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Upma Recipe – Indian savory breakfast made with Cream of Wheat

14 Oct

Upma is a very popular south Indian breakfast food. In Goa it is available at the chaia dukan (Tea Stalls) till lunch time, locals call it Uppit. Upma recipes have changed so much that it is now  consumed for lunch or dinner. The newer recipes have toasted nuts and dal, veggies and additional spices. The flavor and aroma are from curry leaves and mustard seeds. My recipe is of the past old days when life and foods were simple and not complicated.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp of ghee or oil

1 cup cream of wheat/ rava/ semolina

2.5 cups water

1 medium onion chopped finely

15-20 curry leaves

1 green chilli

1/2 tsp of black brown mustard seeds

2 pinches of asafoetida

1/2 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of  salt

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Directions:

Heat a non-stick pan and roast the cream of wheat on medium heat by stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes till it has a nice light golden color and a nutty smell.

Take of heat. Heat oil or ghee in a pot. Add the mustard seeds, chilli and curry leaves, saute for 20-35 seconds. Add the onions and saute till light brown. You can add peas and carrots if you like and saute for 1-2 minutes. On the side boil 2.5 cup water add the sugar and salt.

Once onions are soft add the boiling water and slowly add the roasted cream of wheat by stirring continuously till no lumps are formed. check for seasoning.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes till thicken. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. You can now mould the upma or serve as is. Enjoy it hot.

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81 Responses to “Upma Recipe – Indian savory breakfast made with Cream of Wheat”

  1. kunstkitchen October 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I have been experimenting with cumin and cinnamon in my oatmeal this week. I will try this combination. It’s a way to change up my breakfast! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

      You are so welcome…I am happy to hear that. I have seen a couple of indian recipe make savory oatmeal using similar recipes 🙂

      • kunstkitchen October 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

        Good to hear. i mean oatmeal is pretty bland and this will be good.

  2. Jim October 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    nom nom nom

  3. Patty Schell October 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    Your recipes always intrigue me.

  4. Archana October 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    LOVE upma!

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

      That is awesome Archana 🙂

  5. mkcasey80 October 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    This looks sooo good! My son would have loved this when he was little.

    Marcey

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

      Thank You Marcey, it is a simple yet delicious dish 🙂

  6. woodboneandstone October 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    My favorite breakfast!

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

      That is so good to know 🙂

  7. dmariebates October 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    This is interesting. I love Cream of Wheat but have thought of preparing with anything other than milk. I will have to try your recipe.

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

      Thank You DMarie…it is a delicious recipe. You should give it a try at least onces 🙂

  8. Plectrumm October 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    “Oh my…😍”

  9. usathroughoureyes October 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    This was gooooooood!

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank You Much 🙂

  10. Ruchisvegkitchen October 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Truely Delicious.

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

      Thank You Ruchi 🙂

  11. Vonnie October 14, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Wow! Cool

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

      Thank You Vonnie 🙂

  12. Divya Deepak Rao October 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Uppit! One of my favourite breakfasts! Looks very good Nandini 🙂

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

      That is awesome Divya…Thank You Much 🙂

  13. Mel & Suan October 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Wow did not know of the brand “Cream of wheat”. Thought it was really some cream Learnt something new again! Thanks!

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

      Thank You so much. I am glad to hear that 🙂

  14. youthfoodblog October 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Learned a great deal about Indian cooking!

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks Chris that is awesome 🙂

  15. Hans Susser October 14, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    Looks delicious 🙂
    Cheers !
    Hans

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

      Thank you Hans 🙂

  16. Chef Gigi October 15, 2016 at 1:01 am #

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  17. newsandviewsjb October 15, 2016 at 2:47 am #

    This sounds interesting! Jackie

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

      Yeah Jackie not a typical American breakfast 🙂

  18. Loretta October 15, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    This looks so yummy Nandini – love curry leaves in anything, I’m sure this really warmed up your tummy. 🙂

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

      Yeah Loretta…just brought back memories from back home 🙂

  19. Pinnatifid October 15, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    Sounds delicious!

  20. Botendaddy October 15, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    Beatiful terminally hip Nandini! Thanks for the likes. Creative eats!

    Peace be the Botendaddy

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

      You are very welcome 🙂

  21. Eartha October 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    This kind of dish is new to me. Looks delicious. 🙂

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  22. Freda @ Aromatic essence October 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    Love Upma and sheera both 🙂 Looks yum!

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 10:52 am #

      Thank You Freda 🙂

  23. CMKL October 16, 2016 at 1:11 am #

    Good morning, Nandini, thank you for visiting my blog! I have no choice but to follow you now because I don’t know the first thing about Indian cuisine – I didn’t even know about curry or sweet neem leaves!!! – and your recipes sound and look delicious. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      You are very welcome. And Thank You for the follow back 🙂 I am happy to hear you find my blog of interest. wishing you Happy Travels 🙂

  24. Edna Amador October 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    I love how Indian cuisine incorporates curry in most dishes.

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:09 am #

      Yes it does Edna. We need our curry fix 🙂

  25. Bridget Fay October 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    I’m so excited to read this recipe. I’ve been wanting to try out some Indian recipes and this sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:18 am #

      Thank You Bridget I am so happy to hear that 🙂

  26. michnavs October 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    This might be the answer to my my “oh not again” kids’ breakfast scream..

    Will try out this one

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:19 am #

      That is awesome. It is a great alternative. You can also add some toasted cashews 🙂

  27. terrepruitt October 19, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    Ahhh. I have never thought of savory Cream of Wheat. Interesting!

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks Much 🙂 it is an interesting take on cream of wheat.

  28. sabitha October 21, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    Wow! 🙂 🙂

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:22 am #

      Thank You Sabitha 🙂

  29. Adarsh October 22, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Hi Nandini!! Upma isn’t that a classic Indian breakfast. I remember my mom making upma with some carrots, peas and bell peppers. It was one of my favorites. Have you tried Bread Upma? It’s again something I learned from my mom in my growing days.

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Adrash, I have tried it a couple times ages ago made from stale next day bread. Not sure if that is the same recipe. I need to check it out 🙂

  30. Still a Runner October 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    Cream of Wheat is one of my favorite hot breakfasts. This should add some zest to it.

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:39 am #

      That is awesome, it sure will 🙂

  31. Misty Meadows Homestead October 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Savory cream of wheat?! Oh my! I can’t wait to try this.

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  32. mistermaxxx08 October 31, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    you already know you are the truth with your dishes and when you can flip cream of wheat and bring that flavor you truly got the goods. much respect always, peace

    • Nandini November 1, 2016 at 11:52 am #

      Thank You appreciate your kind words 🙂

  33. elle November 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    This looks lovely! I’ve heard of upma before, and was always curious to try it. I actually picked up a bag of sooji at the grocery store yesterday, but didn’t know what it was. Now I’m thinking it must be the same as upma? If so, I would love to try out this recipe! Can I also make halwa with it? I’m always excited about trying to make Indian dishes!

    • Nandini November 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

      Hi Elle, you sure can make both they use the same ingredient of cream of wheat or sooji as it is called in hindi.

      • elle November 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

        Fantastic, thanks so much! I can’t believe I never knew that cream of wheat was the same as upma. I love learning about Indian cuisine and ingredients.

        • Nandini November 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

          You are welcome Elle!

  34. Patty J and Ladybug November 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Love upma! Thanks for this recipe.

    • Nandini November 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

      That is so awesome 🙂

  35. bnanno January 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Loving the presentation-photography apart from the yummy recipe!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  36. chefkreso February 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Looks awesome, I never tried anything similar, saving the recipe !

    • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

      Thank You so much, that is awesome to hear chefKreso 🙂

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  38. The Itinerant Introvert April 8, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    I used to love eating cream of wheat for breakfast with sugar and cinnamon. Nice change to try a savoury version.

    • Nandini May 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      Yeah it sure is and makes for a savory breakfast 🙂

  39. Kimberly Morgan June 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    I’m so happy I found your blog! Most Goan cookbooks have the traditional vindaloo and sorpotel, but none of these traditional dishes that are enjoyed almost every day. Our nanny would make this for me in Goa. Thank you!

    • Nandini June 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

      You are so welcome Kimberly.I am happy to know that 🙂

  40. Namagiri Sridhar June 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

    How awesome it looks Nandini!

    I need a favor.

    I wanted to try self-hosted website. But after 2 days of putting tons of effort into it, I am realizing it’s not for me right now. One stupid mistake that I did was I migrated all my followers to the new site. I don’t want to lose you. I would totally appreciate if you would follow me back. Thanks a ton! Sorry for the trouble.
    Have a great day!

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