Ragi Rava Upma Recipe | How to Make Ragi Upma | Ragi Recipes
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.
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.
Ragi Rava Upma
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
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)
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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.
This turns out slightly moist but tastes good.
Serve Ragi rava upma with some papad, pickle or podi.
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Ragi receips are extremely good
. All recipes are awesome
How to make Ragi rava at home??
I have mentioned the method to make ragi rava in the comments
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.
You are welcome. Glad it turned out good. Yes sure will keep sharing more recipes. Thank you!
Thanks for helping with recipes
So far Never heard of ragi rava,. Can you pl share how to make rava. Already ragi size …,
These days it is available in most grocery stores in south India. Since it is not available where I live i made my own. Just rinse the ragi very well and dry them completely on a cloth. Pulse them in a mixer. Sieve and remove the flour. Use the flour to make porridge or roti. Use the rava to make upma. Hope this helps.
Too too good excellent recipes..just enjoyed goin thru every thing..
Thank you. For making the rava, I have given the details in the last comment. Please read that.
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?
Thank you. I usually roast it and keep in a jar for a month. So it is easy to make when needed. Just make a tempering when needed and bring the water to a boil. Then add the rava.
Can I use ragi flour instead of ragi rava to make upma?
Upma works only with rava and not flour
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.
pls read my reply to the below comment. I have mentioned it there.
I loved it!
It looks pretty tempting.
Will try it tomorrow morning for sure.
Can I add other veggies with this too?
Thank you! Yes do try it. I haven’t tried with veggies. But it should work
How do you make the ragi rava at home?
I have washed dried the ragi well and then pulsed them coarsely in a blender / mixer. Sieve and remove the flour to make porridge/kanji. Use the rava for upma
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?
Just wash them well. You can also air dry and make the rava. But if you prefer to store it for few months, then sun dry them until they are moisture free and turn crunchy. You can also just, air dry for 2 to 3 hrs. Then make the rava and dry roast it lightly.
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