Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The best khara-bhath/ No vegetable upma: Beginner Series

ok, ok..here's the disclaimer. My son certifies that it is one of the best khara bhath( no vegetable you see!) :) :)

I have already written about my family's love for uppittu/upma. We love it more when it is prepared for dinner, in fact our family prefers eating breakfast items for dinner. Our usual dinner is mostly, akki rotti, ragi rotti, upma, dosa & others.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)
For roasting the semolina/rava:
Bombay rava/Cream of wheat/Semolina/ Uppittu rave: 1 cup
Ghee/Clarified butter: 2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Urad dal: 2 tsp
Channa dal: 1 tbsp
Peanuts: 1 tbsp
Cashewnuts: 2 tsp
Curry leaves: 6-8 nos, finely chopped

For tempering 2:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Green chillies: 2-3 nos
Onion: 1/2 cup or 1 medium onion, finely chopped
Grated ginger: 1/4th tsp
Tomato: 1 medium size, diced
Hot water: 3 cups
Salt: According to taste
Sugar: 1 tbsp

For the garnish:
Coriander leaves: 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Grated coconut: 2 tbsp, fresh or frozen
Lemon juice: 2 tsp

Roasting the semolina/rava:

  • Heat ghee in a broad pan. When ghee is hot, add the mustard & cumin seeds. When seeds splutter, add channa dal, urad dal, peanuts & saute till the nuts turn golden brown. 

  • Throw in the cashews & roast till golden brown. Add the curry leaves & saute till the leaves wilt.
  • Finally add the rava & roast the semolina/rava on a medium-high heat until a nice aroma fills your kitchen (approximately 5-7 mins). You need to keep stirring the rava, else it will turn brown. Transfer the roasted rava on a clean plate & keep it aside

Upma preparation:
Meantime, add oil in the same pan (The one in which rava is roasted!). When oil is hot, add the green chillies followed by onions. Cook the onions till translucent. No need to brown them.

When onions are done, throw in the ginger & tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.

Add salt, sugar & the hot water.  

When water starts bubbling, reduce the heat to medium-low. Slowly pour in the roasted rava & mix well ensuring no lumps. The water will splutter in all directions! Be careful!.

Close it with a lid & cook it covered for couple of minutes or until all the water is absorbed. 

Mix the cooked rava. Turn off the heat. 

Add lemon juice, coriander leaves, grated coconut & mix again.
Keep it covered for couple of minutes & serve the steaming hot upma with a teaspoon of ghee.


  • 1:3 is the semolina to water proportion. If thicker version of semolina/rava is used, you might have to increase the water by half a cup. 
  • Feel free to add any cooked vegetables of your choice to make this upma more nutritious.
  • More the ghee/clarified butter, better the upma!


  1. O Boy that is something mouth watering. Ah! I love having 'breakfast' dishes for dinner too..

  2. OMG what a coincidence I too made khara bhath today, but I added lots of veggeies..result, my daughter gives me few looks :-D

    yours looks so tasty

    Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
    Know Your Flours-Whole Wheat Flour

  3. Very nice demo..it looks so delicious too.

  4. My son is a fussy when he sees lots of vegetable in a dish :-) Yummy looking upma...wish to have it right now as my breakfast

  5. Wat a fantastic,super delicious and mouthwatering khara bhath.



Thanks for visiting 'Savi-Ruchi'. I would try my best to update the blog with new & interesting recipes.
Hope you had nice time in my blog & feel free to share your comments.
Visit Again!!

Featured Post

Noodles and Vegetables with Honey Ginger Sauce

Am I the only one who crave for noodles when sick with cold and sore throat? I love this noodles with honey-ginger sauce and it is perfe...