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Simple yet healthy Breakfast…Mix Vegetable Upma

by Sonia on April 15, 2009

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I am very much breakfast person and I hardly skip it. This breakfast dish is my all-time favourite and I usually prepare it once in a week. Actually, when I was studying in Pune doing my Masters, there was a canteen serves in morning warm breakfast like Upma, Kanda Poha, Idli Sambhar and Vada Pav with Tea or Coffee. hmm…this Upma always make me nostalgic and drag me to my gone but golden days! :) I have learned this Upma from my Mom — she makes a simple yet very delicious Upma. During my teenager days, I hardly make any full lunch/dinner, I was helping hand of my mom though. :)  So, I learned the art of cooking little by little.

OK, now come to the recipe… A hint of garlic, green chillies and ginger makes it super delicious. Here is my version.

Mix Vegetable Upma Recipe:

What I used:

1.5 Cups Rava (Coarse Semolina)
1 medium Onion – thinly sliced
1 cup frozen or fresh mix vegetables – I used mix frozen Carrots, Peas and Corns -thawed and microwaved for 3-4 mins.
2-3 Green chillies, halved
1 inch Ginger, crushed
2 Garlic pods, crushed (In Australia, usually garlic pod is very big so I need only a pod equals 2-3 pods in India)
1 tbsp Udad Dal
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds/ Rai
A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
Curry leaves – a few
A splash of lime juice
Salt – as per taste
Boiling water 3-4 cups
Cilantro – for garnish
How to :

1) First dry roast Rava (Coarse Semolina) in Kadai on slow to medium flame until rava turns slight pinkish and starts to smell. Take care not to burn. Keep it aside.

2) Now, dry roast Udal dal on law flame until turns pink. – keep it aside.

3) In same kadai heat oil and add mustard seeds, let it splutter for a second and now add asafoetida (hing), curry leaves, ginger, green chillies and crushed garlic. Saute it for a few seconds and now add onions and sprinkle a little salt.  Saute it on medium flame until onion become golden brown. Add in mix veges of your choice and let it saute  for 1 -2 mins more.

4) Now add the roasted Semolina and Udad dal and mix it well. Immediately add in boiled water taking care you don’t burn. Keep stirring but don’t over do or it will become mushy. Make sure everything mixed well. Finally add salt and lemon juice. You will notice that the water is evaporating and Upma is getting thicken.

5) Switch off the flame. And let it rest for 5-7 mins covering with a lid. Garnish with cilantro.


  • It’s breakfast time here, & I hardly have breakfast.. but I really wish someone would make this nice & hot & served it to me:-)

    • Sonu

      Soma I already offered my breakfast plate to you. Have it! :)

  • Sia

    Gorgeous Click!

    • Sonu

      Thank you Sia! :)

  • I am a complete opposite, not a breakfast person at all, everyday is a struggle :( It was better when my mom was getting lovely breakfasts ready for me and I just had to gobble it down, now I stick to boring cereals.

    • Sonu

      Thank you Priya visiting my place. :) Yahan humare paas aa jaao…tumhe roj garam breakfast khilaungi…:D

  • Good recipe Sonu!
    First time i’m seeing the addition of garlic. Will try it tomorrow and and let you know how it turns out!

    Keep up the good work.

    • Sonu

      Yeah Arun, I love the hint of garlic in Upma and it also adds extra taste +Ayurvedic benefits. If you like a light smell of garlic then you definitely wud love it. Update me when you try it. Thank you for visiting my place. :)

      • Sonu,
        tried it yesterday with the lemon juice and garlic!
        Turned out awesome! But I added very little garlic, as I was not sure!
        Also, lemon juice was a first for me.
        I think I’m going to experiment with Upma every weekend :-P

        • Sonu

          Thank you Arun for giving a try. :)

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