Refreshing South Indian Breakfast: Rava Upma Recipe

Start your morning with a comforting bowl of Rava Upma, a classic South Indian breakfast. This easy-to-make, nutritious dish is sure to delight your taste buds.
Rava Upma

As a culinary explorer and lover of Indian cuisine, I am excited to introduce a classic South Indian breakfast dish – Rava Upma.

Envision a warm, savory, and comforting bowl of Rava Upma, bringing the essence of South Indian flavors to your breakfast table. Rava Upma, a staple in South Indian households, is a simple yet delightful dish made from semolina. It’s light, nutritious, and can be prepared in no time, making it an ideal choice for a busy morning.

Primary Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rava (semolina)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
  • 1 tsp chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Roasted cashews for garnish (optional)

Preparation Instructions:

  • Dry roast rava on medium heat until aromatic. Set aside.
  • In a pan, heat ghee. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, and sauté until they start to brown.
  • Add green chilies, curry leaves, and onions. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  • Stir in ginger, then add water and bring to a boil. Add salt.
  • Slowly add the roasted rava, stirring continuously to prevent lumps.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for a few minutes until the water is absorbed.
  • Garnish with roasted cashews. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:

Rava Upma is a source of healthy carbohydrates and proteins. It’s low in cholesterol and rich in dietary fiber, ideal for a light yet fulfilling breakfast.


Rava Upma is not just a dish; it’s a warm hug from South Indian cuisine. Quick to prepare, it’s a perfect choice for those who seek a nutritious yet delicious start to their day.