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Tomato and Olive Upma

What a way to do fusion I say…. I love olives and I love upma so when I saw this at Sanjeev kapoor’s I knew I had to try it 🙂

and it was yummy and very healthy.. Everyone at home enjoyed it quite a lot


  • Semolina (rawa/suji) – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes, chopped – 2 medium
  • Black olives, sliced (i used green) – 12
  • Yogurt – 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp (the recipe asked for 3 I made it 1)
  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 5-6
  • Onion , chopped – 1 large
  • Carrot, grated – 1 large (my own addition)
  • Green chillies, slit – 2
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped – 3 tbspn


  • 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 sauté for a minute
  • Add rawa and continue to sauté 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.


15 comments on “Tomato and Olive Upma

  1. Smitha
    April 30, 2010

    Mon, This sounds yum! I am having my french friends over for dinner next week, will try this out – sounds an interesting fusion 🙂

    And you baking course sounds like so much fun!

  2. Swaram
    April 30, 2010

    I am so so excited abt ur course too 😛
    And Sanjeev Kapoor is the best when it comes to such fusion no 🙂

  3. Smita
    April 30, 2010

    wow! for the baking class!! I have decided that the day I have time I am also enrolling for one!!

    Thanks for this recipe, I have never managed to make good upma!! Always go wrong in water proportion! Lemme try it again! Thanks 🙂

    Psst a bit of self advertising, check out a group food blog of mine 🙂

  4. Aathira
    April 30, 2010

    I always screw up my upma with the wrong water proportions… lemme try this hopefully should work…

  5. maald
    May 1, 2010

    Please teach me where and how to use coconut oil – heard a lot about its health benefits lately.

  6. Booklover
    May 1, 2010

    slurp 🙂 Its also called Khara Bath in my part of the country. Also noticed your a booklover !

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  7. UmaS
    May 1, 2010

    This variation looks good. Must try during these hols, one day.

    And Monu, have fun in your new class – learn more – and post them all – we’ll all learn from you. 🙂

  8. Pal
    May 1, 2010

    Wow, sounds yummy!! Never thought of adding olives before. Me loves them too!! Hey and all the best for your baking classes! I know you’re going to make us all drooooool with your mouth-watering cakes once the course begins :-)))))

  9. Goofy Mumma
    May 1, 2010

    Hey i read about this before, or am I just thinking about and did I dream of this post???? 🙂

  10. Journomuse
    May 1, 2010

    hmmm..tomato and why didnt I think of this before? And adding buttermilk also is a different twist…Thanks for giving me a new twist to try..:)

  11. Shankari
    May 2, 2010

    I hate upma..but H loves it. He can have it 3 times a day, 7 days a week 🙂 But I totally heart maybe this is one recipe that will be a hit with both of us. So trying it out today maybe for dinner! Thanks!

  12. mandira
    May 2, 2010

    tomatoes and olives in upma? i wud never hv thot of it!!

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  14. Rashmi
    May 6, 2010

    I tried it after reading it from here and it turned out gr8 🙂
    Full marks from hubby and angel 🙂

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