Upma Recipe | How to Make Vegetable Upma

by Rachna
how to make upma

Upma or uppittu as it is called here in Bangalore is a favourite breakfast in the South. It is traditionally made with rava or cream of wheat. But in my home we make this version of vegetable upma with broken wheat or dalia most often.

Personally, I am not too fond of upma, but this upma recipe made using broken wheat or dalia is pretty nice both texture wise and taste wise. Since I started making this, I also tried other versions with millets and vermicelli that have turned out good.

You can check out these recipes: shavige bath or vermicelli upma, barley upma, baryard millet upma and foxtail millet upma. This upma recipe is a one-pot meal. Have it with boiled eggs for the perfect breakfast or light lunch. It is a favourite of my husband’s and hence is made regularly at home.

upma recipe

This is how to make upma:

how to make upma

Healthy Upma Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This delicious upma recipe is a popular breakfast at my home. Try my version with broken wheat that is of a nicer texture and is healthier.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast | Snack
Cuisine Karnataka | South Indian
Servings 4
Calories 253 kcal


  • 1 cup broken wheat couscous or dalia
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 to matoes finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies slit in half
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp. urad dal split black lentil
  • 1 tsp. chana dal split Bengal gram
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup vegetables finely chopped beans, carrots, mushroom


  • 1 tbsp. cilantro finely chopped


  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow to sputter. Add cumin seeds, urad dal and chana dal and fry till golden. Add curry leaves and then add onion. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add split green chillies and tomatoes along with chopped vegetables and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Now add broken wheat and fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add about 3 cups of water. Also add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook.
  • It takes about 15-20 minutes for the broken wheat to cook. You may add more water if needed.
  • Once cooked, taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve hot.
  • Your upma is ready to serve.


  1. You can add any vegetables that you like. You can also use boiled vegetables that you can add later when the broken wheat is almost cooked.
  2. You can reduce the number of green chillies if you so like.
  3. If you want it spicier, you can add a tbsp. of ginger-garlic paste when frying onion.
  4. This tastes best when hot but it can be had later as well. I often pack it in lunchbox.


Nutrition Facts
Healthy Upma Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 83mg4%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 16.4mg20%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hope you liked this upma recipe and will try it at home. We normally have it with boiled eggs to make it a well balanced meal.

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Shilpa Garg -

5 stars
Broken wheat upma is in our regular breakfast menu. I dont add urad dal and chana dal in dalia but I do use it in rawa upma. Will add them next time. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Rachna!

Kalpana solsi -

I make this broken wheat uppittu/upma mostly with dinner. Adding boiled eggs at the side is a great idea. I will have it..we love eggs. Adding vegetables makes it a complete meal.


Kaddu -

I love rawa upma.We usually have it with tea and toast, or dahi-chutney and toast. But I don’t make it traditional way. I add a lot of veggies in it, and no peanuts or the chana dal.
I also like dalia upma and oats upma.

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