste or freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal soaked for 10 min
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal soaked for 10 min
  • 7 whole cashews
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 tablespoon peanut already roasted while serving
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter for cooking
  • Green coriander chopped finely


How to make vegetable rava upma

  • First of all, in a heavy bottom pan dry roast the rava till the raw smell disappears. Keep this aside until masala is ready. Nowadays we get roasted rava in the market. You can always roast it in advance and store it.
    roasting sooji in a heavy bottom pan
  • Now heat ghee in the pan and add mustard seeds.
    added ghee & mustard seeds
  • Once they start spluttering add curry leaves, soaked chana dal & urad dal. Cook it until dal becomes golden in color.
    added soaked lentils, and curry leaves
  • Add chopped onion, ginger paste, cashews, green chilies and fry till onion changes its color too.
    added ginger paste, onion, cashew & green chilies
  • After 4-5 min adds all vegetables and chopped tomatoes. Mix well and stir for 2-3 mins.It will take 2-3 min till the tomato becomes mushy.
    added vegetables & chopped tomatoes
  • Finally, add rava to the mixture. Mix well so that everything combines nicely.
    added roasted rava and combined nicely
  • Add water. Once the water starts boiling cover the pan with the lid and cooks this on low flame for 2-3 minutes.
    add water and cook by covering the lid
  • Adjust salt as per the taste. Rava absorbs all the water in just a few minutes. Stir it otherwise it starts sticking on the bottom of the pan.
    stir after cooking few minutes
  • Switch off the flame after 2-3 minutes. Garnish with chopped green coriander and squeeze lemon juice. Mix well.
    garnish with coriander leaves & squeeze lemon.
  • and serve hot with coconut chutney or simply enjoy this vegetable upma.
    a close click of rava upma (vegetable upma)

Instant pot upma

  • First & foremost, use pre-roasted store-bought semolina to use in upma while making in the instant pot. Or you can roast it in a pan separately.
  • Switch on IP and press SAUTE mode and heat ghee.
  • Once the ghee is hot add mustard seeds. Let them crackle.
  • Now add soaked chana dal, urad dal & curry leaves. Cook till dal color changes to light brown.
  • To this add chopped onion, ginger paste, cashews & green chilies. Cook it till onion are soft and golden brown.
  • Once the onion changes color, add chopped tomatoes & vegetables. Cook them till tomatoes are mushy.
  • Finally, add roasted sooji and mix nicely with the mixture.
  • Add water and adjust salt as per taste. Give a nice stir.
  • Close the lid, and set the valve to sealing positionCancel the SAUTE MODE and press PRESSURE COOK mode. Set the timer for 1 minute.
  • Once the timer is donewait for 10 minutes and QR the remaining pressure.
  • Stir it nicely, squeeze lemon juice and garnish with chopped coriander.
  • Sprinkle roasted peanuts while serving. Instant pot upma is ready.


  1. Cabbage is also one of veggie which tastes great in suji upma. You can add it if it suits your taste buds.
  2. It is recommended to make upma in ghee, it tastes heavenly with ghee. You can always replace it with oil.
  3. Adjust chili as per your tastes. using green chili is preferred.
  4. Make sure to dry roast sooji on medium heat. That decides the texture, if not roasted properly then it ends up having gooey consistency.
  5. Sooji and water ratio is always 1:3. You will get soft and moist consistency upma every single time.
  6. Do not forget to add lemon juice for the final touch. It gives a nice taste mixing with other ingredients.
  7. You can add cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, peas, corn, and beans to make it. So experiment with what you like to add most.
  8. I have tried this vegetable sooji upma in 6qt Instant Pot DUO60.
  9. Instant pot gives a BURN message if anything sticks at the bottom. So always make sure that you scrap the bottom nicely before closing the lid. Still, if you get the BURN message then cook the upma on SAUTE mode.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5120IU | Vitamin C: 119mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg