• Rawa – 1 cup
  • Ghee + oil – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Cashew few broken
  • Very finely chopped onion – ½ onion
  • Chopped green chilli – 1 or as per taste
  • Mustard seeds + urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt as to taste
  • Hot water or normal water as required – 2 ¼  cup


  1. Dry roast the rava on medium flame till aromatic . [colour should not change ]
  2. Boil the water .



Heat oil + ghee in a pan add mustard seeds + urad dal + cashew and let it splutter .

Add curry leaves + onion + chilli and fry till translucent .

Add the roasted rava , mix well and fry for a min . **[ this mixture can now be stored in a container and kept in fridge and used later and if you want to store for more days then omit the onion ]

Gradually add the hot water + salt and mix well so that no lumps are formed .[ be careful as the rava may splutter ]

Cover and cook for 2 -3 mins till the rava is cooked.

In between stir so that the rava doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Off the flame , cover and allow it to rest for 5 mins.

Serve hot with chutney + vada + filter coffee  .[ I like it with sugar ]


  1. VARIATION – after frying the onions , you can add plain water + salt . Allow it to boil and then add the roasted rava and continue as above .
  2. After frying the onions you can also add carrot ,boiled green peas.
  3. Don’t reduce ghee, infact you can add little more for more flavour.
  4. You can also add ¼ tsp grated ginger .
  5. Roasting is compulsory or the upma will be sticky.
  6. Instead of green chilli you can add red chilli .
  7. Some also add tomatoes. While adding tomaytoes remove the pulp.
  8. For loose texture add 3 cups of water.
  9. You can also drizzle few drops of lemon in the end.
  10. Boiling water side by side reduces cooking time.

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