Rava Khichdi


This is a quick breakfast or tiffin item made with semolina and sauteed veggies.
1 cup Semolina (rava)
1 no Onion (finely chopped)
2 nos Green chilli (finely chopped)
1 no Carrot(chopped)
¼ cup Green peas
1 no Tomato (diced)
¼ tsp Mustard
¼ tsp Cumin seeds
6 nos Curry leaves
2 stks Coriander leaves (for garnishing)
3 tsp Oil
1 tsp Ghee
¼ tsp Salt (or to taste)
3 cup Water
3 pinch Turmeric powder


Take a wide kadai and slightly toast the rava with ghee until it turns light brown. Immediately remove from pan and keep aside. In the same pan heat oil and splutter mustard, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Then saute onions followed by tomatoes and veggies. Cook them covered over low flame for few minutes with turmeric and little salt. (The water content from tomatoes and salt along with the steam will cook them thoroughly.)

Note: Pre-cut frozen veggies cook really fast, if using

1.Fresh carrots trying chopping them into tiny pieces that way when covered, they cook within few minutes over low flame.

2. Fresh sweet green peas cooks fast but Indian green peas takes little longer and needs to be steamed separately.

Now add water and bring to a boil, slowly add the rava and keep stirring to avoid lumps. When the rava absorbs all water and thicken, taste for salt and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with choice of pickle or chutney.

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23 comments to Rava Khichdi

  • R.Ramakrishnan

    Gone through your recipe. Thanks a lot. The procedure is very similar to Rava Upma. Where does the difference lies between upma and Kichadi? Need your kind answer on this.

    • Rama,
      Khichadi is usually made with lentils and cream of wheat whereas upma is typically with just cream of rice or wheat ( plus or minus veggies). Technically this one a rava upma but many restaurants and even in marriage ceremonies(only in the southern part of the country) this is served as khichadi and hence I have named it that way. Hope this clears your doubt, thanks.

  • Lavender

    Hi Mullai,

    first of all I love your website and im surviving cooking for my husband and myself only becos of you… today makes 6 months since im married and i’ve been logging in everday without fail for the past 3 months.. got myself registered here a month ago :)
    Reg this recipe,when you say ” Then saute onions followed by tomatoes and veggies. Cook them with turmeric and little salt” how do i cook the veggies by just frying them or should i pressure cook?


    • Lavender,
      If you cover and cook for few minutes they will become tender and then when you add water and cook them again with rava they will be perfectly soft & firm. Only downside is sometimes if the veggies are cut bigger and if Indian green peas are used then it may take longer to cook. In that case you will have to steam them separately and add. (Pre-cut frozen carrot and sweet green peas will cook within seconds)Let me also include this note in my recipe. Hope this helps, thanks.

  • Anu menon

    Thanks a lot…very good recipe

  • sathu

    Mullai, This was one dish which came to perfection in the very first attempt.. Though one of the reasons could be because the dish is simple, I am sure it would not be possible without your simple & clear instructions and of course not to mention the magic of your receipes :) Thank you and keep rocking!!!

  • Sentil

    Hi Mullai,

    I have tried rava kichadi today and dish came out excellent. It is was simple and ready in 30 minutes.

    Many thanks.

  • Vijir

    i tried ur most of the recipes
    all r very nice
    i will try this also

  • chikku

    Hi Mullai,

    I am searching for this recipe. Thanks a lot.
    I will surely try this.


  • Visitor

    your recipes are really good…more over the fotos are excellent. good talent in cooking as well as photography. keep it up.

  • latha.mn

    2day I prepared this khichadi it came out very well

  • girlnextdoor

    Hi Mullai..
    Cud u post the recipe of the dry chutney southindians eat with idli… its a red color chutney.. i do not knw wts it called but i hv tasted couple of times when my southie friends used to bring it..

  • girlnextdoor

    I Tried this recipe .. It turned out pretty good..

  • kaberisreenivasulu

    ma’m u r just great.

  • Priyamohanraj

    For this rava kichadi, how to make sure we avoid lumps of rava while mixing with water.
    Becoz everytime i add rava to water it forms lumps. is there any other way to get a good form..

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