Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble)

Teas time snack or a breakfast idea made with semolina flavoured with hing tempering

Monica Deshpande
Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble)
2160 ratings.

Tikhat Rava is not quite Upma but very similar to it since the base is semolina. This has been a favourite teatime snack ever since we were kids. It makes for a great brunch too. Serve Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble) with evening Adrak Chai Recipe and Baked Multigrain Mathri.

If you like this recipe, here are a few more snacking ideas to try

  1. Rajasthani Makki Ka Chatpata Dhokla Recipe
  2. Spicy Mixed Vegetables Rice Cutlet Recipe
  3. Puli Upma Recipe/ Tamarind & Rice-Rava Upma
  4. Avalakki Bella Usuli Recipe (Jaggery & Flattened Rice)

Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 1-1/2 cups Sooji (Semolina/ Rava)
  • 2 teaspoons Ghee
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green peas (Matar) , steamed 
  • 1 Green Chilli , finely chopped
  • 8 Curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt , to taste
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped, for the garnish

How to make Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble)

  1. To begin making the Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble), heat the ghee just until it melts. Add in the semolina and roast until it starts turning light pink in colour. Take it off the heat and let cool.

  2. Heat the oil and add the asafoetida, cumin, chopped chilli and the curry leaves. When the cumin and chillies start to splutter, add in the onion and stir on a medium high flame until the onion starts to brown very lightly.

  3. Add in 1-1/2 cups of water and wait for it to start boiling. Add in the peas and the semolina and mix well.

  4. You should still have a dry mixture as the water will have just about mixed with the semolina.

  5. Add in the salt and cover with a steel plate. Pour a little water into the steel plate, enough to cover the base. Let the semolina cook in the steam generated by this water in the plate. Turn the heat to medium.

  6. Stir after 6-8 minutes and check that the base is not browning. You can also taste the semolina at this stage to check if it is done.

  7. Garnish the Tikhat Rava with coriander leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice.

  8. Serve Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble) with evening Adrak Chai Recipe and Baked Multigrain Mathri.