Semolina Vegetable Upma / Veg Rava Upma

Vegetable Upma with made with semolina carrot, beans, mustard, curry leaves.
Vegetable Upma

Indian Cuisine offers a numerous variety of vegetarian delicacies. Today’s recipe is one such vegetarian dish, the vegetable upma. This recipe is a go-good breakfast in my kitchen. They are easy to make in less time.

The recipe is almost same as the basic semolina upma recipe which is already in the blog, but with some small changes. The basic recipe  shared earlier was my Amma’s recipe with coconut. Today’s uppumav recipe is made without  coconut. Upma is usually made with sooji also known as rava or semolina. The flavor of vegetables makes it different from the taste of a basic upma.

Vegetable Upma with made with semolina carrot, beans, mustard, curry leaves.
Rava Vegetable Upma

Usually ripe banana or cooked ripe plantains are served along side the upma. But vegetable upma is content in itself which don’t need  a side dish. I use veggies like carrot, beans, capsicum (bell pepper), green peas in the dish. You can use any vegetable of your taste. May be broccoli or cauliflower. Adding some chopped and uncooked onions to the hot upma takes the flavor of the dish to another level.


Semolina Vegetable Upma/ Veg Upma


Vegetable Upma with made with semolina carrot, beans, mustard, curry leaves.
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Semolina Vegetable Upma/ Veg Upma

Vegetable Upma, highly adaptable, nutritious healthy vegan recipe from the South-Indian cuisine. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Ammu


  • 1 cup Coarse Semolina (rava/sooji)
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tsp Mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chili, chopped
  • ½ cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Curry leaves
  • ¼ cup Carrot, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Green Beans, finely chopped
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion


  • Dry fry the semolina (rava) for 3-4 minutes on medium-low heat. Make sure not to brown the flour. Remove from heat and keep aside.
  • Heat a non-stick pan. Add coconut oil to the same pan. When hot, crackle the mustard seeds.
  • When the crackling stops, add ginger, green chili and onion. Saute until the onion is soft and translucent. Stir in the curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped veggies and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium flame with occasional stirring.
  • Add water and salt to the pan. Bring to a boil. Lower the flame.
  • Slowly stir-in the roasted semolina flour into the boiling water. Stir and mix well with a spoon. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Switch off the heat. Add some chopped onions  and mix well.
  • Serve warm. Enjoy with your morning tea.


  • Semolina (Rava/ Sooji/ Suji) is also known as cream of wheat. It is just coarse or granulated wheat flour.
  • Stir the semolina continuously until they look crisp and separate. Look for a small color change also. Immediately turn off the heat and stir for 2 more minutes to prevent burning.
  • You can use any neutral tasting oil to make upma.  If not vegan, you can use clarified butter (ghee) also.
  • Adding water depends on how you need the texture of your upma. If you want a sticky upma, add more water. For dry upma, add less water.
  • While adding water, no need to panic. Initially it will look like a porridge. But as the semolina absorbs the water, the texture will be perfect.
  • You can also add roasted cashews, urad dal, husked chickpeas, coriander leaves or other herbs for different flavors.


Vegetable Upma, highly adaptable, nutritious healthy vegan recipe from the South-Indian cuisine.
Semolina Vegetable Upma

This veg upma is photographed almost 1 year back to showcase the idea of theme based independence day celebration depicting the colors of Indian national flag – saffron, white and green. And while going through those pictures, I realized that I haven’t shared the vegetable upma recipe on the blog. And here is one of the simple and satisfying breakfast recipes from South India. The recipe is completely vegan.

Take a break from your usual pancake or oatmeal breakfast and try this delicious upma recipe from South India. You can either use roasted semolina or roast it yourself and keep in tight containers. This help you save time during the busy mornings.

Happy Cooking

author @ my eating space

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