Uppu Sajjige | Satvik Breakfast idea

In Kannada, Uppu means salt, and sajjige means semolina / rava/ sooji. This quick upma-look alike was made by grandmom every thursday and saturday for her palahaaram (fasting) when she wouldnt eat rice based dishes. In fact, she relished only this kind of upma even sans onions or garlic, especially when her ultra-orthodox elder sisters came over.

Come to think of it, both me and the younger one like this quick-to-make Sajjige a lot. the little one in fact calls this “Upma without seeds!!” Lol :-)) 

It requires exactly 10 mins and 3 ingredients. Let’s see how to make this.


Prep time : 5 mins, Cook time : 5-7 mins, Serves : 1 (or two toddlers)

Uppu Sajjige – Karnataka style Semolina pudding

Course : Snacks or breakfast


Fine Sooji – 1/4 cup

Ghee – 2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Hot water – upto 1/2 cup + 1 tsp

optional add-ins:

Urad Dal / split black gram – 1/2 tsp (opt.)

Hing / Asafoetida – a teeny pinch (opt. but recommended)

Curry leaves – a few (opt.)



In a pan, heat half the ghee and roast the sooji on medum flame till nicely roasted. Keep aside in a plate. In the same pan, heat the remaining ghee, splutter the urad dal, curry leaves if using and hing till urad dal turns golden brown. Add the water and bring to a rolling boil, add required salt and slowly stir in the roasted sooji. Mix well to prevent any lumps. Cover and cook for 5-7 mins till soft and well done. Serve immediately.

This goes to BM # 85 under “Cook with 3 ingredients or less”




  1. Yummy for mom's with toddlers, even the elders would relish it too

  2. MySpicyKitchen

    This looks like a simplified version of Upma. A good one for 3 ingredient recipes.

  3. What a quick and easy dish that is. Simple and delicious.

  4. Priya Suresh

    Super easy and a fabulous version of Upma Kalyani, lovely dish.

  5. Simple and perfect for my little one!

  6. Upma is my favorite dish. This one is easy version of the same. Good one!

  7. really satwik food. easy and quick to make.

  8. Mayuri Patel

    Quick and easy dish and healthy too. Love this quick version of upma.

  9. Chef Mireille

    what a quick and easy dish – sounds like the perfect comfort food

  10. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    That is one quick and easy breakfast idea. Keeps you filled up or a while as well.

  11. Simple and healthy dish for kids


    Some times simple dishes make you feel more satiated than fancy ones. Just like that I like simple khichdi with a tsp of desi ghee on the top…my comfort food, same way this upma seems to be a comfort food

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