Fluffy mixed vegetable upma

upma with farro and vegetables
Simple satisfying semolina based upma is an absolute pleasure to have any time of the day.  Saying this,I have to be honest and say that I am the only one in the house who will say this. My family members have particular preferences when it comes to upma. One likes it with onions, one with coconut. My dad can only have upma when he has banana around and he prefers a vegetable added one with freshly grated coconut. This is the beauty of upma, you can vary it anyway and it still works.
Few tricks up my sleeve are I use leftover upma in wraps and stuffings on those days I like to call it a warm salad😉
The upma leftovers are perfect with some boiled potatoes to make tiny little nugget like appetizers.

Sambha godhambu upma

 My version.

To satisfy all the flavour profiles in my house I do add a collection of vegetables and serve with almond chutney. One or many veggies or as many as you want from the garden works too.
 Personally, I like Sambha wheat rava over the semolina in the upma. The Sambha, sooji godhambu is a long variety of wheat often used in the broken form in India. Sometimes known as Jave or Khapli these wheat grains have higher fibre content and are more filling than the regular refined semolina. As far as I understand this is Farro or Emmer wheat, which is an ancient grain.
Upma with Farro
This steam cooked, fluffy warmth of a bowl of upma is something I am frequenting this winter. Quick to make after a long workday, with all the savoury elements are now being loved on most Friday evenings. Better off, pair it with the Pesarattu and that is a wholesome meal.
Here is the recipe for Pesarattu –Andhra Pesarattu- green gram crepes
To serve, try out this Almond chutney recipe on the side –Almond chutney
Check out the recipes and do let us know how yours turned out. Tag us on social media and we will be happy to be a part of your journey. 
upma with farro and vegetables

Fluffy mixed vegetable upma

made with broken farro (sambha) wheat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Soups and salad
Cuisine Autumn, Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, Fusion, Indian, Karnataka, Kerala, One pot, Pressure cooker, South indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 175 kcal


Main ingredients

  • 1 cup broken wheat farro broken, dalia or sambha godhambu
  • 1.5 cups mixed vegetable
  • 2.5 cups drinking water
  • salt to taste

tempering needs

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root finely chopped
  • 1-2 Green chillies chopped or slit
  • 8-10 cashewnuts broken
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida

to garnish

  • 1 tbsp grated coconut fresh grated is better
  • 1 tsp coriander leaves chopped


  • Wash and chop all the vegetables you prefer to go in the upma. I commonly use onion, tomato, carrots, beans, potato and peas.
  • Clean and finely chop the ginger. Wash the green chillies and chop or slit them. Clean and wash the curry leaves. tear them for a better aroma.
  • Into a pan add the coconut oil and when it warms up add the urad dal and mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard crackles add the curry leaves, chillies, ginger, cashew nuts and hing
  • Saute till onions turn translucent and add the mixed vegetables.
  • Saute them well and add salt
  • Add the water, cover and bring to a boil. This will help to cook the finely chopped veggies.
  • When the water is on a rolling boil stream in the roasted wheat rava and keep stirring so no lumps are formed.
    Emmer wheat
  • Immediately cover the pan and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • This will allow the broken wheat to fluff up and cook in steam.
  • After about 4-5 minutes the water will be absorbed and the upma nearly ready.
  • open the lid and mix the upma gently. Add the coriander leaves and coconut and stir in.
  • Serve hot with almond chutney or stuff a few persarattu with it.
    Sambha godhambu upma


The other vegetables you can use in this are sweet potato, snow peas, cauliflower, asparagus or corn.
You can totally avoid the coconut if you don't like it or the coriander.


Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0.02mgSodium: 484mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5g
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