Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Spicy Rava/Sooji Kichadi

This was my fav. "on the go" breakfast item from a small food stall at Besant nagar,Chennai, that i used grab on my way to work.They had wonderful menu for all breakfst items.Though it was very small stall, they were always busy and you won't get your fav. item if you go little late.So here is my attempt on my fav. rava kichadi.


Rava - 2 C (fine)
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Tomato - 1(chopped)
Green peas - 1/2 C
Carrot - 1/4 C (grated)
Ghee - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Salt - as needed
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Curry leaves- as needed
Oil - 2 tsp
Cashews - as needed (opional)

To grind

Garlic - 2 pods
Cinnamon - 1 piece
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1
Fennel seeds/Perunjeeragam - 1/2tsp
Green chillies - 3


In a pan, heat 1 tsp of ghee and fry rava in that till nice aroma comes.Keep it aside and let it cool down.In a kadai, heat oil and ghee.Fry mustard seeds,curryleaves.Fry Onions and tomatoes.Add green peas, carrot,turmeric powder and the grounded paste and fry well till raw smell goes.Now add 5 cups of water and salt to this and let it come to boil.Now add rava to this and mix well.Once it is getting to boil, cover the lid and keep it in low flame for about 8-10mts.I served it hot with coconut- mint chutney.


Prema Sundar said...

wow Rava khichadi is my favourite. Unfortunately My husband does not like it a lot so I dont make it more often. I make it with the veggies but in a bit simpler version.Adding tomatoes and grinding the masala sure would enhance the taste..
I didn't make it for a long time and now after seeing ur picture Iam going to make for sure this week.

Vcuisine said...

Such a homely food. Always handy in time of emergency. That too as you said with coconut chutney, it is so tasty. Nice picture. Viji

archana said...

Rawa khichadi is new to me I always made upma or sheera :-) Good recipe will surely try it :)

Sia's corner said...

it looks like rava upma (which always looked like khichidi) which my hostel used to serve:)
my comment on ur choco icecream is missing:( grrr... this blogger... loved it mahi. my all time fav choco+icecream:) wanted to ask u is little of that left in freezer?

indosungod said...

Maheswari, that Ravai Khicadi sure looks tasty. I don't add the ground masala. Looks delicious.

Asha said...

Kichadi is not a good's too be that Mahesh.It's almost Rava Biryani.Very good color and sounds very tasty with coconut chutney.Yummy!! Thanks for this friend.I will try.
I have one spicy Uppittu recipe,will post sometimes.

USHA said...

Hi Maheswari,

Kichadi looks colourful ,delicious.I like with veggies in it,but what i have problem is always i end up in some lumps formation in recipe..

Though all the recipes compare to my beginning period i have improved alot,this is one which i need to learn to do perfect.After seeing yours, feels very eagerness to try again.

Sharmi said...

Hi Mahi,
Thanks a lot for dropping by.
I saw all your blogs.and also a parupu vadai in this blog which you might have come across in my blog too. I think you are from tamilnadu! if so which place can I know? Rava kichadiya patu romba pasikidu.

will come back

Mishmash ! said...

Mahe, It sounds somewhat like a rava upma but the difference comes with paste right ? I am yet to have my breakfast and I wish I had that plate instead of my cereal bowl !! hey, I read ur response to my comment on the choco-icecream...and I could really imagine ur son waiting impatiently when u were taking the photograph. Is that his photo in ur profile pic ?


Maheswari said...

Thanks Prema,That grounded masala does make a big difference.Try it, may be u'r H will change his mind.

Thanks viji,yeap..coconut chutney is a nice combo.

Thanks archana, try it and lemme know.

Thanks Sia,you are always welcome to have some ..but..u know it's bit late, my lil' one had his last cone yesterday..:)).Same here sia, i too hated my hostel food.

thanks Indo,try it with the's tasty.

Thanks asha,waiting for u'r uppittu recipe.

Thanks usha,since we are adding more water to kichadi, it doesn't form lumps.Try it and lemme know.

Thanks sharmi, for visiting.I am from Kerala-tamilnadu border.Though family hails from thirunelveli dist, i was born n' brought from Trivandrum,Kerala.

Thanks Shn, yeah..the paste makes it really is my son in the profile pic.

Sharmi said...

Oh we have something similar, I am a andrite born and bought up in tamilnadu, with lot of mallu friends around me. Then finally landed in hyderabad, my hubby's well knowledged of all three states.


just for fun said...

Your Kichadi looks colorful and delicious :) Now I have to try this.

Manjula said...

Good master version of upma. Never tried adding whole Garam masala into the upma..Refreshing change from the usual upma.

Sandeepa said...

Isn't this Rava Upma ? I like it too but I always thought it is Upma.
Nice pic

swapna said...

wow mahi
i love rava upma with the veggies.u have given a big twist by adding spicy ness to it.the plate is looking so tasty!!!

Jyothsna said...

Hi Mahe, my mother makes this and calls it shahi rava upma. A better name than khichadi I think!! :) Thanks for sharing, brought some nice memories!!:)

Mishmash ! said...

Mahe, I was just going around ur page to see some chicken recipes and to my suprise, I found so many in ur collection ! That too with lot of variety..Now I'm thinking which one to try first! :)

Take care & have a fun weekend :)
P.S Hey I just read that u were brought up at TVM, my hubby is also from the same place, so u must be pretty comfortable with malayalam rt ? No wonder somehow I had an impression that u re from kerala but was confused too :)

Lakshmik said...

Hi Maheswari

The kichidi looks yummy.

sra said...

Hi Maheswari, this is one of my favourite dishes!

maheswari said...

Hey sharmi, then i am expecting all three cuisines from you..:))

Thanks jas, try it and lemme know.

Thanks manjula, adding garam masala makes a big diff.

Sandeepa , this is more spicier than rava uppuuma.

Thanks swapna,jyitsna,lakshmi and ra.

Mishmash, try chicken recipe and lemme know how it turned out.Yeap i am pretty comfortable with malayalam.I can speak and read very well.Only problem is writing...:))

Anonymous said...

great recipe...spicy rava looks inviting...hmmm...thanks for sharing

Sushma said...

Rava kichdi is new to me..I generally make upma or dosa/idli with rava.. Should give this recipe a try ..looks comforting

Richa said...

went thru ur blog, good recipes going on here. Liked ur Sooji kichadi,I like upma & hv posted my version.

deena said...

..Rava khichdi was a wonderful recipe..i tried it the very next day ..its excellent .& u r right that ground masala makes a lot of difference..

Anonymous said...

hi there,
For 2 cups of rava , isnt 5 cups of water too much??Your picture looks perfect my rave comes too mushy, and i add 1 is to 2 ratio only.

maheswari said...

Hi A, this is kichadi which is supposed to be mushy like ven pongal.For rava uppuma i add only 1:2 ratio.

Anonymous said...

Hey tried it, Came out well

sangeetha said...

Hi Maheswari,
When one is a pretty decent cook, you can tell by just reading a recipe if its gonna be good or not...YOU ARE A GREAT COOK. I had bookmarked your blog a couple of weeks ago, and i tried out the kichdi this morning...what an awesome taste. It goes well with coconut chutney and also plain yogurt. I am going to be trying out your egg, chicken, shrimp and mutton recipes this week.
Thanks a ton for sharing your skills.

Maheswari said...

Thanks Sangeetha.Means a lot.

Vidhya said...

wow, kichadi looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I do have a recipe blog. visit if u get a chance.

SreeBindu said...


Tried this recipe, It was Yummy.

dr kat said...

Hi Maheshwari!

Thanks you so much for sharing the recipe. I have been looking for the perfect Rava Kichadi recipe, but most blogs describe it just the way one would make upma!

I tried it last night, and it was absolutely awesome!

Thanks again, keep up the good work!


Anonymous said...

The best khichdi I ever made n haft !!thnx a lot!!