Vegetable Upma

While working on my pictorial recipe-index, I wondered why I hadn’t posted my childhood favorite breakfast so far??!!! I remember my mum feeding me with delicious ‘Vegetable Upma’ when I used to be a picky eater :P I never was interested in seeing how does she make it… And I never even tried to replicate it by myself…
A few weeks back, I thought of making it on a fine weekend morning! And we absolutely loved the change in breakfast/brunch… As always, I kept my words to make & serve different breakfast/brunch every weekend :) Here you go with my recipe…



3/4 cup roasted Semolina
2 tsp Chana Dal
2 tsp Urad Dal
2-3 tbsp Chopped Onion

1/4 Tomato, chopped
1 Green Chilly, finely chopped
A fistful of Green Peas, boiled
1/2 Carrot, boiled & chopped
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tbsp Oil
1-2 tsp Sugar (as per your taste)
Salt, to taste
2 cups Water



  1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once it stops spluttering, add chana dal and urad dal along with cumin seeds.
  2. Once dals start changing color, add chopped onions, green chilly, boiled peas, tomatoes n carrots into it and saute it for a min or 2.
  3. Add water, salt and sugar and bring it to boil.
  4. Now keep the heat low and add semolina gradually in the pan (2-3 spoons at a time), stirring it continuously to avoid lumps.
  5. Once it starts absorbing water, cook it for 2-3 mins more. Add a few tbsp water if required to keep it moist.
  6. Serve hot with a cup of tea!!!


  • Keep an eye on the texture of upma! I love it a bit sticky and mouldable, so I didn’t let it go dry at all :)
  • You can also use curry leaves here.