Vegetable upma is an awesome breakfast recipe that is quick and healthy with lots of added vegetables. This is vegan and gluten-free.
This is an easy breakfast option. Mix vegetable upma is a variation of plain upma (savory semolina porridge). In this upma, I'm adding lots of veggies like potatoes, green peas, carrots, cauliflower, french beans, etc in this version. This is one of the easiest and quickest recipes to make for breakfast.
Vegetable Upma | Rava Upma
Upma is an authentic Indian breakfast recipe. Upma is generally made with rava/semolina or sooji. Vegetable upma is one of the common breakfast options in almost every kitchen in India. Upma is rich in fiber and protein. And this keeps you full for longer.
This is one of the best breakfast options for diabetic patients. I have seen my mom preparing this for my dad who was diabetic. We grew up eating upma for breakfast. And I believe my mom makes the world's best upma.
What vegetables you can add to upma?
You are free to add your choice of vegetables. But what goes best with rava or semolina is potatoes, cauliflower, peas, carrots, and green beans. But you can add some more also like broccoli and bell peppers.
Can we give upma to toddlers and kids?
This is an excellent food for toddlers as well. Toddlers may not chew the vegetables. So when preparing for kids mash the boiled vegetables or grate them before adding to the pan. This is an excellent food for kids.
How to make vegetable upma?
Chop all veggies, onion, tomato. Keep everything ready before starting.
Now heat one tawa or pan. Add semolina and dry roast for 2 minutes on medium heat. Stir occasionally. No need to brown it at all.
Then remove dry roasted semolina to a clean plate.
In the same pan add 3 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds, urad dal and let it splutter.
Add chopped onion, ginger, curry leaves, tomato and other vegetables. Saute for 3 - 5 minutes on medium flame. Cover with a lid.
Then add water (1:3 ratio) and simmer for 3 - 5 minutes more.
Now add dry roasted semolina or rava to boiling water. Stir continuously to avoid any lumps.
Simmer till all water is soaked up and cover with a lid.
Turn off the heat and fluff upma with a fork or spoon. Serve hot.
Expert Tips To Make Perfect Upma
1. To get the perfect fluffy upma ration of water to rava is very important. For every 1 cup rava, add 2.5 to 3 cups of water.
2. Add oil or ghee generously so that it won't stick and will be softer and delicious.
3. If you make this dish quite often, then dry roast semolina well in advance and store it in an airtight container. This saves a lot of time also.
4. Keep stirring while adding semolina to boiling water. Otherwise, it will form lumps and will not mix well.
5. The ratio of semolina to water should be 1: 2.5 for plain rava upma and in case adding veggies keep it 1 : 3.
6. To add flavor, curry leaves, mustard seeds and ginger are the important ingredients. Also, add some lentils (urad dal) to the tampering.
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- 1 pan or skillet
- 1 Spatula
- Take 1 cup of Rava or semolina and dry roast in a flat pan. It won’t take more than 3-4 mins. After 3 mins when it's fragrant remove from heat and transfer to a dry plate.
- Heat 3 - 4 tbsp refined oil. Once the oil is hot put mustard seeds and let them splutter. You can add a pinch of cumin seeds also with it.
- After that put lentils, curry leaf, ginger, green chilli and onion into it. Saute for a minute. Don’t over heat else onions will turn brown.
- Add sliced tomatoes. Add all chopped vegetables and saute for 5 minutes on medium heat. Cover with a lid.
- Then add 3 cups of water and get them to a boil. Add salt as required or as per taste.
- You can add a pinch of turmeric powder too if you want to give different color to it. However this is optional.
- Simmer for 5 minutes on low film.
- Once vegetables are cooked well, add roasted semolina into pan gradually & slowly. Stir continuously to avoid lumps inside.
- Let it simmer for 3 – 4 mins more & get cooked properly. Simmer till all water is soaked up.
- In the end you can add few drops of lemon and few coriander leaves.
- Remove from heat and cover with a lid for 2 - 3 minutes.
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