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Upma is a traditional indian dish, which is a regular recipe for the morning breakfast / evening snack. It is also know as Upeet, Upmaavu, Uppindi, Uppeetu in various regional language.

What I am going to talk about today is not the regular Upma but a slightly modified version- the Vegetable Upma, with ingredients that qualifies it a single dish full meal. This can occasionally become a healthy alternative for a full dinner. Especially if you do not feel like having a full meal but want something lighter or if you have a busy schedule and want a quick meal option.

Instead of Rava / Sooji (Semolina) one can also use Daliya (broken wheat), Oats, or broken Bajra.

Vegetable Upma served in a plate with two spoons.

Vegetable Upma (Semolina with mixed vegetables)

Ingredients (Meal for 2 persons)

  • Rava (Semolina) – 1 cup
  • Moong dal (Green gram) – 1/2 cup
  • Onion, diced – 1 nos
  • Tomato, diced – 1 nos
  • Water, boiled – 2 cups
  • Salt to taste

Your choice of vegetables, any combination

  • Potato small, chopped into cubes – 1 nos
  • Cabbage, chopped – 1 cup
  • Fresh Peas – 1 cup
  • Gajar (Carrot), diced – 1/2 cup
  • Beans, diced – 1/2 cup

For Tadka (oil Tempering)

  • Urad dal (White lentil) – 2 tbsp 
  • Green medium chillies, finely chopped – 2 nos
  • Aala (Ginger), finely chopped – 1 tsp
  • Rai (Mustard seeds) – 1 tsp
  • Jeeraa (Cumin seeds) – 1/2 tsp
  • Haldi (Turmeric) – 1/2 tsp
  • Hinga (Asafoetida) – 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp


  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp – to enhance the taste
  • Kothimbir (Coriander leaves)


  1. Dry roast Semolina till it becomes semi-brown and then keep it aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a Tava (cooking pan or Wok) on medium-high flame.
  3. Give it a Tadka with Rai (Mustard seeds) and watch it crackle in the oil.
  4. Add Jeera (Cumin seeds), Hinga (Asafoetida) followed by green Chilli and Ginger
  5. After a few minutes, add Urad dal and cook till it becomes brown
  6. Add Onion, Potato, Peas, Moong dal (Green gram), Haldi (Turmeric) and allow it to fry, under cover for 1-2 min or until the onions caramelise.
  7. Now add remaining vegetables and let it steam for 2 mins
  8. Add the boiled water and bring the whole mixture to a boil.
  9. Then add the diced tomato, the Semolina which we had roasted earlier and Salt to taste. Mix it well and allow it to cook for 3 mins. You can smell the wonderful aroma of cooked Semolina.
  10. Add Lemon juice to improve the flavour and mix well.
  11. Garnish with Kothimbir (Coriander leaves). It is already looking mouth-watering.
  12. Serve it hot and enjoy your dinner.

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