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MTR Style Kharabath

A flavourful rava upma with vegetables and a freshly made spice mix that will leave you craving for more!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword 30 minute meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 2 tbsp oil use a neutral oil like vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee substitute with oil for a vegan version
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1.5 tsp channa dal
  • 2 tbsp chopped cashews
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp grated ginger about 1 inch
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup rava/semolina
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, finely chopped i use a mix of carrots, beans, peas, capsicum
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions optional, but recommended
  • 1-2 tbsp saaru podi depending on your preferred spice level
  • 1.5 cups hot water use hot boiling water straight from a kettle or another vessel
  • 1 tsp salt
  • coriander leaves, coconut and lemon for garnish


  • Prepare the vegetables - chop mixed vegetables, onions, grate ginger and slit the green chillies.
  • In a pot, keep 1.5 cups water to boil.
  • Place a 2 litre pressure cooker on medium flame. Add the oil and saute mustard, urad, chana dal till golden brown.
  • Add ginger, onions, curry leaves, vegetables and saute for a minute.
  • Add rava, cashews and saute until the cashews turn brown. This indicates the rava is roasted too.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp saaru podi, salt to taste and stir well to combine. This whole process takes about 5 minutes so far.
  • Once the water has come to a boil, add it to the pressure cooker and close with the whistle/weight on it.
  • Turn off the flame and keep the cooker closed off the flame ( yes, you read that right).
  • Open after 20 minutes for a delicious, fluffy upma! Use a fork to lightly fluff the upma
  • Add coriander leaves, a sprinkle of fresh coconut and a little lemon juice (optional) for garnish.


  • This recipe does need this must fat. Do not try skimp on it else rava tastes starchy and gooey. For a perfect rava upma, fat is essential. 
  • If you are making it for a special day, I highly recommend adding an additional spoon of ghee at the end. 
  • Instead of rava, wheat rava (samba rava) can also be used. I do this often and it may take slightly more water ( about 1.75 cups), so keep that in mind when trying.