Gluten Free Upma

Gluten Free Upma

Upma is traditionally made for breakfast in South Indian homes . Its main component is Rava or Cream of wheat. To make this gluten free, i have swapped the Rava for cream of rice or Idli Rava which is easily available at Indian grocery stores. This is a mild tasting but very filling breakfast. You can add more vegetables if you like.

Makes: 2 servings


1/2 cup Cream of Rice /Idli Rava
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 green chili finely chopped
1/2 inch piece ginger finely grated
1/2 cup peas
salt to taste
1 tsp. sugar
handful of raisins and cashew nuts(optional)
Chopped cilantro for garnish
1 tbsp. oil


Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.
Temper with mustard seeds and let them pop.
Add chopped onions and sauté till soft. Add grated ginger and chopped chilies.
Add raisins and cashew nuts if using.
Add peas and the water. Let it come to a boil.
Flavor it with salt and sugar.
Add the idli rava and stir to mix well.
Lower the heat to low. Put on a lid and let it cook for about 5 mins.
The Idli rava will absorb all the water.
Switch off the gas and let sit covered for additional 5 mins.
Serve the upma garnished with cilantro and a wedge of lime.(optional)

Gluten Free Upma


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