Tastes of Kerala

Hi, I’m Nisha.Here,through my blogs I would like to share some unique, traditional vegetarian tastes and flavours of Kerala. Kerala has produced diverse, natural, nutritious as well as tasteful vegetarian dishes. The concept of homestead farming helped the Kerala women to make these unique dishes. Without using artificial flavours and colours they have produced hundreds of varieties of dishes. The famous “Sadya” in banana leaf has attracted many. To preserve and exchange these recipes is the main purpose of this blog. I’m sharing the recipes that I have encountered and those which attracted me . I am very happy to introduce you to some of the long lost traditional recipes . I hope you will enjoy them.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Mixed Vegetable Upma


  • 3 cup roasted bombay rava (semolina)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped beans
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup cashew nut
  • 1/4 cup raisin
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 green chilli (splitted)
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • salt (to taste)
  • 3 & 1/2 cup water
For tempering,
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 dried chilli
  • a few curry leaves

Heat ghee in a pan.  Put the mustard,urad dal and chilli into it.  Wait until it bursts.  Fry the cashew nut,raisins,onion,chilli and ginger for sometime. Then add the carrot, beans and coconut one by one and stir for some time.   Take it in a plate and keep aside.  Now boil the water.  Add salt.  When the water boils lower the flame and put the rava into it.  Stir well.  Mix it with the fried ingredients.  Heat it in a low flame for some more time with continuous stirring. Make sure that the upma doesn't form lumps.  Garnish it with curry leaves.

You can serve it with ripe banana,sugar or pappad.


  • Coconut oil or butter will do instead of ghee.
  • Always use rava that is roasted well, otherwise lumps may form.

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