Sooji / Semolina / Rava Upma – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Rava Upma Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Vegetable Rava Upma / Rava Khichdi made in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Rava Upma is an easy and popular South Indian breakfast. Rava Upma is a thick porridge made from dry roasted semolina, cooked along with various vegetables and seasonings. This is a delicious and warm breakfast, a great way to start the day along with a hot cup of coffee/tea.

Upma is a popular dish served in many South Indian and Maharashtrian restaurants. Rava is also called Sooji, Semolina or Cream of wheat. Although it is a classic breakfast, there is no doubt it can be a nutritious lunch or dinner too. Other popular south indian breakfast dishes are Vermicelli/Seviyan Upma and Steamed Idli.

I love to make this in the morning, when I am craving warm breakfast with my tea. It takes just 15 minutes to make and I also get some veggies for a good start to the day!

You can also make upma with other grains. Check out Vermicelli Upma, Broken Wheat/Dalia Upma and Quinoa Upma recipe.

How to make Sooji Upma in the Instant Pot? 

I usually buy roasted semolina, and skip the effort to roast it each time I am making upma or halwa. Some people like to buy Semolina and roast it in bulk themselves and store in airtight containers. Having roasted semolina reduces the cooking time drastically for making upma. This recipe is created with store brought roasted semolina.

Roasted Semolina

Start with sauteing the veggies for a couple of minutes. Then add the rava and water. Cook on pressure cook mode for 1 minute. That is it! Quick and easy 🙂

Rava Upma Prep Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 1
Rava Upma Prep Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Rava Upma Prep Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

I like the upma to be dry and not sticking in the mouth when eating. I also add a variety of vegetables to make this a more nutritious breakfast. You can vary the veggies used or skip them completely, depending on your taste buds.

Rava Upma Prep Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Rava Upma Prep Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Rava Upma Prep Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

I like to enjoy Rava Upma with Coconut or Mint Chutney. My hubby is from Central India, where sev or bhujia is very popular. He loves to sprinkle some sev on the upma to get a crunch when enjoying upma.

Rava Upma Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Rava / Sooji / Semoline Upma - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

An easy and popular South Indian breakfast. Upma made from dry roasted semolina, cooked along with various seasonings and vegetables, perfect for a quick and nutritious breakfast. 

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 304 kcal
Author: Piping Pot Curry
For tempering
  1. Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and let it heat. Add oil and all the tempering ingredients. 

  2. When the mustard seeds splutter, add green chili, onions and ginger. Saute for 2 minutes while stirring frequently. 

  3. Add carrots, peas, salt and cashews. Stir well.  If you are adding different veggies that take longer to cook, then saute them for a few minutes. 

  4. Add roasted rava and water. Stir it all up and scrape if anything is stuck to the bottom. Close lid with vent in sealing position. 

  5. Change setting to MANUAL or pressure cook mode for 2 min. The pin may or may not come up, but the upma will still be cooked in this time. 

  6. When the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure. Take the stainless steel insert out of the pot. 

  7. Sprinkle lemon juice and mix. Cover with a glass or other lid. Let the upma rest for 5 minutes. (This is an important step to let the upma not be mushy and soak up all liquid)

  8. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy upma with chutney!

Recipe Notes
  • It is possible that when you open the instant pot and stir, some upma may seen sticking to the bottom of the pot. However when you let it sit for 5 minutes, it will loosen up and mix well with the rest of the upma. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. 
Nutrition Facts
Rava / Sooji / Semoline Upma - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving (154 g)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 96
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.64g 16%
Saturated Fat 4.553g 23%
Trans Fat 0.233g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 626mg 26%
Potassium 362mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 44.04g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4.5g 18%
Sugars 4.79g
Protein 9.01g 18%
Vitamin A 249%
Vitamin C 48%
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator. 

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious Rava Upma. Do share how it turned out!

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7 thoughts on “Sooji / Semolina / Rava Upma – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

    1. 3 cups water for 1 cup roasted Rava. I heated the water in the microwave. It should be mentioned on the ingredients list. Hope you enjoy it!

  1. This is my first instant pot cooking trial. I followed all the steps, but after starting pressure cook, in a minute, the burn sign came on. So I turned it off, then i took out the instant pot and left it closed like you said. After cooling down, since it hadnt cooked for 2 mins, it did not come out like yours. But do you know why the burn might have come one? There was some upma sticking to the bottom of the pot.

    1. Hey Mala – Sorry to hear that the upma did not cook as expected. I have seen many posts where the new instant pot’s are more sensitive and show the Burn message. In my case, even if the upma initially sticks a little to the bottom, when you let is rest for 5 minutes it mixes well and is not sticking anymore. I hope the taste was good and you were able to have a breakfast.

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