Apma: Indian breakfast porridge with many spices

We have semolina porridge, porridge in the USA or Great Britain and in India we eat upma in the morning. A delicious, wonderfully flavored breakfast semolina is perfect for those who aren’t really used to jam sandwiches and other sweet things in the morning.

Apma is flavored with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and chilies, among other things. So you see, it will be really sweet. There is no one recipe, each upma is individual. Sometimes peas are added, sometimes peanuts or cashews. The basic recipe is not difficult and can be varied and expanded with favorite ingredients. Curry leaves, chopped tomatoes, carrots, cinnamon or coriander are also common.

You may not find some ingredients around the corner in the supermarket. But don’t worry, you can still prepare Upman. Chana dal, finely chopped chickpeas, can be substituted for regular canned chickpeas. If you still can’t find an ingredient, simply leave it out. Normally, ghee is used for frying and frying the parts separately, but in this recipe we decided to use oil so that vegans don’t go hungry at the breakfast table.

We think it’s good to take a break in the morning, think outside the box and find out what people eat in other countries. Of course we try dishes like Upma for ourselves. We’ve already had our sabi, an Israeli street food breakfast, or a crispy hash brown from the USA. We also had these delicious dishes on the breakfast menu:

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A plate of upma, the Indian breakfast semolina, with peas and coriander.


Eat Indian Breakfast: Today we have a good Apma.

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Indian breakfast semolina with lots of spices.


  1. First, cook the semolina for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring regularly. Then put it aside.

  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chana dal, yurd beans, asafoetida and chili powder Fry for 2 minutes. Then add cash.

  3. Peel and chop the red onion and ginger and add them as well. After a few minutes, add the peas and season with pepper, salt and pepper. Pour the water, stir and bring to the boil. Taste again and reduce the heat.

  4. Now add the semolina to the ingredients and mix well to avoid any lumps. After taking the water well, let everything cook for 5 minutes with the lid closed. Then remove the lid, mash everything with a fork and filter with lemon juice.

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