August 19, 2010

South Indies: Instant Upma

Before I begin talking about Instant Upma, I have to say this .. The credit for this recipe goes to my mother, for this is her creation & the picture of the 'Instant Upma Mixture 'that you are going to see below is prepared by her ... Thanks Amma :)

This one is very simple to make & is a huge time saver. All you need to do is Roast Semolina, do the tempering & mix semolina along with desicated coconut to form a crisp mixture. Store it in air tight jars. The mixture takes about 30 minsto make from start to finish & later you can make upma just like you would do maggi noodles .. Infact, this is quicker than Maggi .. Seriously...

Instant Upma 1

It tastes as good as the traditional Upma sans onions & other veggies that you may like to add. You can make the slightly more elaborate one during weekends, for other days & esp weeknights, this is great.

Shankar usually take this on his travels so that he can relish a hassle free breakfast & then I was like, why not start using this at home too, it is so handy. This is a real time saver for bachelors or even for women with busy schedules. Imagine, you get back late from work & piping hot upma is just 2 mins away .. Bliss !!!

For the Instant Upma Mixture:

You Will Need:
  • I Kg Semolina/Upma Rava
  • 200g cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp oil - for roasting semolina
  • 150g Desicated coconut
  • 20 Green Chillies - chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry leaves - chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 1 tbsp chana dal
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as per taste

How To:

  • Take a huge Kadhai & heat about 2 tbsp oil. When warm, add semolina & roast on medium flame until aromatic & semolina begins to change colour. This should take about 10-12 mins considering the amount of semolina. Set aside & allow it to cool
  • In the same kadhai, Heat 200g oil & splutter mustard & cumin seeds. Add urad & chana dal & allow them to change color slightly.
  • Add curry leaves, chopped green chillies, turmeric & chopped cilantro & saute on medium heat until the chillies, curry leaves & cilantro become slightly crisp.
  • Add desicated coconut & fry for a couple of minutes.
  • To this, add roasted semolina & salt as per taste & mix well on low heat. Keep stirring for about 5-7 minutes till the upma mixture starts looking crisp ( It should look like the picture above )
  • Allow it to cool & transfer into an air-tight jar for later use

Instant Upma 2

To make Upma:

  • 1 cup Upma mixture
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp Desi Ghee

How to:

  • Take a small sauce pan, heat water. When the water starts boiling, add desi ghee.
  • Pour the Upma mixture slowly. Keep stirring continuously as you pour so that no lumps are formed.
  • Allow it to cook. This should take a couple of mins.

Transfer it to your bowl & enjoy it with some fresh yogurt or with sprinkle some Chutney Pudi on top like I did .. Enjoi !!!!

You can add a few frozen peas or any other frozen vegetables you have on hand. I sometimes add Vangi Bhath powder for a spicier version.


  • 1kg mixture should last for about a month depending on your usage
  • The mixture stays fresh for a good 2 months. Beyond that, the flavours start getting stale.


Satya said...

wow its a beautiful n useful post the idea of instant upma mix ...thanks for sharing deesha


notyet100 said...

Thanks feel like eating this

Sush said...

my aunt always does it like this. She roasts cashews & peanuts too. Evening time, whenever her children come back from school home, she serves them in 2 minutes(as u rightly said). Thanks for reminding me to prepare them.

Vasavi Suresh said...

Beautiful clicks. Lovely recipe.

Prathibha said...

Even We make this dear...we do other kind of instant dishes as so many pulao's,pongal,upma etc etc...
I dont add coconut but it sounds nice..

Nithya said...

wow.. this is great :)

Nishi said...

A great recipe Deesha!! With this agt home, I think even my husband will cook. Thanks a ton for this recipe

Curry Leaf said...

Nice keeper recipe Deepthi.An evening tiffin in a jiffy.

Jyoti said...

Thats really cool. a real time saver.. I usually feel lazy preparing anything elaborate in the morning..Guess what.. my huby has to live on cereals and bread jam.. Now, I can prepare upma too in a jiffy. U know..its his fav!

Jaya said...

That so very helpful recipe and please convey my thanks to your mom for sharing this Deesha..
hugs and smiles

Priya said...

Beautiful clicks, very tempting dish..

suma said...

Haha!! This was earlier thought of as one when one is traveling or for bachelors staying away from home. Oh,yes, we do need these home-made instant mixes to save the morning or the day on a busy day or a lazy week-end. The upma looks very inviting, the turmeric adding to its appeal.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely idea... great click!

Madhuri said...

That's useful tip. Thanks to u and ur mom.
btw neat pic deesha.

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Wow...that looks great and yummy.... Beautiful click.

sinfullyspicy said...

Hey deesha, thanks for visiting my blog and the comments!Really appreciate it!
You page is orgeous with awesome clicks!
This upma looks healthy!

sonu said...

thanx deesha for visiting my blog..ur comments r highly appreciated..pls keep coming..loved ur space too..btw i too made this instant rava upma mix for my hubby when he went to US alone ..i bet it was very useful..adding coconut is new though..loved ur clicks..

Alisa said...

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Thats really cool!!It will be very helpful for a upma lover like me ;)

Sharmilee! :) said...

When did the pics become so big :D am luving all ur clicks...too gud! And this upma is so flavourfula dn tasty looking

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice and simple...

Jay said...

Hy Deesha,

First time here...awesome space you have...very interesting posts...wondering how I missed your blog this much days...Happy to follow u.
Do drop in at my space sometime...

meeso said...

That is great, and I think it would be nice to give as gifts to people who like Indian food but don't know how to make it :) Haha! I know what I'm giving some people for Christmas :P

DEESHA said...

@Meeso: Wow, that is such a cool idea ..

Archie said...

wow i like it..looks so good.