We first tasted this Sooji Biryani about 3-4 years back at a friend's place and instantly fell in love with it. The traditional upma no longer figures on our menu card! This surely qualifies as a one-pot meal, quick breakfast or a light dinner. 

The other day we had this for dinner along with my sister's family and they too relished it. Though the look and feel is the same as the regular upma, the addition of spices makes a distinct difference and is sure to tickle your taste buds.

Ingredients - 

Sooji 2 1/2 cups
Mixed Vegetables 1 cup
Onion chopped 1/2 cup
Tomato Chopped 1/2 cup
Mint leaves chopped 1-2 Tbsp
Salt as needed
Green chillies 4-5 (or as needed)
Water 5 cups
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
Lemon Juice 2 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Cloves 5-6, Cinnamon 1 inch, Bay leaf 1)

Method Of Preparation - 

In a heated Wok/Kadai/Sauce pan add oil and the rest of the seasoning in that order and let the mustard seeds crackle.

Saute the chopped onions until golden brown. Add the chopped green chillies and mint leaves to the onions.

Add the mixed veggies to the above mixture. (I like to boil the mixed veggies separately and reduce the cooking time).

After the veggies are cooked, add the tomatoes and Sooji (Bombay rava/Semolina).

Fry the Sooji for about 3-4 minutes until it mixes well with the veggies and changes to a nice golden color.

Add 5 cups of water (or less if you like the biryani to be powdery; we like it a little soft) and add salt as per taste. 

Add garam masala and mix well so there are no lumps and let the water boil. Cover it with a lid and reduce the flame.

The Sooji-Upma biryani style would bowl you over in 5 min! Don't forget to squeeze in the lemon juice in the end.

Preparation time 20 min
Serves 4 Adults
Posted by Harini on Monday, November 22, 2010


  1. aipi Says:
  2. perfect one pot meal..nice recipe!

    US Masala

  3. Tahemeem Says:
  4. A perfect sunday lunch :)
    Bookmarked :)

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Would love to have upma this way, very tempting..

  7. suji upma was never my favourite, but this one is very appealing---bookmarked :)

  8. Lovely twist to the regular upma..

  9. Pari Vasisht Says:
  10. DH also likes this kind of Upma, and my kids call it red Upma at our place. I make a spicy version using the palya podi, if u want u can check it in my other blog kitchen-basics. I am sure this Upma must have tasted good.

  11. Anonymous Says:
  12. one of the common Indian Snacks, really fast to prepare.

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