Rava Carrot Upma / Carrot Semolina Upma

Rava / Sooji Upma is the most favourite south Indian breakfast. All those who are not a part of this region where upma belongs to, may know only one single way of cooking it, but believe me there are so many mouth-watering variations to it.


Upma or Uppuma or Uppittu is a common South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil breakfast dish, cooked as a thick porridge from dry roasted semolina.

A huge number of variations of Upma are made with whole or refined ground wheat and rice of varied grain size, vermicelli or wheat semolina. A wide range of vegetables may be added, and may be garnished with a variety of beans (raw or sprouted), cashew and peanuts. For a variation called masala upma (known as ‘Kharabath’ in Karnataka), sambhar masala or garam masala is added along with red chilli powder, instead of green chillies.


Here I am sharing Rava carrot Upma, which is my sons favourite Upma recipie and its nutritious too. This Upma with grated carrots, topped with fried cashews is a excellent way to start your day.




Prep time: 20 min | Cooking time: 30 min | Serves: 4

  • 1 cup rava / semolina / sooji
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Black mustard seeds
  • ½ cup brocken cashews
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Bengal gram
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tbsp ghee (optional)


  1. Fry semolina in 1 tsp of ghee till it turns pinkish in colour. I don’t use ghee for roasting but simply dry roast the semolina in a non-stick pan. Once the semolina is roasted keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in another pan and add the mustard seeds. When mustard seeds splutter add onion, green chili, bengal gram, urad dal and curry leaves.
  3. Fry for few minute then add grated carrots and cashews, stir for few minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups of water to the pan and bring it to boil.
  5. Now add the semolina into the pan, mix it well and remove from heat. Cover the pan with a lid and leave it to settle for about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Mix the carrot upma and serve hot.






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