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Monday, October 15, 2012

   Rava kichadi is one of my top most favourites. I can live with it. I always love all the recipes with rava/ sooji/ semolina. Upma, dosa, kichadi, pongal…everything Happy. Though Aj and Vj are not big fans, they can eat once in a while. I too make rarely because its greasy and I prefer wheat rava upma for health reasons. I make this along with other tiffin items if friends/ relatives visit. The soft texture and the ghee smell in the kichadi tastes and smells out of this world. Also the yellow colour and vegetables we add makes it colourful.


Rava kichadi recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 10 mins    Serves: 4


Rava/ sooji/ semolina - 1 cup

Onion - 1

Tomato - 1

Carrot - 1

Green peas fresh/frozen - 1/4 cup

Green chillies - 5

Ginger, chopped finely - 2 tsp

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Salt - As needed

Water - 4 cups

Ghee - 1 tblsp

To Temper

Oil - 2 tblsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

Channa dal - 1-2 tblsp

Urad dal - 1 tblsp

Curry leaves - a sprig


  1. Soak channa dal and urad dal for an hour(optional). Slice onion lengthwise, chop tomatoes,carrot and slit green chillies. In a big kadai/ pressure pan (I used my mini cooker) heat oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Fry for a minute and then add onion, green chillies, ginger and fry until onion turns transparent. Side by side, boil 4 cups of water.
  2. 1-kichadi
  3. Roast rava well in a  tsp of oil with out changing colour.I used roasted rava,so skipped this step. Add the vegetables and fry well for 2 minutes in medium flame. Add ghee while frying. Add rava and mix well. Add turmeric and salt.
  4. 2-kichadi
  5. Mix well and add the boiling water carefully to this, with flame lowered. Check for salt.
  6. 3-kichadi
  7. Mix well, wait until the water gets absorbed by the sooji. Once it gets thick, cook covered in low flame for 8-10 minutes. Give it a mix.
  8. 4-kichadi


  • You can add your choice of vegetables like beans, potato.
  • For me, the finley chopped ginger is a must in my kichidi as it makes it smell great and also helps in digesting the oil and ghee in the kichidi. If you finely chop the ginger, it will not be coming in mouth as it gets mashed while cooking.
  • Ghee also adds a great flavour, so dont forget to add.
  • If you reduce oil and ghee in the recipe, the kichidi may not have the same texture as in the picture.
  • I dint add tomato that day when I clicked. But I usually add.
  • You can boil water by adding it after you fry the vegetables and bring to boil in the same vessel and then add roasted rava to it too.
  • Boiling water side by side reduces cooking time, so I do that. 
Serve hot with chutney and sambar. I love it with both. Bliss! Nothing to explain!


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  1. Yesterday when we have a discussion during our breakfast we all voted for this Rava kichidi as our favorite among all upmas.
    Super tempting kichidi,feel like having some right now. Pretty clicks

  2. delicious dear...join me in Fast food event - Vermicilli .

  3. lovely khichadi and perfect plate with the chutneys and sambar!!!
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  4. Looks very tempting and authentic

  5. I love this,looks delicious

  6. Looks yummy yummy... Just love it....

  7. Love the bright yellow colour of the kichadi. Very well explained. Nice beautiful clicks raji.

  8. I love this for breakfast..Looks mighty delicious!!!
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  9. Delicious kichadi,luks yummy with veggie...

  10. Love that vibrant color....kichdi looks delectable....

  11. My husband like anything made from rava but I don't. This khichadi looks really delicious. I ll make it soon, i am sure my hubby will like this.

  12. Nice one. When I am lazy I do this khichadi, but never done side dishes. May be I should try that.

  13. Looks yummy will try it pretty soon.. Thanks for the post

  14. looks great.. drooling here :)

  15. One of my favorites in a marriage breakfast..Looks so yum

  16. Even I love this kichadi, especially with the coconut chutney..

  17. Simple comfort food I always crave after a vacation. Looks so delicious!

  18. looks sooooper tempting...cant wait to giv a try now..
    Tasty Appetite

  19. Love this kichadi, wish to have it rite now for my dinner.

  20. Delicious!! I love this too, its a real comfort food.

  21. lovely colour and yummy kichadi. Very flavourful.

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  22. Like this receipe. going to try this weekend.

  23. I like anything with Rawa also.. Nice clicks!

  24. delicious rava khichdi Raji... lovely appealing clicks...


  25. This is my fav anytime...looks perfect. Feel like digging in..looks and tempts me more :)

  26. Raks, Do you think this will taste good if we omit onions? Thinking this to include for Navarathri dinner menu :)

  27. I think you can try priya. Because rava pongal tastes good right. So this might also work. But try not to omit ghee.

  28. I followed your recipe verbatim and made this. It turned out awesome just like saravana bhavan's khichidi :) I was drooling ever since you posted this and finally satisfied my craving by making it for Sunday breakfast :)

  29. OMG...looks yummy... I am hungry now.. :)

  30. tried this one..loved it! i never like to eat left over food..this one was so good that i ate it the next day as well! now, your blog recipes are regular items in my kitchen (i am new to cooking). Wonderful job by you :)

  31. Thanks Vini, San for the feedback :)

  32. Tried it and loved it on a chilly sunday afternoon!

  33. Hai Raji. Im in salem. l like ur blog. All dishes comes out very well & Tasty. which place u lived in salem ya.

  34. Hi,

    I was just wondering(no offence) how is it different from upma??i make rava upma same way..same ingredients .only difference is i make in vessel n u made in cooker :)

    i loved other items of ur's :)

    1. We make rava upma plain without veggies,tomato and white colour and the texture is so different from this. The texture of this is more like pongal, as the water ratio is almost double as we use for upma :)

    2. Thank u so much for the clarification! I used to think that they are the same and wondered why mine is not the same as served in the hotels... really love ur recipes and ur photographs and ur easy steps of preparation. Very proud that we r from the same college..

  35. Tried this Rava kichadi yesterday and it came our really well, including the texture :) Thanks Raks !!

  36. What is the green chutney served with the rave kichadi?

  37. When add ghee for this Kitchadi?

  38. Tried this today n it came perfectly. I love saravana hhavan kichadi n searched Google for the same and I got ur recipe. It is just perfect t. Thanks a lot :)

  39. Really my mouth is watering now after looking at your rava kichadi photos.. Awesome photos.

  40. Really my mouth is watering now after looking at your rava kichadi photos.. Awesome photos.

  41. I tried out today and really came out well!

  42. I tried out this today and really came out well!

  43. very exceptional raks. your awesome. Congrats from U.K.

  44. Hi Raji! I am a regular visitor to your blog and love most of your recipes. Your presentation is one thing that keeps drawing me back to your blog. Your Rava Khichidi and Upma are a super hit at my place. I must tell you this that I never ever liked Rava Upma/Khichidi, just the sight of it would put me off. But your recipe caught my attention and I could not stop myself to go a ahead and give it a try. To my surprise I actually loved the dish and my hubby too loved it.
    I have a ten month old daughter and I nurse her due to which I get these string hunger pangs, I had strong hunger pangs sometime back and quickly prepared this super easy and delicious Rava Khichidi and relished every bit of it, my husband too feasted on it. Thanks for making cooking so easy and interesting. Just today I tried three of your recipes - Pessaratu Dosa for Breakfast, Coconut Rice for diner and Rava Khichidi to save me from going to bed starving. Your are STAR!! God bless you and may you continue being a Blessing to others in every small way you can.


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