Tomato Upma


  • Bombay Rawa – 1 cup
  • Tomato – 2 Nos
  • Onion – 1
  • Green Chillies – 2
  • Fresh ginger – a small piece
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Oil – 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Cashew Nuts – few (optional)
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  1. Chop onion, ginger and tomatos finely. Slit green chillies lengthwise.
  2. In a frying pan (kadai), put a tablespoon of oil and fry the rawa till it changes its colour. Remove it and keep it.
  3. In the same frying pan, put the remaining oil and when it is hot, add the mustard. When it pops up, add cashew nuts and dhals and fry till it turns light brown. Add chopped onion, chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Fry till onions are transparent. Then add tomato pieces and fry till it mashes well. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well. Add three cups of water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, slowly add the fried rawa and stir continuously till it absorbs all the water and form like a ball.
  4. Serve with coconut chutney or sambar.


  1. In Bangalore there is a famous dish on most of the menu card in hotels with the name Chow Chow Bath…actually chow chow means chayote…but this dish is not made or related with chow chow… The serving plate consists a scoop of rawa upma/uppittu and a scoop of rawa kesari/kesari bath. This combination is called as chow chow bath. Sooji fine/small rawa – 1 cupSugar – 2 cupsWater – 3 cupsFood colour(Orange) – a dash/pinchGhee -3 – 4 tbspOil – 1 tbspCashew & Raisins – few pieces eachCardamom powder – a pinch Dry roast sooji in a kadai till light brown/pink….keep aside…heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a kadai and fry cashew and raisins…when they turn light brown…remove and keep aside….in the same kadai with ghee add 3 cups of water and food colour….allow the water to boil and bubble up well…once it does then reduce flame and add roasted rawa slowly and stirring constantly … so they do not form any lumps…cook for 4 – 5 minutes and then add sugar…it will turn watery, but will thicken after few minutes….add remaining ghee and a tbsp of oil ( using oil in kesari is optional…the ghee will thicken the rawa kesari after sometime…adding oil will just loosen its texture and avoid the sticking part)…..cook for another 3 – 4 minutes and finally add cardamom powder and fried cashew/raisins.

  2. Maria Ramesh


  3. Hi mam

    I am a great fan of your recipes..i made upma was really tasty…

    thank you

  4. Hai Kamalakka,

    I found your site yesterday only and I just tried this Upma. It really tastes well..!! Am very happy that everyday from now onwards I can cook new, simple, delicious recipes with your help. My husband is so happy that I started experimenting with new dishes.

    Thanks a lot Kamalakka…. !!
    And my prayers and best wishes are with you always…


  5. Hi Kamala,

    Can you please give me a good recipe for soya nuggets as my son loves it. Your recipes are very good. Thanks for your lovely website.

  6. Excellent recipe!

  7. kamala mam…………………

    this reciepe is realy taste…..i love it thank u a lot

  8. Geetha Gopal

    Hi Kamala madam, I do not know your age, that is why I address you mam. Daily I go through your recipe even though I cook well. I tried some of your recipe and all came out very well. Good job keep it up and post new recipes. congrats!

    • Hi Geetha Gopal,

      Thank you for writing. I am a grand mother of two and quite old. You can check about me at “About Us” in my website.

  9. Hi Kamala

    Thanks again for another authentic recipe. I made it this morning for breakfast with slight modifications. I added 1 tsp of sugar to the boiling water as i find that it enhances the taste. I also have a problem with putting in the semolina in the boiling water as I tend to get some lumps, so I add the semolina prior to putting the water, mix it well and then in a separate pot I have the boiling water which I pour over it and quickly mix it well. This way I overcome the lumps problem.
    The proportion of water to semolina is just right. Thank you for that, as earlier I got my water proportions wrong.

    • Hi Tasneem,

      Thank you for sharing your method of cooking. Yes. When we prepare rawa upma/kichadi in large quantity, I follow your method. Even for preparing Kesari, I follow the above method.

  10. Hai kamala
    Ur recipes r very delicious i hav tried few came out very wel ,can u pls giv me some panneer recipes

  11. hai madam
    thank you for all the can u clarify which javvarisi should be used for javvarisi upma?
    thank you.

  12. Oh…how nice..I tried..taste it..thank u mam….

  13. Hi Kamala, I recently discovered your food blog. I tried making tomato puma which tasted awesome. Thank you for providing us with heavenly recipes. I look forward to try many others.

  14. Sorry ! Had Typing mistake upma and not puma 😉

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