Cook's Hideout: Jonna Rawa Upma (Jowar Upma)

January 04, 2015

Jonna Rawa Upma (Jowar Upma)

Blogging Marathon# 48: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Nashta Time
Dish: Jonna Rawa Upma
For day 2 of this week's blogging marathon, I made a healthy and filling upma (porridge) with jonna rawa (broken jowar). I have been watching lot of recipes using jonna rawa on Telugu cooking shows recently, so asked my mom to send me some. Jonna rawa has a slightly coarse texture even after cooking, it doesn't get too smooth and creamy.
Jonna Rawa Upma (Jowar Upma)
I usually cook it in the pressure cooker to speed up the cooking process, but it also be made in the pan -- it will just take longer. This upma is a nutritious way to start any day because it keeps you full till lunch. I added only tomato here, but any vegetable or mix of vegetables can be added.
Jonna Rawa Upma (Jowar Upma)
Jonna rawa (coarse jowar) - 1cup
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Ginger - 1" piece, finely grated
Tomato - 1 small, chopped
Green Chili - 2~3, slit
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Cashews - 1tbsp, chopped
Dry red chili - 1~2
Curry leaves - 8~10
Lemon juice - 1tbsp (optional)
Salt - to taste

  • In a pressure cooker or in a pan, heat 1tbsp oil and add mustard, cumin seeds and dry red chili. Once the seeds start to splutter, add cashews and cook till they turn golden.
  • Next add the onions, green chilies, curry leaves and grated ginger. Cook till the onions turn translucent.
  • Next add the tomatoes and salt, cook till the tomatoes turn mushy, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Next add the jonna rawa and cook for 2~3 minutes.
  • Add 3cups of water and cover with the lid and cook for 3~4 whistles or until all the water has evaporated and jonna rawa has cooked through. If cooking in the pan, bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and cook hhcovered until the water is absorbed and rawa is cooked through.
  • Once done, stir in lemon juice and serve with some pickle and/ or yogurt.
Jonna Rawa Upma (Jowar Upma)
Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 48.


  1. delicious and healthy upuma!!! love to enjoy that bowl!!

  2. Upma looks delicious. I love the way you used the props in these pictures.

  3. Never heard of upma with Jowar tab.. Wonder if I can lay my hands on that Rava this for s healthy breakfast or a mid morn lunch

  4. Upma with jowar looks simply fabulous, wat a healthy breakfast.

  5. Jonna rava upma looks super yummy!

  6. Upma looks so filling and tasty. I like your setup .

  7. Healthy breakfast option...Never tried the jowar rava.

  8. The umpa is interesting but what I like are the pics and props . absolutely gorgeous.

  9. Upma looks awesome!!! Love the pictures...very very beautiful!!!

  10. Lovely recipe and I infer from your post that we do not get this here right? I am going to send this recipe to my mom to try it out :)

  11. Umpa looks so delicious.The pictures are very nice

  12. I love the upma. I have tried it in the past and know when you say will keep you till lunch... it does. As for the pictures ............ no words.

  13. I also heard from my parents that Jowar rava is now widely available. I wonder when it would be stocked here in the US. Apparently my mom makes this for their brunch.

  14. Lovely recipe and your props are even more captivating! took us right to the rustic place..:)..

  15. This dish sounds very good. I know I would certainly love to try it.

  16. I love the recipe. Can we replace onions with any other vegetable? Like for a Jain version.

    1. Sure, just follow the recipe without the onion or use thinly sliced cabbage instead. Hope you try it.


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