Arisi Upma

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Cooks in: 15 Minutes Serves: 2 People

Arisi Upma is an age-old recipe usually made with rice, dal grits spiced with pepper and jeera. It is a very simple recipe traditionally made in ''vengalapanai'' and the slightly roasted Upma which is known as ''Kandhal'' is to die for! A few temples in South India do have this Upma as an offering to God. This delicacy made using millets tastes as tasty as rice Upma. Do try this recipe and enjoy the traditional taste.


Ingredients for Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Red Chillies (broken into small pieces)
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 Tsp Chana dal
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 4 Black Pepper Corns ( Crushed a bit)


  1. Wash and soak millet for 30 minutes. Drain. Wash and soak toor dal and moong dal together for 15 minutes. Drain completely.
  2. Heat a small cooker, add oil and once it is hot, do the seasoning mentioned under the section ''Ingredients for Seasoning''. First add mustard seeds and after it crackles, add urad dal, Chana dal, asafoetida, jeera, pepper and finally red chillies.
  3. Add water and salt. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low, add drained dals and millet. Add grated coconut, mix everything well and close the cooker and cook for 3 whistles on medium heat. Switch off and let pressure settle down.
  4. Open and fluff up the Upma after 5 minutes and serve with gothsu/sambar/pickle/chutney.


  • Other millets like foxtail, Kodo, Barnyard and Proso can be used for this recipe.
  • Can use Sesame Oil instead of Coconut oil.

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  1. Hi mam being a great fan of Arisi upma tried your recipe today .I must say I will not be going to traditional white arisi upma from now on . It’s so tasty and also could feel the lightness and tasted yum. Thank you for such healthy recipe !.

    1. Hi Swaathi,
      I’m glad to get a lightning speed validation!! Very happy to know that you loved it! Can you share a picture via fb messenger so that I can publish it as a validation post in the millettable fb page?

  2. Hello Vijaya: How do you do this dish on the stove-top (that is, in a pan, without the pressure cooker)? Thanks, Dido.

    1. Hi Dido,
      If you want to use a pan, follow the same steps, add little more water, cook till the millets become soft.

      1. Hi Vijaya:
        Thank you for your prompt response. What, do you suggest, is:
        (1) the quantity of extra water?
        (2) the approximate time for the millets to get cooked?


        1. Hi Dido,
          You can half a cup extra water and cook. If needed, add 1/4 cup later. It may take 15 to 20 minutes.

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