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Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I would like to send my Samba Rava Uppuma to Suganya of Tasty Palettes’ JFI – Whole Grains

and also send this recipe to Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen who is hosting the WBB - Grains In My Breakfast Event.


Samba Rava is broken wheat and as all know wheat is considered healthier than rice, it is less fattening and less in sugars. This uppuma is very good for people suffering from diabetes.

This is a very nutritious uppuma, adding vegetables with different colors makes the dish look very colorful and appealing to kids. I have added vegetables as per my choice but diabetics must follow the nutritional advice given by their doctors while adding the vegetables to this recipe. Not adding any particular vegetable doesn’t alter the taste of this dish.


Samba Rava (Broken Wheat Rava) – 2 cups

Onions – 1

Potato – 1

Tomato - 1

French Beans - 1 tbsp chopped

Carrots – 1 tbsp chopped

Green Peas – 1 ½ tbsp

Green chillies – 2

Ginger – a small piece

Oil - 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Chana dal (Bengal Gram) – 1tsp

Curry leaves – A sprig

Asafetida (hing) - a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1tsp

Salt to taste

Ghee (Clarified butter) – 1 tsp


Now chop the onions and tomatoes. Peel the potatoes and carrots and chop them into squares. Cut off the top and bottom of the French beans and chop into pieces, Rinse the green peas, Chop the chilly into 2 pieces don’t chop it too finely else it will be very spicy for kids. Chop a small piece of Ginger. Now in a kadhai(wok), put 1 tbsp oil, add the mustard seeds, when it begins to crackle add the cumin seeds and the Bengal Gram, once the Bengal gram starts to turn light pink add the curry leaves and ginger and chilly, sauté for about a minute then add the onions and sauté till transparent, now add the tomatoes and sauté for a minute, after which you can add all the remaining vegetables, then add the salt, asafetida and turmeric and let it fry till you see the green peas turn light green in color, At this point add in about 3 cups of water, cover and let the vegetables cook, check for salt, if you find it less then add at this point. After 5 minutes open and check, if the vegetables are done, reduce the flame to sim, then slowly add in the Rava. Add the rava slowly with the left hand and with the right hand keep stirring so that it doesn’t form any lumps. Keep stirring. Soon you will notice that the Rava is absorbing the water. When the water content begins to reduce lower the flame and cook under cover for 5 minutes. Open Add a spoon of ghee, mix well and close the wok with a lid, let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then open the lid and serve hot. The samba rava gives a very good texture to the otherwise routine uppuma that we are used to eating. What more it is nutritious as its got lots of vegetables and samba rava is healthier than the Normal rava (Semolina) that we use.

Tip : You can add in Cashew nuts or peanuts while seasoning, if you want


  1. Hi Sukanya, Nice one and I have always loved this upma. We get this rava (samba rava which is as fine as upma rava) in India which suits well to make upma. Where did you buy fine samba rava in Singapore? Coz all I can see here is broken wheat/dalia whoose grains are much larger.

  2. lovely rava upma..i make this often and i luv it with coconut chutney

  3. Upma is always a favorite...perfect for quick dinners too :)

  4. Upma looks really delicious. I do have a recipe blog check out if you get a chance.

  5. wow! its one of my grandma favorite breakfast!

  6. I too prefer broken wheat rawa than semolina ...your upma colour is awesome!

  7. I love this upma too...healthier than normal rava upma and taste gud too..I still have some left over from the halwa...will make the upma now :)

  8. wow this is one healthy option, we make this way Fada ni khichdi from Broken wheat....
    Sukanya is broken wheat rava and broken wheat same or they are different??

  9. lovely upma .. its my fave when its hot

  10. This one upuma which makes it to our table often, sometimes with vegetables and sometimes without.
    Thanks for participating in WBB.

  11. Hi Sukanya.. is this the same as Couscous in mustafa? Would like to buy it.. Thanks in advance..

  12. Personally I think overjoyed I discovered the blogs.

    ghee nutritional benefits


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