Friday, August 31, 2012

Rulao (Plain Upma)

Rulao is a very simple breakfast. It is also popular as uppittu, upma etc. There are so many varieties of upma. They are prepared with or without veggies. I have already shared my version of vegetable upma
Upma is a very popular breakfast and it is commonly made during many special occasions. I always loved eating them during those occasions (I would never eat at home). I would always dream of recreating that taste at home. Later on I realized the fact that the good taste would be because of the generous amount of oil or ghee in it.

The recipe which I am sharing today is without veggies. It is very simple and quick to make and requires few basic ingredients. The secret ingredient in this upma is the coconut oil. It gives a wonderful flavor and taste to the upma. I got this recipe from my aunt. This upma tastes like the one which I am fond of. Try this version and I am sure you all will like it too.

  • Rava/ Semolina- 2/3 cup
  • Coconut oil- 2-3 tsp 
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal/ Split black gram- 1 tsp
  • Cashew pieces- Few
  • Curry leaves- Few
  • Green Chilli- 1-2
  • Sugar- 2 tsp
  • Grated Coconut, Fresh/ Frozen- 1-2 Tbsp
  • Salt- To taste


Dry roast the rava for couple of minutes in a kadai and then transfer it to a plate.
Heat coconut oil in the same kadai. 
Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds.
Once it stars spluttering, add broken cashews, urad dal, chopped green chillis and curry leaves. Fry until urad dal and cashews turn light brown.
Once they turn brown, add water (twice the amount of rava i.e 4/3 cup). Now add salt and sugar (taste the water at this point and add more salt or sugar, if required).
Once the water comes to a boil, add the rava and mix well. Care should be taken to avoid lumps. The water gets absorbed within few seconds. At this point add grated coconut and close it with a lid. Allow it to cook further for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat.
Finally give a good mix and turn off the heat. Rulao is ready!!

Serve it hot along with phovu or shevo or with a hot cup of coffee/ tea. Above measurement serves one.


  1. This is my fav breakfast too. As you said in this uoma, the more the ghee, more the taste.
    The pic is making me want some :)

  2. Tried upma today with coconut oil...yummy authentic konkani taste ...liked very much..thanks for recipe..