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4.67 from 3 votes

Savory Cream of Wheat with Onions and Peas (Upma)

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 212kcal


  • 1 cup semolina (cream of wheat or wheat farina)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 sm onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder (to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups water
  • lemon juice
  • fresh herbs


  • Heat oil in a 12 inch wide skillet over medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, toss in the cumin seeds. Let cook for about 10 seconds.
  • Add the onion and green chili with a pinch of salt. Saute the onions until they are soft and translucent.
  • Add the semolina. Dry roast the semolina, stirring constantly, until it becomes fragrant and smells toasty. About 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the water, peas, chili powder, and salt. Stir.
  • Let cook for 3 to 4 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • Fluff with a fork before serving.


Feel free to add turmeric or some toasted nuts if you want.


Serving: 340g | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2.6mg