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Uppudu Pindi (Rice Rava Upma – 1)

As kids, many of us tend to be more picky on the food we eat, and so was I all the time. You know what? When I was a child, upma was the only breakfast item that I hated (not any more now) and that was a favorite one for my lil brother. Since younger ones get to win the game, I always had to eat the normal sooji upma when mom makes it. But neverthless to make me feel happy mom used to make this variation of upma atleast once a week, most of the times on Saturdays when she fasts. It is called Uppudu pindi and is made with coarsely ground rice also called as “biyyam ravva” or “rice ravva”. It’s a simple yet delicious breakfast and also makes a great evening snack. Want to make it more healthy? Add diced carrots, green peas, green beans, potatoes to make it more nutritious. The good part about it is, it does’nt take a lot of your time, so when you are back home tired and want to whip up a quick meal or for bachelors out there :) who want to finish up with a handful of ingredients, do try this and I bet you’ll love it. Why did I call this “rice rava upma -1”? Well, my mom makes 2 versions of this one with moong dal and the other one without. Today I’m going to take you thru the recipe with moong dal and it is cooked in a pressure cooker. While cooking in a cooker, if you happen to see a nice golden brown crispy layer of the upma at the bottom of the pressure cooker do not throw that away. It tastes so good trust me :).


2 cups rice ravva,

5-6 tbsps of cooking oil

½ tbsp mustard seeds (avalu)

½ tbsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1 cup moong dal (pesarapappu)

10-12 curry leaves

3-4 dried red chillies (tear into pieces) – adjust to your spice levels

1 medium onion (finely sliced). – If you have sometime use peeled off shallots. It tastes amazing.

6 green chillies (slit into halve lengthwise) – adjust  to your spice levels

5 cups of water

Salt to taste


A Pressure cooker

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