Cabbage Rava Upma Recipe

Cabbage Upma

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Cabbage Rava Upma is one of the recent add-ons to our Menu. I know many run a mile when spoken about Upmas. Luckily I am not one of those. Even though it’s not something I really remembered eating much while growing up, I remember relishing it as Amma’s Upmas are classic. I know I always sing Amma’s expertise in the kitchen, there are many who sing along with me. One among them is Athamma, who keeps asking her to make Upma as she simply loves how Amma makes.

Since I am so fixed on Menus and plans, Upma found a permanent place on our menu, for Saturday night. I know many would think of a romantic dinner for a Saturday Night, I would be wanting a simpler one at times. By Upma I always mean the one with Rava and by luck, my Upmas also turn out well, so Hubby Dear welcomes that. To remove the boredom, I do keep rotating with other things. And when it comes to Upma, we wanted to try something, so came about Cabbage Upma.

Yes, I love cabbage, especially as Cabbage Moong Dal Poriyal, Cabbage Kootu, I was sceptical about it being in an upma. I am not adventurous when it comes to my taste buds. So it was with thought that being a Food blogger, I must be open to a certain level of experimentation. Ok, only to the extent I can accept. Must say this surely passed the test as it was included in the menu.

Cabbage Upma

Cabbage Rava Upma

Course Breakfast
Cuisine South Indian
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Meals for Two
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Upma Varieties
Author Srivalli


  • 1 cup Semolina /Rava
  • 1/2 cup Cabbage chopped
  • 1/4 cup Onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp Tomatoes chopped
  • Curry Leaves handful
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal
  • 5 Cashew Nuts
  • 5 nos Green Chillies
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Cooking Oil
  • 2 tsp Ghee


  • Heat a non stick pan with 1 tsp ghee, roast the rava till it turns colour for about 2 mins. Remove to a bowl.
  • In the same bowl, heat the oil, temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, cashews and saute for 2 secs, then add the chopped onions, green chilies and curry leaves.
  • Saute everything till the onions slightly change colour, then add the chopped cabbage and combine everything. When everything gets nicely cooked, add the tomatoes and stir well.
  • Now add the water, salt and bring to a boil. Add the roasted rava and simmer to mix. Cook on low flame for 10 mins. Add the ghee at the end.
  • Serve hot with chutneys.
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  1. Very interesting addition of cabbage in upma Valli. I’m always ready to try new combinations at least once — after tasting I decide whether it is worth trying the second time or not 🙂 But I think I’ve always been an adventurous eater and wouldn’t mind trying anything as long as it is vegetarian 🙂

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