Kothamalli Rava Upma Recipe - Coriander Semolina Pudding

Make this delicious Kothamalli Rava Upma Recipe and serve it along with South Indian Coconut Chutney and Banana Date Smoothie Recipe for a wholesome breakfast.

Archana Doshi
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Kothamalli Rava Upma Recipe is a twist to the usual upma recipes that South Indians prepare for breakfast. Fresh coriander leaves are ground to a smooth paste and then cooked along with sautéed onions to create a delicious and rich flavor. You can also add some roasted cashew nuts for the added texture. The recipe will give you a wonderful start when it is had with ground coconut chutney.

Serve the Kothamalli Rava Upma Recipe along with South Indian Coconut Chutney and Banana Date Smoothie Recipe  for a wholesome breakfast.

If you are looking for more Upma Recipes here are some:

  1. Vegetable Semiya Upma Recipe
  2. Upma Kozhukattai Recipe
  3. Karnataka Style Sooji Upma Recipe With Coconut

Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Course: South Indian Breakfast
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Sooji (Semolina/ Rava)
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chilli , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon Black Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • Salt , as required
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 3 cups Hot water
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • To Grind
  • 6 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger , chopped 
  • Green Chilli , chopped

How to make Kothamalli Rava Upma Recipe - Coriander Semolina Pudding

  1. To begin making the Kothamalli Rava Upma recipe, first grind the coriander leaves for the upma.

  2. Into the mixer add coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger and grind into a smooth paste. Add a little water to grind to a smooth paste. Set aside. This is the kothamalli paste. 

  3. In a pan heat 3 cups of water in a saucepan along with salt and sugar. Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat to low and keep the water simmering.

  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the mustard seeds, urad dal and allow it to roast until the urad dal is browned. Add in the curry leaves, onions, green chillies and cook till the onions become soft and translucent.

  5. Once the onions have softened, add the sooji and roast for 3 to 4 minutes until you get a lightly roasted aroma. Stir in kothamalli paste. Gradually add the hot water and keep stirring the kothamalli upma until all the water is absorbed. Stir in the lemon juice, cover and cook for a few minutes and turn off the heat.

  6. Once done, check the taste and adjust the salt accordingly.

  7. Serve the Kothamalli Rava Upma Recipe along with South Indian Coconut Chutney and Banana Date Smoothie Recipe for a wholesome breakfast.