Instant Upma Mix

The roasted mix
The cooked semolina ready to be served


  • 3 cups coarse semolina
  • 1 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A big pinch of asafoetida powder
  • 5-6 dry red chillies
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped
  • 4-5 tbsp cashew nuts (can add more or less)
  • 3-4 tbsp peanuts (optional)
  • 4 tbsp ghee/oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat ghee/oil in a wide wok
  2. Add Chana dal and urad dal
  3. Roast on low to medium flame until slightly brown
  4. Add dry red chillies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida powder
  5. Sauté until seeds crackle on low flame
  6. Stir in green chilli and cashew nuts and cook on low heat until cashews are golden
  7. Now add the semolina and cook on low flame for about 5-7 minutes
  8. It will become aromatic and golden
  9. There should be no raw smell
  10. Add salt and mix well
  11. Remove from heat
  12. Let the mix cool properly and store in airtight jar in refrigerator

To Cook the Instant Upma Mix –

  • Boil 2.5 cups of water for 1 cup of the above mix
  • Add the mix into the boiling water
  • Stir and cook for a minute
  • Mix well without lumps
  • Cover for 2 minutes
  • Fluff it up with a fork and serve immediately
  • Can add diced fresh or frozen vegetables like carrot, peas, French beans, etc. In that case, add a little more water, boil the vegetables and then add the roasted semolina

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