Bansi Rava Upma - Tomato Upma

I had blogged earlier, Upma recipe prepared with vegetables. Sometimes simple upma with no frills is what we want when we get busy but still want to enjoy the home food for breakfast. This upma comes to the rescue with tomato flavor. 

Here the rava/semolina is seasoned with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and tomatoes and onions play a major role in getting the flavor right as tomatoes impart a tangy flavour and onions gives the sweet taste to this Bansi Rava Upma. Onions when cooked in the water looses its pungent taste and a sweet taste is imparted to the dish. A side dish with pickle of your choice would be a great combination. Finally a Chai or Coffee completes the breakfast. Isn't it a warm and comfort food?


1 cup wheat Semolina/Bansi Rava/Wheat Rava/Sooji
3 Tomatoes
2 Onions
5 to 6 green chilies
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. black gram/Urad dal
1 tsp. bengal gram/channa dal
few curry leaves
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
handful of coriander leaves
salt as needed
oil 2 tbsp.
3 1/2 cups warm water

Cooking Method:

1. Dry roast the rava/sooji/semolina until warm enough or just to eliminate the raw smell. Then keep it aside. 

2. Chop onions and tomatoes finely, and slit the green chilies into half keeping all aside.

3. Now heat oil in a pan adding mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds crackles, add urad dal, channal dal leaving it to change its color to light brown. 

4. Add green chilies and onions and let it cook for 3 minutes then adding the tomatoes and turmeric powder. Once the tomatoes turn mushy add water and salt keeping the pan covered with a lid, and wait till the water gets to boil.

5. Now slowly add roasted semolina and keep stirring without forming lumps.

6. Cook until everything combines well and all the water has evaporated keeping the flame at low-medium.

7. Finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve warm.

Note: Grated ginger can be added though optional.

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