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Godhuma Rava Thakkali Upma | Diabetic friendly Lapsi Tomato Upma | Weekend Dinners

Upma generally alternates between an extreme love-me or hate-me relationship with the diner. Thankfully all of us at home belong to the former category, and we make Upma with veggies mostly for weekend dinners (Sat or Sun) and very rarely for breakfast. 

Today’s is an interesting twist using diabetic friendly Lapsi (also called Godhuma Rava / broken wheat) and tomato to give it a zing too. I saw this on one of the TV shows and since its pretty heavily flavoured, it can be had on its own with absolutely no accompaniments, except Curd if preferred. 

Also, it has no onion or garlic so would appeal to Satvik food lovers. Godhuma rava can easily be replaced with normal semolina (Rava) with no change in taste.


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Prep time : 10 mins, Cook time : 10 mins, Serves : 2

Godhuma Rava Thakkali Upma – Vegan Tomato spiced broken wheat savoury pudding

Course : Snacks / Dinner Ideas | Cuisine: Tamilnadu

Spice level : medium

Serving suggestions :Raita / Pachadi/ Curd / Pickle


  • Godhuma Rava / Semolina – 1 cup (125 gms) – i used the fine variety here
  • Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Hot water – as required to cook the Rava 
  • Tomato – 1 large or 2 medium
  • Cloves – 1 no.
  • Rasam powder – 1/2 tsp – substitute with green chillies or chilli powder
  • Jaggery – 1/2 tsp (opt.)
  • Tempering : Oil – 3 tsp, mustard seeds (1/2 tsp), curry leaves, asafoetida, Urad dal (1/2 tsp)



  1. Blanch the tomato and peel the skin, puree it with the cloves and rasam powder adding no additional water, strain and keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and fry the godhuma rava till fragrant on a low flame, and cool in a large plate. this step ensures the lapsi doesnt become lumpy while cooking.
  3. In the same non stick pan, heat oil. do the tempering with the ingredients. Add the roasted rava, salt and mix well. 
  4. Now Add the pureed and strained tomato liquid. Add additional water as required (generally lapsi rava takes 2 times the water to cook, but as you are adding tomato puree, reduce accordingly). Mix well and cook well covered for 8-10 mins on a low flame.
  5. Fluff once done and serve hot. Best served hot / warm.  


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  1. Priya Suresh

    My kind of breakfast, simply love anything prepared with godhuma rava, delicious upma KalyanI.

  2. Amara’s cooking

    Nice share Kalyani, I love Godhuma Rava Upma and pulao. Love the fine rava you used, delicious:)

  3. Suma Gandlur

    Lovely clicks. This upma doesn' even need onion and can be prepared faster. Everyone at my home too enjoys this upma.

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    I never really liked upma but after marriage that changed. Husband likes it and kind of got used to it. My mom always use to add tomato to upma for my dad. But she doesn't. i too like the tang of tomato in upma.

  5. I moved from the hate category to the love category after realizing how easy it is to make :D. Luckily the kid has always been a fan 🙂

  6. Smruti Ashar

    Upma is my go-to recipe for breakfasts in a jiffy. I loved your tomato filled version of it. Amazing clicks too!

  7. Gayathri Kumar

    I do use tomatoes but pureeing is certainly new. I am an ardent fan of upma and I can have this anytime…

  8. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I have started using broken wheat more than regular rava and love it. Love the tomato flavored upma. This is how my mom makes the regular rava upma.

  9. vaishali sabnani

    Its past lunch, but nearing tea time..perfect time to enjoy this unique upma. Excellent Kalyani.

  10. hahah..rajani had me cracked up with her comment..:)..even I love upma and make it atleast once a week..this is a good one..

  11. Srividhya

    Same pinch. I posted upma too. Tomato upma sounds delicious. 🙂

  12. cookingwithsapana

    This upma looks so comforting and easy to make.Love the addition of tomatoes.

  13. I almost force feed upma to my family but in my defense I add their favorites like potato and peanuts to it 🙂
    Your thakkali upma looks simple and delicious.

  14. My kids don't eat any kind of upma. It is just me who is a upma freak. Love this to bits.

  15. It's my favorite I like my upma with tomato and veges. I can have it for my any meal tempting me..

  16. The Pumpkin Farm

    i am in love me category, the color of this upma is very inviting kalyani…the tomatoes are all smiling in it

  17. Chef Mireille

    a new version of upma – tomato will add a nice flavor no doubt

  18. Huuby is a huge fan of upma and the kids are slowly turning to his side! I make this once a week and with veggies. This sounds like a delicious variation. Will try for sure.

  19. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    love the addition of cloves and rasam powder kalyani, looks fluffy, will try this variation sometime!

  20. I also often make this upma. But adding rasam powder is quite new. Will try it the next time.

  21. I make with godumai rava but not tried this variation as yet. Bookmarked

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