Ragi semiya upma

Ragi (Nachni) is a common ingredient in kannadiga kitchen. It is not used much in Kerala cooking so didn't grew up eating it. It is an acquired taste for me but now i like it . This recipe takes a little effort but its worth it.

Ragi Flour -  1 cup
Water - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Ghee - 2 tsp
Hing - 2 pinch  or 1/4 tsp if using store brought powder
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Pearl Onion - 5 , chopped
Green Chilli - 2 tsp , chopped
Ginger  - 1 tsp, chopped
Curry Leaves - a few
Fresh Coconut - 2 tbsp , gratted

Special Equipment need :
Sev press
Idli mold

Step 1 : Semiya Dough

  1. Boil water, salt and ghee together.
  2. Add the ragi flour little by little and mix well.
  3. Cook on low till the flour comes together like a dough.
  4. Cover and leave aside till the dough is cool enough to handle.
  5. Oil the hands and knead the dough well.
  6. Fill the dough in SEV PRESS.

Step 2: Semiya Preparation

  1. Oil the idli mold and make small iddiappam into each mold with SEV PRESS.
  2. Steam the iddiappam for 20 minutes and set aside to cool.

Step 3: Upma Preparation

  1. Heat ghee and add hing and mustard and let it pop.
  2. Add the onion , green chili ,ginger and curry leaves.
  3. When onion turns translucent add the iddiappam from step 2.
  4. Add the coconut and mix everything till  the iddiappams breaks to semiya.
  5. Serve with coconut chutney warm or at room temp.


  1. Wow! Thats a very healthy and delicious upma. A great recipe.

  2. A healthy ragi semiya upma.....yummy dear

  3. Very healthy way to start the day by having this for breakfast

  4. Healthy and tasty upma, delicious..

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  5. Healthy and delicious upma. Wonderfully prepared.

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  6. Healthy upma,perfect and tempting breakfast.

  7. Impressive that you have made the semiya from scratch. I always buy the store bought ones.

  8. very innovative, a healthy upma...love it..

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  9. I have a tin full of ragi flour that my mom made for me thoghtfully but havent used more than a spoonful till now. You have made a wonderful upma. You had me at semia upma which is my fav. I will get hold of a sev press soon and make this. At the very least will make mom do it :)

  10. awesome..u made it perfectly........vl try this....

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  12. very creative i was wonderg how does it look like this and then i read it...keep it up

  13. Delicious dish.
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