Kerala Upma (Fluffy Kerala Style Upma Recipe)

Ingredients (Serves 3)

1. Roasted semolina / rava – 1 Cup (I used Nirapara brand roasted rava)

2. Ghee/ Coconut oil –  2 – 3 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Dried red chilli – 1, broken

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Cashews, broken – 2 tbsp

3. Pearl onions – 5, thinly sliced or 3 –  4 tbsp, finely chopped onion

Ginger – 1/2 Teaspoon, finely chopped

Green chilly – 2, chopped

Curry leaves – A few

4. Carrot – 2 – 3 tbsp , finely chopped

5.  Salt – As required

6. Water – 1 – 1.25 Cup

7. Grated coconut – 1/4 cup (optional, for an extra taste)

Ghee – 1 – 2 tsp

  1. Heat coconut oil / ghee in a pan over medium-high heat. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dried red chilly. Fry urad dal and cashews until golden.
  2. Add onion, green chilly, ginger, curry leaves and saute till onion becomes transparent. Add carrot and stir for a minute.
  3. Add water, salt to taste and bring to a boil.
  4. Add roasted semolina little by little stirring continuously without forming lumps. (Add semolina with one hand and stir with other hand). Mix well. Immediately cover with a lid and cook for 1 – 2 minutes over the lowest heat setting. Switch off and let it rest for 5 mts. Open the lid after 5 minutes and stir well using a large spoon to break any lumps.  Add 1/4 cup grated coconut and a teaspoon of ghee for an extra taste. Mix well. Cover with a lid for 2 minutes. Fluffy Kerala style upma is ready to serve. Serve with pappadam and ripe banana / steamed plantain/ ethapazham / ethapazham varattiyathu.


Kerala Upma

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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