Upma Sooji (Cream of Wheat)

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Upma Sooji is a great dish for breakfast or brunch.

Serving for 2.

Upma Sooji (cream of wheat) Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup sooji (rawa, semolina flour)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seed (rai)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed (jeera)
  • 20 peanuts
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to your taste
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania)

Method:

  1. Boil the green peas in 1 1/4 cup of water.
  2. As water comes to boil turn heat to low and continue cooking until peas are tender.
  3. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready. Add black mustard seed and cumin seed.
  5. Add mustard seed and cumin seeds as seeds crack, add peanuts and stir for one minute.
  6. Add sooji and stir-fry about 3 minutes on medium heat till sooji turns gold brown.
  7. Add green peas with water a little at a time, otherwise water will splatter.
  8. Add lemon juice and cover for 2 minutes.
  9. Sooji will absorb some of the water leaving the upma moist.
  10. Now add the cilantro and stir. Serve while hot.

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34 thoughts on “Upma Sooji (Cream of Wheat)

  1. Hi. Thanks for so wonderful Prasadam recipes. I live in Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 and found almost all the ingredients here, but I have a question, I can’t have gluten ( nor my grandkids, daughter and a few friends) so I can change the recipie to cornmeal instead of semolina? I already did it for the Halwa and is great. Thank you again for everything.

  2. I must say Manjula that this dish us truly one of my favorites. I was born to Puerto Rican parents in the states. I worked for a wonderful medical professional, who was Indian. She introduced me to your culture and food. I fell in love! I now try my best to recreate the wonderful food. Thankfully, I can through your site amd your wonderful recipes. Thank you, Manjula. Stay blessed!

  3. Manjulaji i have tried many of your recipes and they all turn out very well.Rawa upma also turned out delicious.In this i also added chopped tomatoes for a nice colour

  4. This recipe ruined my upma. I followed it and cut the peppers. However at no place the recipe mention to put the cut peppers. When I was at the last or second last step and saw green peppers on the side I rechecked the recipe and there was no step to put green peppers. Then I put the green peppers along with peas but it was too late and it was a disaster.

    1. Vinnie, for ANY recipe always read the method completely ahead of time to catch any problems or questions before you start cooking, baking, whatever. Further, watching the videos is very helpful too. Try the upma again. It should turn out well next time.

  5. I made this upma today without onions like in this recipe and it came out better than when I use onions! I have always used onions and decided to see how it would be without, and I really liked it. 🙂

  6. Hello didi i tried your so many dishes, u know every one praised me .thanks

    i have one question at my home peanut, and cashewnut are little wet( thode soft) we can not eat how can i use these things .

    Thanks & regards

  7. Hello aunty !!
    I’m a kids food stylist , i have linked your Sooji Upma post in my blog. pl go thru my blog wud love to hear ur expert comments…..
    littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com/

    Regards
    Smita srivastava

  8. Hi Manjula
    Your recipes are really great and very easy to follow. Thanks heaps. I’m wondering where I can buy a pizza stone?
    Thanks
    Anita
    Melbourne

    1. Hi. Im not sure about Australia- But in US, one can buy from Target, Linens N Things and you wont believe it but from Bed bath and beyond!!!! they can be a little expensive – anything from 20-30 bucks. You can also chk on ebay for cheaper rates. Check this link :http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/search/search.aspx?order_num=-1&sstr=Pizza+stone&dim=1&nty=1& .
      Also, check in Walmart. recently, one of my friend said that she got it from there. Thanks-
      Anusha

      1. You can also get stones from http://www.pamperedchef.com The ones sold at the stores listed above have metal in them that can catch on fire if “pizza” is not cooked on them and also will absorb metal into the foods. The Pampered Chef stones are all clay base and can cook any type of food on them safely. I have had stones from them for years and they just season themselves with easy cleanup.

  9. very very impressive and easy to understand. the use of basic homely available items used for receipe made it to unstand easily.

    1. Hi, Normally I separate the coriander leaves from stem and then wash leaves and dry it on paper. Once leaves are dry , i store it in a tight plastic container and store it in fridge for a week to 10 days. Until today, they have never been spoilt.
      Thanks
      Anusha

  10. Are there two kinds of sooji? I used fine sooji and it tasted more like a dessert then upma. Please advise. Thankyou.

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