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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tomato rava upma recipe
Tomatoes added to the regular rava upma takes it to next level. At times, my dad ask my mom to add tomato or lemon to the regular rava upma as he likes that tanginess in rava upma. I have not tried as I just like my plain upma and want the original taste. I make it very rarely to avoid semolina, so when I make, I want it just plain. But this tomato rava upma idea never strike me until my reader friend Kaminni Sreeram sent me the picture. It was so attractive and tempting with the tomato and red chilli powder’s natural colour. I wanted to try it out immediately and post it too. But took my own time as usual Big Grin. I made it today for our breakfast and totally loved it. Vj too had it without any complain (Upma hater). I am not sure if he had it without any other choice teheheheee Laughing.

Tomato rava upma recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast/ Dinner
Prep Time 10 Mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins     Serves: 2


Semolina / Rava – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1

Tomato, deseeded, chopped finely – 3/4 cup

Green chilli – 1

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Water – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/2 tsp

Salt - as needed

To temper

Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Channa dal – 2 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig


  1. Roast rava well in medium flame until it flows free. In a kadai, heat oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table in order.
  2. 1-roast
  3. Add finely chopped onion and green chilli. Fry until onion turns transparent. Add finely chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder and salt.
  4. 2-fry
  5. Fry until the tomatoes turn mushy. Add water required water, sugar and check for salt.
  6. 3-add
  7. Bring to boil and add roasted rava in sprinkled way.
  8. 4-add-rava
  9. Mix well and cook covered in medium flame for 5-7 minutes.
  10. 5-cook
  11. In between stir once to ensure even cooking. Fluff once done.
  12. 6-ready


    • I added two small chopped tomatoes (deseeded). You can reduce tomato as per your taste.
    • Red chilli powder also can be adjusted according to your taste bud. But make sure to balance the tanginess of tomato.
    • Sugar makes it more balanced, so do add.

Serve hot, we had it as such but if you want, you can serve with coconut chutney the best accompaniment for this.

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  1. The colour of the upma looks vibrant. today I tried ur nel pori urundai. it cane very well. Best wishes.

  2. very tempting upma Raks.. I do it sometime but not done it for a while as my kids prefer plain like u :-)

  3. Hi....can I use Wheat rava instead of white rava?

  4. I love your site. Totally amazing !

  5. Beautiful colour of the upma!
    And great pics to boot.. loving the contrast of colours :)

    My mom has tried this will cream cheese added, and it changes the whole dish to creamy-tangy.

    Btw, what is the funda to avoid semolina? Just curious..

  6. I made Tomato rava upma for dinner. Very tasty!

  7. I prepared tomato upma for breakfast today. Came out well. Thank you.

  8. The colour is sooo inviting Raji!! Gonna try it soon! :) keep rocking! :) :)

  9. Tempting upma colour is amazing gonna try soon

  10. Super. Never added chilli powder before, will have to try :-)

  11. super raji....today my dinner is ur tempting upma......its very nice.....

  12. today I prepared for breakfast..it came out very well & superbbbb taste!!!!

  13. If we use wheat rava1\2 cup what is the water quantity

  14. Why deseed tomatoes ? Does it affect the taste?

    1. No not much. You can use with seeds as well. There is chance for slight texture difference.

  15. Thanks for answering raks.. And i made this upma but dint get such bright color... Maybe bcause of the lighter shade of tomatoes... Anyway tasted extremely different and good...handy twist from regular boring upma...

    1. Colour depends both on tomato and red chilli powder you use :) I used kashmiri red chilli powder

    2. hi this lalitha.. i have dought... what is brown sugar that is used to bake cakes... is that naatu sakara wich is called in tamil..... and what is cream of tart any subs to it

    3. Brown sugar and naatu sakkarai is different upto my knowledge. And For cream of tartar, you can substitute with lemon juice or vinegar.


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