Traditional Recipe for Rava Upma

Recipe for Rava Upma

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Classical Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada with her partner and their two German Shepherds. As the founder of BODY MIND LIGHT, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world through her ONLINE SHOP and her CLASSES & MEDITATIONS. Read more...

14 Responses

  1. Andrea,

    This recipe sounds really good and simple. Rava looks like couscous – is it similar to that in taste and texture?

    It’s neat to know this is a traditional breakfast in India. I always like to know what other countries eat for breakfast. Definitely different from our normal breakfast of a couple of eggs.

    I’ll have to try this one day! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Sasha says:

    Hey Andrea,

    I have heard so many people talk about Upma but never had a chance to try it myself! Now I can make it myself, thanks to your easy-to-follow recipe! I just don’t know what “groundnut” oil is. I will probably substitute that for the oil I have on hand!

    Thanks so much for this recipe!


  3. Marta Puyol says:

    Hello Andrea!

    This recipe looks great! I’ve never heard of this dish before, but I really want to try it! It really looks like a very nutritious and energetic breakfast. I love couscous and also cashew nuts, so I’m sure I’d like it.
    Personally, I’d like to serve it with coconut chutney. I love coconut, but I’ve never tried coconut chutney and I’m curious. As a drink I would definitely choose tea. I like it very much and I think it would go very well with it.
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It doesn’t seem too complicated, so I take a note to try it.

    Best regards


  4. BRIAN LEIST says:

    That sounds delicious. Where can I find rava? Is it commonly sold in Indian groceries? I follow a whole-food plant-based diet and am always on the lookout for interesting recipes.

    I try to avoid oil, so do suggest any substitutions!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Rava is semolina. You should be able to find it in any major grocery store. And they are always available in Indian grocery stores too.

      You can use ghee, margarine, butter or shortening as a substitute for oil.

      Hope you like it!

  5. Interesting. I must say that I was expecting something different when you said “porridge.” This looks like a meal that would prevent the spike in blood sugar. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sylvia says:

    Wow, Andrea! That sounds so yummy! I love Indian cuisine, and especially curry. I have taken a photo and will surely try this dish. I also love that it is so healthy. Thank you very much! I can’t wait to prepare it for my husband and me. And I will share your site!
    Blessings, Sylvia

  7. Ceci says:

    Hi Andrea,

    The photograph in the article made me stop to read when I stumbled on this site. Rava Upma looks absolutely delicious!

    The recipe is simple and doesn’t require a long list of rare items which I find is a bonus. I know what semolina is , but the final dish does look very much like couscous as someone asked. However, it probably will be a lot more moist in texture.
    Can’t wait to try this!


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