Masala Upma
Masala Upma | Khara Bhath
Written by Jayashree
Published on March 3, 2014

Masala Upma is a popular breakfast dish from Bangalore and Mysore region of Karnataka state. Commonly known as khara bhath,  it is healthy, tasty and easy to prepare.

Upma is a breakfast which is predominantly prepared in South India, at least once a week. It is made of semolina and assorted vegetables are used along with spices.  Upma although a breakfast item, is ideal to serve anytime, breakfast, as a quick snack when unexpected guests turn up  or as a light dinner. It is commonly prepared during gatherings  and functions.

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When the usual upma is disliked, make this version. Here it is sans onion, but one can add it in the seasoning. Although, coconut chutney is not a necessity, it tastes good with it.

Let’s get to the Masala Upma recipe :

The ingredients that you need are

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 bowl of assorted vegetables as beans,carrots, peas, potato
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 tbsp oil and ghee mix
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Bengal gram
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • turmeric powder
  • 6 cashew nuts
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3 cups of water

Method:

Take ghee in a wide pan, roast the cashews pieces, put them aside. Now, roast the semolina with a little bit of ghee until pale brown. Put it along with cashew pieces.

In a small pan, boil the vegetables, when partly done add the tomatoes. Later, add sambar powder, chilli powder and the required quantity of salt to it and let boil for sometime.

Take oil in a kadai and make the seasoning. Now, add the vegetables with water into it. You need around three glasses of water, put it accordingly. Once, it boils,  add the roasted semolina slowly into it. Keep stirring, lumps may be formed. Allow to cook for ten minutes on a slow flame. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Take a tip:

  • Other vegetables  as cabbage and capsicum may be used.
  • Onion may be used, add it in the seasoning and saute. Later, put the boiled veggies into it.
  • You can use store bought sambar powder.
  • You may use masala bhath powder also.

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Masala Upma

Masala Upma is a popular dish from Bangalore and Mysore region of Karnataka state. It is commonly known as Khara Bhath.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine karnataka
Keyword easy breakfast, healthy breakfast, khara bhath, masala upma, recipes with semolina, south indian breakfast, upma
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 bowl of assorted vegetables as beans carrots, peas, potato
  • 1 to mato
  • 2 tbsp oil and ghee mix
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Bengal gram
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • turmeric powder
  • 6 cashew nuts
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Roast the semolina with a little bit of ghee until pale brown. Put it aside.
  2. Boil the vegetables, when partly done add the tomatoes. Later, add sambar powder, chilli powder and the required quantity of salt to it.
  3. Take oil in a kadai and make the seasoning. Now, add the vegetables with water into it. You need around three glasses of water, put it accordingly. Once, it boils,  add the semolina slowly into it. Keep stirring, lumps may be formed. Allow to cook for ten minutes on a slow flame. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Recipe Notes

Other vegetables  as cabbage and capsicum may be used. 
Onion may be used, add it in the seasoning and saute. Later, put the boiled veggies into it.
You can use store bought sambar powder. 

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4 Comments

  1. mayurisjikoni

    Like masala upma as that way I could get my kids to enjoy a variety of veggies. I sometimes make it as a light dinner option. So easy to make and very delicious. I usually don’t add turmeric but next time I make it will do so.

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  2. sizzlingtastebuds

    Brings back memories of bangalore.. I love this a lot.. super delish …

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  3. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Khara upma looks delicious, I too love to add different veggies in the upma as it helps to sneak in and adds a woderful taste and texture to the dish

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    • themadscientistskitchen

      I can’t imagine upma without veggies. Too much hostel fare I guess! Khara upma I love it anytime.

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