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Tomato and Olive Upma

Tomato and olive upma is one of those fusion food which tastes so delicious! The tangy tomatoes and the delicious olives in the rawa upma make it a breakfast star! 
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 cup semolina (rawa/suji)
  • 2 tomatoes medium chopped
  • 12 Black Olives Sliced (I used green ones)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil The recipe asked for three, I made it one
  • 1/2 tsp black gram Split skinless (dhuli urad dal)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5 - 6 curry leaves
  • 1 onion large, chopped
  • 1 carrot large (my own addition). grated
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 3 tablespoons coriander leaves fresh chopped


  • Whisk yogurt with salt and two and half cups of water to make very thin buttermilk. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a kadai (wok), add split black gram and mustard seeds and fry for a minute.
  • When the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add curry leaves, onion, tomatoes, carrots and green chillies and saute for a minute.
  • Add rawa and continue to saute on medium heat for four to five minutes till it is lightly coloured and fragrant.
  • Add buttermilk, bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue to cook uncovered, stirring continuously, till all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Adjust seasoning, cover and cook further for two minutes on very low heat. Add olives and coriander leaves. Stir and cook for a minute. Serve hot.


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