Godhuma (Wheat) Rava – Tomato Upma

Wheat rava upma aka Tomato Upma, an Indian breakfast dish made with cracked wheat aka dalia and tomatoes

This past week has been flu time at our home. My to-do list never seems to end. Summer is officially here, its HOT and HUMID (Vizag being a coastal city) and its only early March. So its comfort food for me this week to ease the stress. Comforting, wholesome and filling is how I’d describe wheat rawa upma. This is one of the simplest and quickest breakfast foods you can prepare. Using cracked wheat to prepare upma is a refreshing change from the monotony of semolina which is more fast-cooking than cracked wheat. Upma is very versatile and is receptive to so many possible variations.

I prepared it with the standard upma seasoning redolent with the fresh flavor of curry leaves and green chillis, and tomatoes being the flavor enhancer. You can also have a citrus-infused upma by adding a tbsp or two of lemon juice and omit the tomatoes. How do you like your upma? A gooey creamy mass or a more dry, loose texture upma (it goes by the term ‘vidi vidi upma’ in telugu)? I enjoy both types.:)

Wheat Ravva Tomato Upma Recipe

Prep & Cooking Time: 25 mts

Serves 3-4 persons

Cuisine: South Indian



1 1/2 cups wheat rava

1 finely sliced large onion

1 large tomato, finely chopped

3-4 slit green chillis

1″ ginger finely chopped

1 tbsp ghee or oil

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

3 3/4 to 4 cups water

salt to taste

For seasoning:

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp bengal gram

1 tbsp black gram dal

12-15 curry leaves

1 Heat oil or ghee in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add bengal gram, black gram, curry leaves and saute them till the dals turn red and a nice aroma emanates the kitchen.
2 Add the sliced onions, green chillis and ginger and saute for 2 mts.
3 Add the chopped tomatoes and saute on medium heat for 4 mts. Add salt and water and bring to a boil before adding the wheat ravva.
4 Now, reduce heat and slowly add the wheat ravva to the water and mix it continuously so that lumps don’t form and it combines well with the water.
5 Cover with lid and let it simmer for 12 mts. Turn off heat. Combine well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
6 Serve hot. You can also serve with chutney, sugar or pickle of your choice.


You can use mixed vegetables of your choice like beans, potatoes, carrots, peas
Top off with grated coconut
Toasted cashewnuts or roasted peanuts
Drizzle some lemon juice after turning off heat


Oil can replace the ghee. Wheat rawa requires more water to cook than semolina/sooji and the ratio is 1:2 1/2, i.e 1 cup wheat rawa requires 2 1/2 cups of water to cook. For a more gooey upma, add another half a cup of water.

Godhuma (Wheat) Rava – Tomato Upma

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  wheat rava


  • http://www.mydiversekitchen.blogspot.com Aparna

    Actually, I do prefer this version of upuma and with lots of vegetables. It is very filling too.
    We are feeling the heat here, though we’ve had some showers over the last 2 days!

  • http://www.onehotstove.blogspot.com Nupur

    I love all types of upma- especially with a sprinkling of crunchy sev on top ๐Ÿ™‚ Your version looks so tempting- my tummy is growling ๐Ÿ˜€

  • http://www.cookingandme.blogspot.com Nags

    that looks lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://www.samaithupaarkalaam.blogspot.com Kalai

    Looks delicious and I’m not a huge fan of upma! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • girijan


    Hope you & your family members fully recovered from the flu.
    Again, this should be nice. Today is Ekadasi fasting for me, my breakfast tomorrow is your recipe. I’ll pray to share part of the reward of my fasting to you. Madam, by the way, can we substitute the wheat rava with ‘leftover rice’?

    We are doing much better, thank you. I’m afraid cooked left over rice will not work for a upma recipe. You can use the seasoning base with onions and tomatoes and combine the left over cooked rice (don’t add any water). You can even add pinch of garam masala pwd or just a small cinnamon stick for added flavor during the tempering process.

  • http://maneadige.blogspot.com Ramya’s Mane Adige

    Yummm!!! Love the picture of your upma… Those tomatoes look so good in there!!!

  • http://www.paajaka.com Mythreyee

    A typical south Indian lovely and healthy dish.

  • http://snackorama.blogspot.com Hima

    When I was in hyderabad this used to be my daily breakfast. Believe me or not, daily. After coming to US I failed to find good quality wheat rava. It smells odd here. Even the ones bought from Indian groceries stores. I am waiting for my mom to bring some rava on her trip to US. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe Sailu.

  • gigli

    wow.. that looks so yum!!! sailu , urs is one site that i always rely on because i know all ur recipes when done as per ur direction, in the end it always tastes good unlike other blogs which have good presentation but post prepration they turn out be a total disaster!!!. u rock big time keep it up… since the time i have come akros ur site, i have tried, tested the recipes and i have almost sent the links to all my friends and guess what they all give me the same feedback as mine…:)
    well sailu can u post a recipe on how to make soft and fluffy chapathis..
    plz.. i have been trying out here it always turns out hard after half an hour or so…

  • http://www.meesosweetandspicy.blogspot.com meeso

    I always love to eat anything like this, and I haven’t in awhile, so this is making me crave it badly…It’s such a yummy pic!

  • prabha


    this my favourite recipe, u know we can also make pulihora with this, that also will be really tastier.

    my mom used to make this for me, but i never tried upma, thanks after seeing this i tried and came out well.

  • http://www.curryinkadai.blogspot.com kalva

    great one Sailu,,, i would some ginger too.. it adds another layer of flavor!!

  • http://masalamagic.blogspot.com Latha

    upma is my all time favorite Sailu! Any form is good! your upma looks inviting! Pakkalo oka cup coffee unte – that would be swargam!

  • http://funnfud.blogspot.com Mansi

    That looks really comforting Sailu! I love upma a lot!:)

    btw, I’m hosting WBB-Balanced Breakfast event on my blog, and would be honored if you could find some time to participate! do check it out:)

  • http://spice-club.blogspot.com Cham

    Ur upma looks so yum and rich in flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://www.spicytasty.com/ shriya

    Its my all time fav, very healthy and a great dish for dinner. As usual picture is great sailu.

  • http://www.musicalskitchen.blogspot.com Musical

    I love all types of upma :-D. It just has to be that, upma :). Tomato upma with hot pickles is an eternal b’fast favorite. I can have it for every meal :).Lovely picture and recipe, will make it for b’fast on weekend.

    Hope you and your family are feeling better now.

  • http://www.arunshanbhag.com Arun Shanbhag

    Thank you Sailu for this beautiful recipe.
    Upma is one of my favorite dishes, alas, M does not like it much; so I have to literally beg her to make Upma.
    Your recipe looks delectable and will see if she will try this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!

    BTW, M is also a big fan of your recipes; every time I get served a new dish, she says, “its from sailu’s site”
    then I know it must be good!

  • http://sreevadlamudi.blogspot.com Sushma

    get well soon.

  • Malini

    Hi Saileja,
    I have been reading all your recipes for quite a few months but have never posted any comments. I really enjoy the food you make and also all your photos – they look really professional. I really wonder how do you get the time to cook so much and how you have so much passion for cooking – I cook one time and then the next time get so bored that i just make a simple something very fundamental..
    When you have time, do create a section for good / healthy food combinations – so that one meal can have all the required nutrition contents – like protein, vitamins ..etc (these days I always get bothered about whether I am giving adequate nutritious meal to my family)..

    Thanks for your wonderful website..

  • VikasK

    What is wheat rava?

  • lavanya

    Hi saileja,
    It is the first time i am reading your recipes. They are good. Specially UPMA seeing the picture itself i wanted to eat. Just waiting to finish my office hours, the first thing i will to after reaching home is to prepare UPMA and eat.
    Thank you for the recipes.

  • Praveen

    Thank you very much, this is much healthier than other versions of Upma.

  • food lover

    Looks very nice. Just a quick question. Is wheat rava same as bulgar?
    Love your blog.

    I am not sure about bulgar. I think it is a form of cracked wheat.

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  • Sumna

    Hi Sailaja, Can you please provide us how to make instant upma ravva mix. When I was in masters, one of my roomate’s mom use to send us instant upma ravva mix, which we used to pour in boiling water, and used to taste very good as well.

  • Mrudula

    Hi Sailaja,

    I like the vidi vidi upma.. I tried this recipe and it make out like that using cracked wheat.. But for the regular suji ravva upma, what is the ravva to water ratio to get vidi vidi upma. I usually use 1:2 and it becomes Gooey .. Can you please let me know.. I tasted that type of upma in a temple and wanted to try that from long time …


  • project midas

    Mujey UPMA dedo!
    – Kesar Singh

  • appy

    yum….After tasting this recipe, I have began to love sooji upma…:)Thanks for the magical recipe

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