Monday, February 28, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Upma


I was in double minds whether to post this or not.Ajay,someone who never interferes in what I blog about what aghast in hearing I was posting a Upma recipe.After all,Upma is something which is made at least once every week in most of the households,so who would need a recipe for an Upma??[so many 'upma's in one paragraph!]

As a newly married bride,one thing which I never tried making was this.I had heard so many stories of upma turning lumpy or too dry and inedible that I didn't want to risk my reputation.Though there was not much left after this incident,but still.After much thought,one day I finally brought a rava packet and made upma.It was not inedible,but not something to write home about too.I blamed the rava and decided I wouldn't make Upma ever again!!

After I gained some confidence in my cooking prowess,I tried making it again.I was amused by the simplicity of this dish and felt it did not deserve the bad press it was getting.Anyone could make an Upma,seriously.So here's my version.


Mixed Vegetable Upma


Rava - 1 cup [ I used Bombay Rava]
Carrot - 1,cubed
Capsicum - 1/2 of one big-cubed
Green peas - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 big,sliced
Tomato - 1 medium,chopped
Green chilly - 2,chopped
Ginger - 1' piece,finely chopped
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups


In a thick bottomed kadai,add ghee and splutter mustard seeds,methi seeds and urad dal.When the urad dal starts to brown,mix in the green chilly,ginger and curry leaves and give a good stir.
Mix in the onions and saute till translucent,add the tomatoes and vegetables[carrots,capsicum and green peas].
Add haldi powder and rava and roast it for 2-3 minutes.
In another saucepan,boil the water with salt to taste.
Keep adding the water little by little to the vegetable-rava mix making sure you stir evenly.
Close with a lid,simmer and cook for about 5 minutes,stirring once or twice in between.
Serve hot.


  1. This makes a healthy & hearty breakfast...Upmas are actually very easy to prepare & quick too!! Yup...sometimes if the quality of rava is not so good, it may turn out lumpy...But otherwise they are damn easy to make & u just change the ingredient combi & u get a whole new dish..Along with veggies u could also add sambhar pow..tastes fantastic..;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. Simple but yet a delicious and filling upma..

  3. i just made and will be posting this in my blog soon :)luks great

  4. Anytime comfort food...adding veggies to it is a nice idea...looks colorful and fresh

  5. Wow..very colorful and delicious...

  6. For some reason, I have never liked upma at all from childhood to this day. But when it has vegetables may be I might get attracted :) We ppl at home call it kichidi if it has haldi and vegetables in it and a version void of those would be called rava upma :)

  7. Simple yet delicious and wholesome meal....

  8. Upma was and is always my first choice for an easy brekky!

  9. Upma looks lovely with all those veggies Divya.

  10. my fav one and finally now u gained the confidence of making this simple and yummy upma.
    I still remember a friend of mine saying me that she didn t know how to make upma.SUch a useful post for all.

  11. i have heard many ppl naming upma as concrete..fodder etc. i have always loved upma provided prepared well. i have a few recipes which i keep doing.while kidds have gone on me liking it my husbands runs miles far away! so when he is not there around ill have a chance making this. this looks colourful divvs !

  12. Wow,fluffy upma,yumm,i love it a lot but my family doesnt,so make rarely :)

  13. Hmmm this upma I make often for my little one. We all love this type a lot. The cliks are excellent. Nice presentation.

  14. Very delicious and filling uppuma..will try it for sure

  15. I love this lovely looking innocent upma :)

    ..wanted to ask u for a long time..i want the recipe of that moist and yummy looking chocolate cake recipe (of that slice in the far right among the header pics)..
    wanted to search myself without disturbing you but took a long time to search among the numerous choices of choc cakes in the recipe list :)

  16. I love veggie upma.It looks very colorful.

  17. Amazing presentation dear, love it.

  18. Hi Divya,

    Have been following your blog extensively. Adding water to rava is a first for me. I always add rava to boiling water with the veggies and all that. I would try this one too.


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