Upma is a very simple and quick Odia breakfast prepared from Suji. Upma is a daily breakfast in Odia households. It is so easy that anyone with less cooking skills can also prepare this. If you are a bachelor then you must master this as it takes very little time and requires only a few ingredients.
Follow our step-by-step process to make this Suji Upma recipe.
What are the basic ingredients for Rava Upma?
- Suji – Dry roast suji at your home or purchase roasted suji from market
- Oil – You can use refined oil or ghee
- Onion – Chopped
- Mustard seed
Pro tips for making the best Upma:
- Always use good quality Suji for best results.
- Do not over roast Rava. Just sauté rava until all moisture evaporates.
- Take a close eye on Suji and water proportion for getting smooth upma.
- You can make suji in a large batch and store it in the refrigerator for further use.
- If you use roasted Rava for making Suji Upma, then you can subtract the roasting time of rava from the process.
How to make Upma?
- Use a heavy bottom Kadai or pan for making upma. After the pan gets hot, pour suji. You can use fine or coarse suji for making upma.
- After the Kadai gets hot add one tablespoon of oil. Pour raw coarse suji into hot oil and sauté on low flame for 5 minutes. You can also sauté suji without oil. Keep in a plate.
- Now add two tablespoons of oil and let it heat. Pour two tablespoons of peanuts and sauté for 5 minutes in low flame until aromatic. After the color changes to a little golden brown takeout and keep it on a plate.
- Pour mustard seeds into the hot oil.
- After the splattering stops add chana dal and urad. Sauté for 2 minutes. Here I have Washed chana dal, urad, peanuts and let it dry for an hour. You can use them directly.
- Add chopped chilies, chopped ginger, and fresh curry leaves and sauté for another 2 minutes. Here I am not using onions, if you like you can add them.
- Now is the time for adding veggies. Instead of plain upma, I am making Vegetable Upma. For this vegetable upma, I am using beetroot, bean, and capsicum. You can add other vegetables of your choice.
- Add chopped beat, chopped bean along with salt, and a little turmeric powder. Over and Sauté for five minutes in low flame.
- Now add chopped capsicum and Sauté for 3-4 minutes without covering
- Add 2 ½ cups water along with salt and boil water till it is getting hot.
Note: Here I am using the same cup for measuring suji and water. For one cup of suji, I am adding 2 ½ cups of water. If the suji is coarser then add another ½ cup water.
- Add sautéed suji into hot water in batches. Add some suji and stir properly, again add suji and stir. In this way, no lumps will be formed and a perfectly smooth and fluffy upma is made.
- Now add fried peanuts into suji mix.
- Our delicious Upma is ready now. Switch off the flame and cover for 5 minutes.
- Perfect Odia style Vegetable Upma is ready. You can garnish with some coriander and squeeze some lemon juice or can have it simple; it’s up to you.
Veg Upma is an easy Indian breakfast that anyone can prepare at home with few ingredients
1 cup Suji (Coarse raw Suji)
2 tablespoon Peanut (Washed and dried)
1 tablespoon Chana dal (Washed and dried)
2 tablespoon Urad (Washed and dried)
3 Green Chilies (Chopped)
½ teaspoon Ginger (Chopped)
Fresh Curry leaves
½ small beet (Chopped)
1 small Capsicum (Chopped)
5-6 French beans (Chopped)
½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
2 ½ cups Water (Use the same cup for measuring suji and water)
3-4 tablespoon Oil / Ghee
Salt to taste
- Put a heavy pan or kadai. Pour one tablespoon of oil and let it heat.
- Pour one cup of suji. Sauté in low flame till all moisture is gone. You can sauté suji without oil also. Do not roast or wait for the color change. For upma we need sautéed suji only. Keep the suji aside.
- Again add two tablespoons of oil. Roast peanuts in oil until their color changes for 3- 5 minutes in low flame. Take it out after it is roasted.
- Add mustard seeds and let them splatter. If you love onions, you can add chopped onions at this stage.
- Add urad and chana dal and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add chopped chilies, chopped ginger, and curry leaves and sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Here I am adding some vegetables for Upma. You can add more vegetables of your choice.
- Now add chopped beet and chopped bean along with salt and turmeric. Cover and sauté for 5 minutes.
- Add chopped capsicum and sauté for 3-4 minutes without covering as it takes less time to cook.
- Now all vegetables are cooked properly, add 2 ½ cups water along with salt. Let the water boil.
- Adding sautéed suji in batches means pouring some quantity into boiled water and mixing, again pour and mix. Repeat the process till all suji is mixed. In this way, no lumps will form.
- Suji soaks all the water and Upma is almost ready. Switch off the flame and cover for 5 minutes before serving. In this resting time, the steam coming from upma makes it more fluffy and soft.
- Serve hot and enjoy delicious Upma.
- Use good quality fine or coarse suji for making Upma.
- Use the same measuring cup for suji and water for a soft and smooth Upma.
- Add Suji in batches to avoid lumps.