Arisi Upma ( Rice Upma) and Gotsu

This is a traditional south Indian upma made with coarsely ground rice, tur dal . It is a very soothing breakfast to have in winters as the main spice is pepper and cumin. One can add seasonal veggies like peas and Lima beans to this to make it a wholesome meal. I have paired it with gotsu which is again a south India side accompaniment made with veggies and tamarind water which can be served with this Upma or Pongal or even with plain rice.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 2 tbsp tur dal
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup boiled peas or Lima beans ( pawta)
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 1 dry red chilly
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp channa dal
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Water 21/4- 2.5 cup

How to make:

How to make Upma

  1. In a mixer grinder dry grind rice, tur dal, jeera and black pepper to a coarse powder like rava.
  2. In a pan add oil. Add mustard seeds, channa dal , red chilly . Once the mustard splitter and channa dal turns light brown add 2.5 cups of water.
  3. Add the curry leaves, coconut, salt and let it boil really well.
  4. As it’s boiling slowly add the rice powder and keep whisking so no lumps are formed.
  5. The rice will absorb the water quickly .
  6. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on the lowest flame for 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle a little water if you find the rice and dal still need cooking.
  7. Remove lid and mix well . Fluffy soft rice Upma is ready


How to make Gotsu


  1. Mix of onion , capsicum and tomato. Cut into medium sized pieces
  2. Extract tamarind water for a Lemon sized piece of tamarind
  3. In a pan add a tsp oil. Add mustard seeds.
  4. To this add the chopped veggies , salt and 1 tsp sambhar powder
  5. Roast for a 2-3 minutes
  6. To this add the tamarind water and also 1-2 glasses of water and let all this boil till the veggies are cooked and the raw smell of the sambhar powder goes.
  7. Make a lump free slurry if 1 tbsp besan with 3-4 tbsp water
  8. Add this to the gotsu in the pan along with 1 tsp jaggery
  9. When this boils it will thicken
  10. Remove from flame and serve with arsi Upma or Pongal
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