Ragi Rava Upma Recipe | How to Make Ragi Upma | Ragi Recipes

By Swasthi on August 3, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Ragi Rava Upma – Ragi also known as Nachni is used regularly at home to make so many of our everyday foods. Some of the most common foods made with ragi are porridge, ladoo, sankati, mudde and roti. I never tried ragi rava upma until a reader asked me for the recipe. This makes a very good Breakfast and keeps you full for long hours.

ragi rava upma recipe

The recipe shared here is from my Mum who prefers to mill the ragi for making rava and then using for this upma. But I have seen it being sold in many places in South India and even in Singapore. To make this upma, I have made my own ragi rava which I will share soon.

For more ragi recipes, you can check this collection of 18 ragi recipes on the blog. Some of the popular recipes are the ragi porridge for babies kids, Ragi malt, Quick Ragi ladoo, Instant Ragi dosa, Karnataka ragi rotti and soft Ragi idli.

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Ragi Rava Upma

Ragi Rava Upma – A healthy, wholesome and nutritious upma made using finger millet.
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Servings2 to 3

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup ragi rava
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp oil / ghee
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 pinch hing / asafoetida
  • 0.5 tsp mustard
  • 0.5 tsp cumin / jeera
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 to 3 tbsps peanuts
  • 1 tsp ginger chopped
  • 1.5 tsp chana dal
  • 1.5 tsp urad dal
  • coriander leaves Few, chopped (optional)


  • Wash and soak ragi rava for about 30 mins. Drain completely and squeeze off the excess water. Set this aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add cumin and mustard.
  • Allow to crackle. Then add dals, peanuts and fry until golden.
  • Add hing, onions, curry leaves, ginger and green chilies.
  • Saute until the onions turn pink.
  • Add rava and saute for a while for about 3 to 4 minutes until you begin to smell the rava good.
  • While the rava is roasted, Add 2.5 cups water to a pot along with salt. Stir and check the salt to ensure it is slightly salty. Bring this water to a rapid boil.
  • Simmer the stove, then slowly pour this hot water to the rava stirring gently. Take care as this splashes over. Cover and cook on a low to medium heat until all the water is absorbed.
  • Stir in between for even cooking.
  • When the water is completely absorbed, switch off the stove and keep covered.
  • Sprinkle some lemon juice if you like. Serve ragi upma hot.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Ragi Rava Upma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 198mg9%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 99g33%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 29.5mg36%
Calcium 440mg44%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Here is a pic of how the ragi rava looks after washing, soaking and removing excess water. It turns our grainy and absolutely dry. This is a important step to make good ragi rava upma.

ragi rava for upma

This turns out slightly moist but tastes good.

Serve Ragi rava upma with some papad, pickle or podi.

ragi upma

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5 stars
Shd we pressure coom the rawa as mine was little uncooked.

Ragi receips are extremely good

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. All recipes are awesome

How to make Ragi rava at home??

Hi swasthi I tried ragi rave upma….It was yummy….everyone loved in my home….I follow all your recipes…it’s so easy to make…thank you so much for such wonderful delicious recipes…please keep uploading the yummy recipes.

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Thanks for helping with recipes

So far Never heard of ragi rava,. Can you pl share how to make rava. Already ragi size …,

Too too good excellent recipes..just enjoyed goin thru every thing..

Hi I have done this recipe. It was very yummy. I didn’t expect it would be so tasty. I have a question. Can i do the recipe it roasting the rava and add hot water whenever i required? Can i store the rava once roasted?

Can I use ragi flour instead of ragi rava to make upma?

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Hi Your ragi rava upma looks tempting. I want to try it. But i dont see ragi rava sold in stores here. As you made ragi rava at home, can you please share the method of making rava. Thanks.

I loved it!
It looks pretty tempting.
Will try it tomorrow morning for sure.
Can I add other veggies with this too?


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How do you make the ragi rava at home?

Thank You Swasthi!!

Hi,I want to try the recipe..I didn’t find the ragi rava in shop. I have a doubt..1) I need to soak for an hour or just washing 2.) shall I dry ragi in sunlight for 4hrs or can I dry ragi inside the home about how many days?

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