Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)
Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC) is a life savior for lazy mornings when you still need to make upma πŸ˜‰and want your family to eat without saying no πŸ˜†.

Recently I saw a Whatsapp video, in which they were interviewing candidates for a 24-hour non-stop job with no payment 😜 , and of course, in the end, it reveals out to be a mom's job. This video paused me for a second to make me think, my days were also going crazy......similar to what the interviewer told about a mom's job in that WhatsApp video. Non-stop running, piles of work, loads of responsibility,...the list goes on and on. I am too would agree to this😊. 

Suddenly, Corona emerged and lockdown started. Now, the situation is completely different. Yes, all moms are super busy and there is no denying to it. However, we got some time to deviate from our routines and think about things that were really impossible before.  

Be it doing dishes, or baking a cake for your kiddo, we sure are trying hands on things that are completely different. Isn't it?

My lockdown days are starting leisurely with a cup of hot coffee, AR Rahman songs, pencil sketching, and "refreshing Maths" after my degree........ apart from regular sweeping mopping and dishes πŸ˜‰. In fact, I was amazed to see my sketches and planning to take up a drawing course too 😊. If you wanna peep at my is my Instagram link

Coming to our recipe of the day, Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC). This is my mom's special recipe that we loved a lot "me and my sister". This recipe popped in my mind during one of the lazy mornings and there was absolutely zero idli- dosa batter 😱.

I know if you prepare normal upma, the whole family will show a big"no-no signboard" and this yummy Tomato upma comes for your rescue.

Try it out at your home and leave your comments πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š


  • 2 cups Rava/Sooji/Semolina
  • 4 Tomatoes ( 2 naatti variety and 2 hybrid variety)
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1-inch piece Ginger (skin peeled)
  • A spring of Curry leaves
  • 1/2  Cup Corriander Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 4.5 cups of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Channa dal
  • 1 tablespoon Urad dal
  • A pinch Hing
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 laddle Oil


1) Heat ghee in the kadai/wok, add rava and roast it till nice aroma.

2) Once done, transfer the rava to a plate and set aside.

3) Grind Tomatoes, green chilies, and ginger to a fine paste.

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)

4) Heat the kadai with oil and add mustard seeds to crackle. 

5) Then add, channa dal, Urad dal, Hing, Turmeric powder and mix well by maintaining a medium flame.

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)

6) Now, pour the ground tomato puree and add curry leaves to the kadai. Leave it to cook till you see oil separating from the tomato puree. Maintain medium flame throughout this process with occasional stirring to avoid getting burnt.

7) Next, sprinkle corriander leaves and mix well.

8) Add enough water and salt to the tomato mixture. Leave it to boil a few minutes to allow the salt to get dissolved.

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)

9) Now, add the roasted rava to the kadai and keep stirring.

10) Keep stirring the upma until the water is absorbed by rava and you see the upma consistency.

Serve hot Tomato Rava Upma with Coconut chutney.

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)


1) Since this recipe is a no onion recipe, I have not added onion. You can add one finely chopped onion while tempering and fry till translucent then add tomato puree.

2) If you prefer to grind coriander leaves along with tomato paste, please go ahead 😊

3) I have not added red chilies while tempering, however, if you want an extra spicy upma then add red chillies while tempering or even red chilli powder according to your preference.

4) This recipe demands more oil since we are frying the tomato puree till it leaves oil on sides.

5) I have taken equal quantities of nattu/natti tomato and hybrid tomatoes. Since Nattu/Natti variety gives sour taste and hybrid gives nice colour.

Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)
Easy Tomato Rava Upma (NO ONION NO GARLIC)

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