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No matter where you go in India, Upma is a hot favorite breakfast food! Originally from South India, this tasty dish can be eaten for breakfast, brunch or as a snack and is so wholesome you can even make a meal of it!


  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1" piece of ginger grated
  • 3/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 medium-sized onions chopped fine
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped fine
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Chopped coriander to garnish


  • Heat a griddle or flat pan on a medium flame and roast the semolina lightly. Stir frequently and do not allow it to brown. Once done, remove onto a tray or platter and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. When the spluttering stops, add the grated ginger and stir well. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the onion and fry till translucent and soft.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Add the hot water, turmeric and salt to taste and bring to a boil.
  • Add the roasted semolina, a little at a time, stirring constantly to prevent any lumps from forming.
  • Simmer and cook till the Upma is like a very thick porridge. Turn off the fire.
  • Squeeze the lime juice over the Upma and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve piping hot.
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 5 out of 5
Slight alteration to upma, Member R.AM

Upma is great, I added the tomato diced with salt and coriander leaves without cooking on top of the upma after serving on the plate, it looked good and tasted refreshing with it, also the coriander flavor was much more authentic !

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