Blackeye beans – Upma/Semolina Porridge

Blackeye beans Upma1


Upma/uppittu is a common south indian breakfast dish, cooked as a thick porridge from dry roasted semolina. Various seasonings and or vegetables are often added during cooking. Upma is served with chutney, lime slices or pickles as per individual preferences.

Health Benefits:

Black-eyed peas are part of the legume family that is known as being a primary source of plant protein. Protein helps with maintaining healthy muscles, bones and cartilage. Black-eyed peas also contain vital nutrients, such as B vitamins, vitamin E, iron and potassium. They can even help with weight loss because they’re filling but low in calories.

Serves: 2-3
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Preparation time: 30-40 minutes (including the time to cook soya bean)


  • Rava/coarse semolina-1 1/2cup
    • Chopped onion-1num
    • Chopped capsicum-1num
    • Chopped carrot-1num
    • Chopped tomato-2num
    • black eye bean-3/4 cup
    • Green chilli finely chopped/paste-1tbsp
    • Finely chopped ginger/ginger paste-2tsp
    • Oil-2tsp
    • Mustard seeds-1tsp
    • Cumin seeds-1tsp
    • Curry leaves-5-6
    • Channa dal/urad dal-1tsp
    • Coriander leaves- a handful
    • Lemon juice-as required
    • Salt-as per taste


  • wash and soak black eye bean overnight, pressure cook for 3-4whistles and set aside.
    • In a non-stick pan dry roast semolina/rava on a medium low flame until it turns light brown /until the aromatic and let it cool down
    • Heat oil in the pan add mustard seeds, cumin seeds as it splutters add channa, urad dal, curry leaves saute for few seconds on medium heat.
    • Add green chilli, ginger, onion and saute till it is translucent.
    • Add chopped capsicum, carrot, tomato, salt and saute until the vegetables are tender (approximate 5-7 minutes)
    • Then add cooked soya beans and saute for 2-3 minutes.
    • Meanwhile heat 4-5 cups of water in the sauce pan.
    • As the water boils add 3-3 1/2cup of water to the vegetables and let it cook for 6-7 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked well.
    • Reduce the flame and add roasted rava little at a time to the boiling water and keep stirring cover the lid and simmer for 3-5 minutes. if it is too dry sprinkle some hot water and simmer again for 2-3 minutes
    • Once cooked well, garnish with coriander, lemon juice

Blackeye beans Upma2

Serve hot with

Peanut mint chutney

Peanut Mint Chutney1

Methi seeds and Roasted Split peas/Daria chutney

Methi seeds Curry leaves Chutney2

Coconut Chutney

Cocount chutney2


  • The combination of vegetables can be done as per your choice
    • You can skip vegetables and add only soya bean
    • Water quantity may vary depending on the type of semolina/rava

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on December 2, 2015, in Indian and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. top class nutritious food

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  2. This is very delicious looking! The porridge sounds so yummy!

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  3. I like the addition of black eyed beans

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  4. Wow! That looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Looks so hearty! Healthy too.

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  6. Looks delicious, Chitra! healthy addition of black eyed peas to upma:)

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  7. I grew up on Black eye beans and ham. It’s a Southern thang. This far more colorful than I ever had and I think a bit more flavorful. 🙂

    Black eyed bean are an acquired taste me thinks..much like mushrooms.


  8. Another yummy dish…☺☺

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  9. Super yumm dear! 🙂

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  10. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  11. I used to make a semolina porridge for my children when they were babies but this is so different and looks really delicious!


  12. This looks heavenly, hearty winter food I am looking forward to trying 🙂


  13. Yum! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  14. WOW! Sounds so healthy and delicious dear!

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  15. Thanks for the support and the link to my blog..


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