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Tomato & Peas Upma

Tomato & Peas Upma

Before going over to upma, the word upma always reminds me of one particular dialogue in one Tamil movie. I have forgotten the name of the movie but it's a Balachander movie with Mammootty, Gauri, Madhu & Sripriya. In that movie Mammootty will be a hotel chain owner and he goes to one function to give a speech and he open the line with saying ..he is like Upma ie in hotel whenever everything else gets over then they make upma as last resort to satisfy the customer so he is also like upma since no one else was available to give a speech the organizer called him !

Hmm I guess am boring you guys..but it's kinda funny and quite interesting dialogue to think about ! So here am back to the recipe.


Rava/Semolina - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium chopped
Greenchilli - 3-4 chopped
Tomato - 1 big chopped (optional)
Peas - 3 tablespoon (optional)
Cashews - few
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tbps
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few (optional)
Oil - 3-4 tablespoon
Water - 2 1/2 cup


1. In a pan dry roast semolina for 3-4 mins or until it turns light brown and keep aside.
2. In the same pan heat oil add mustard seeds allow it to splutter, add curry leaves, choped green chillies, chopped onion and fry until onions turn light brown.
3. Add the cashews & mix and now add chopped tomato and let it cook until tomato gets cooked
4. Add peas and mix everything again. (Since I used frozen peas, I added this later but if you are using fresh peas then either steam/boil the peas before or add the peas after step 2 to let it cook properly)
5. Add water and bring it to boil. Add salt and coriander leaves.
6. Slowly add semolina while stare from another hand
7. Cook for 1-2 mins more and upma is ready to eat.

I served the upma with mint chutney (click here for recipe) and sambar