Monday, 22 July 2013

Masala Rava Kichadi/Semolina Masala Kichadi

We usually make rava upma and sometimes get bored. My mom used to make colourful rava kichadi as an alternative to rava upma. The bright yellow color of the kichidi and mild aroma of the masala gives it a unique flavour. This is a very healthy and filling breakfast made in most of the South Indian homes.

Here’s how to make Masala Rava Kichadi with step by step photos…


2 cup
1 big finely chopped
1 finely chopped
Mixed vegetables[beans,carrots,peas]
1 cup finely chopped
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
As needed
5 cups
Cilantro leaves
3 tbsp finely chopped
Lemon juice
½ tsp
1 tsp

To Grind

Green chillies
5 [Adjust to taste]
Garlic cloves
Cinnamon stick

For Tempering

Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
Channa dal
1 tsp
Curry leaves
8 -10
2 tbsp


Dry roast the rava/semolina in a kadai for about 5 min or until it turns to very light golden colour. Transfer it to a plate and keep it aside.

Grind the ingredients mentioned for grinding to a  paste. Adjust the green chillies according to your taste.

Cook the mixed vegetables [beans, carrots & peas] in 1 cup water and keep it aside. Do not throw away the water(vegetable broth) in which vegetables are cooked, save it for cooking the kichadi.


Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds, after that add cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal and sauté until the dal turns golden brown.

Add the onions, curry leaves and sauté until it turns golden brown. Now add the ground chilli paste and sauté until you get a nice aroma and raw smell vanishes.

Add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy. Now add about 5 cups (veg broth + water) of water, cooked vegetables, salt, turmeric powder and let it come to boil.

When it starts to boil really well, reduce the flame to low and slowly add the roasted rava with one hand and keep stirring continuously with the other.

Cook the rava in low flame for about 5 min, but stirring continuously. Add the ghee, coriander leaves and mix it well.

Finally add the lemon juice, mix it well and switch off the stove.

Delicious Masala Rava Kichadi is ready to be enjoyed, serve it with coconut or peanut chutney.

  • Roast the rava only in medium flame and be careful not to burn it.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice according to your taste buds.
  • Finally add some ghee before you serve the kichadi.
  • Usually for upma the rava to water ratio is 1:2 but for kichadi you can add 1:3 ratio, but the rava I used was fine semolina so I used 5 cups of water.

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  1. ரவா கிச்சடி படங்களும் செய்முறையும் அருமை.

    நாக்கில் நீர் ஊற வைத்து விட்டீர்க்ள்.;)))))

    பாராட்டுக்கள். வாழ்த்துகள், நன்றிகள்.

  2. Looks interesting though its new to me. Will try because my other half loves upma and I am sure he will enjoy this delicious vegetables infused semolina masala.

  3. Love the texture and it looks delicious...lovely weekend breakfast dish...

  4. That looks really good Priya. A welcome change from the usual rava upma. (which by the way has not many takers here :))

  5. Im bookmarking this recipe, i eat upma a lot and am a littel bored, will try this version..
    Keep in touch

  6. delicious and yummy kichidi :) i too make it this way :) Looks yummy priya :)

  7. This looks intetesting... a filling breakfast!

  8. Yummy Rava Kichadi dear.. This is one of the easy and tastiest breakfast..

  9. Masala Khichdi looks so yummy & of my fav breakfast..nice clicks too!

  10. if everything is ready on counter top this is one easy meal to cook - right priya?

    1. Yes Divya, ur right most of the time I feel the same when I start to cook...

  11. Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments...

  12. khichdi luks fab...
    Thnks 4 linking it 2 my event :

  13. Easy & healthy one.. A great substitute for the upmas :)

  14. Healthy one.. thanks for linking

  15. Healthy and delicious khichadi.. Thanks for linking with us.


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