Cauliflower Upma

Cauliflower Upma

Cauliflower Upma

Upma is a really popular south Indian breakfast made from cream of wheat (rava). Not only is it easy to make, but it is also quite healthy actually. I know that this is a basic recipe that most people are already familiar with. However, what makes this recipe different is that I have used a different combination of veggies than what is used traditionally. Most often people put together a quick upma for breakfast with some onions and tomatoes. Another really popular version is one that uses peas, carrots and green beans. However, we don’t have to restrict ourselves to this, right? 🙂

In this recipe, the cauliflower adds a slight crunch to the melt-in-the-mouth upma and takes the health quotient of the upma up a notch 🙂 This is a perfect combination of a variety of flavors and aromas – the tangy flavor of lime, the spiciness of the chillies, the hint of ginger and aroma of curry leaves!


1 cup semolina or rava or sooji
1 small sized head of cauliflower – I used about 2 cups of cauliflower
1/3 cup green peas
2-3 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp Chana dal
1/2 tsp urad dal
4-5 dried red chillies torn roughly into 2-3 pieces each (adjust as per your taste, you can substitute with green chillies also)
1 inch ginger piece grated finely
10-15 curry leaves (torn roughly)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp grated coconut
Salt to taste

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