tomato upma recipe

Tomato upma

Andhra style tomato upma is one of the upma varieties from south Indian cuisine, made for breakfast or quick dinner. Tomato upma can be served alone or with podi. You can also add mix vegetable like carrots, peas and capsicum.
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KeywordTomato upma
Prep Time4 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time13 minutes


  • ½ cup semolina or rava/ suji
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • ½ tsp cumin or jeera
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp chana dal or bengal gram
  • 1 tsp urad dal or skinned black gram
  • 10 cashews , Split or as needed
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 Pinch hing
  • 1 onion , medium , sliced
  • 2 pinches turmeric (prefer organic)
  • ¾ cup tomatoes , chopped, ripe , (preferably deseeded)
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves , finely chopped few



  • Dry roast rava on a medium heat until it turns crunchy. Stir often in between to prevent burning.
  • While it toasts, Wash, deseed and chop tomatoes. Slice onions and green chilies.
  • Set the rava aside.

Making tomato upma

  • Heat the same pan with oil or ghee.
  • Add cumin, mustard, dals and cashews. Saute all together until golden.
  • Then add onions, curry leaves and green chilies. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Sprinkle hing.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric and salt. Saute for 2 mins. Cook covered on a medium heat until they turn mushy.
  • Pour water and bring it to a boil. Taste the water and adjust the salt. The water must be slightly salty.
  • When the water comes to a boil, turn the fire to medium. Slowly pour the rava in a stream stirring with the other hand using a ladle. Stir well to check there are no lumps.
  • Cook covered on a medium heat until the water is absorbed.
  • Stir well. Add some ghee & chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve tomato upma hot or warm.


Video of tomato upma recipe

The below video is to make 4 servings but the method made is same.


Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 9.1% | Vitamin C: 95.3% | Calcium: 10% | Iron: 51.5%