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Arisi upma recipe | how to make arisi upma

by Jeyashri suresh

Arisi Upma is a very popular and traditional Tamil Brahmin recipe. It is made
using raw rice and lentil (toor dal). It is a very simple and flavourful one-pot meal,
generally made on fasting days. It makes its presence in my kitchen atleast once a
week for dinners as we all love arisi upma. In the olden days, people made arisi
upma in a brass vessel called as uruli. Even today, my mother and mother in law
continue to make arisi upma in this vessel. My mother, being a working woman moved
on to making arisi upma in a pressure cooker as it was easier and time saving. I
learnt to make this version from her and was totally amazed with the outcome. For a
better texture and flavor, I always add a handful of grated coconut to this arisi upma,
an expert advice given to me by my grandmother. Moving on to the recipe.
Coconut chutney and Kalyana Gotsu pairs well with Arisi upma.

Arisi upma recipe

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 3-4

     Raw rice | Pacharisi 1 and 1/2 cup 
     Toor dal   3 tblsp
     Cumin seeds | jeeragam   1 tsp
     Pepper   1/2 tsp
     Red chili  1
     Curry leaves   few
     Cooking oil    1 tblsp
     Coconut oil   1 tblp
     Coconut    3 tblsp (optional)
     Asafoetida   2 pinches
     Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
     Salt as needed
     Curry  leaves   few

Arisi upma recipe

Method with step by step pictures.

    • Wash the rice and drain all the water.
    • Dry it in a cloth ,by spreading the rice in the cloth.

  • This procedure helps in breaking of the rice evenly without making it a powder.
  • When it is dry,transfer it to the mixie.
  • Just coarsely grind it in the mixie along with the toor dal,cumin seeds and pepper.
  • The consistency should be like that of  arisi kurunnai.
  • This is called upma udasal. We can store this in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  • If keeping in the room temperature,ensure that the rice is completely dry.
  • Else fungus will be formed.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the cooking oil and coconut oil .
  • Add mustard seeds, asafoetida,curry leaves and redchilli to it.
  • Now add water to it and allow it to boil.
  • For one cup of the rice kurunnai,add 2 cups of water. The entire mixture of ground kurunai came to 2.25 cups. For 1 cup of that add 2 cups of water.
  • Add salt to it.
  • Allow this to boil nicely.
  • When it boils nicely add the rice kurunai to it.
  • When half of the upma is done,close the cooker with the lid. Stir well to avoid getting lumps.
  • Keep it in a low flame and cook for 10-12 mins .
  • In this time we may get one whistle from the cooker.
  • Serve with spicy Coconut thogaiyal or Kalyana gotsu.
  • My family loves this with simple butter milk.


  1. This recipe is usually done with raw rice,but if u dont get it,u can use parboiled rice too.(not the idli rice).
  2. You can also replace arisi kurunai available in the store,so that u can skip the first 2 steps.
  3. Arisi upma can be made using millets too. No need to pulse the millets.
  4. If you want the upma bit mushy add 2.5 cups of water for 1 cup of the rice mixture.
  5. If you have a ricemill, in the place u live,u can grind a sizable quantity and store the arisi upma odasal.

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Priti August 9, 2010 - 2:32 pm

Looks yummy...I never tried or ate this so far...shall try some time ..nice pics

Kitchen Flavours August 9, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Oh wow...that's an simple and yum recipe...

kothiyavunu.com August 9, 2010 - 3:47 pm

Delicious upma...we too love this...I make this often 🙂

Pavithra Srihari August 9, 2010 - 3:51 pm

This is one of my rec favourites and you have reminded me to make this for myself 🙂 ..
Yours look so tempting jeys

Akila August 9, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Wow... superb clicks dear.... looks wonderful...

aipi August 9, 2010 - 4:14 pm

that is new to me..looks very good, will try it

Vrinda August 9, 2010 - 4:22 pm

Gr8 recipe,never tasted this,bookmarked....

srividhya Ravikumar August 9, 2010 - 4:44 pm

my all time favourite upma...yours looks yumm...arisi upma ,milagai podi with curd...mmm heaven...

PALATABLE August 9, 2010 - 5:19 pm

Totally new to me, sounds healthy and delicious...


Kalyani & Gayatri August 9, 2010 - 6:04 pm

I love arisi upma. We also make upma kozakattai. Make this into small balls and steam it one more time. Great pictures

Satya August 9, 2010 - 6:17 pm

arisi upma looks so tempting ...it our favorite too ...i used to do some what like this only but add mung dal in place of toor dal ...will try ur version next time


Nithya August 9, 2010 - 7:49 pm

This is my family favorite 🙂 we even serve rasam along with this. 🙂 yummy 🙂

அப்பாவி தங்கமணி August 9, 2010 - 8:19 pm

I heard of this..never got a proper recipe to try...thanks for sharing... looks yummy..

sowmya's creative saga August 10, 2010 - 1:40 am

makes a yummy breakfast..

admin August 10, 2010 - 2:27 am

thank u friends

RAKS KITCHEN August 10, 2010 - 2:37 am

My all time favorite,never done this way,always buy kurunai from stores! Will soon try this way 🙂

Pavithra August 10, 2010 - 6:57 am

Jeyashri that looks super yummy and my very very fav too. Before going to bed I am simply drooling at ur pictures dear 🙂

Premalatha Aravindhan August 10, 2010 - 6:59 am

luks fantastic jeyashri,lovely pics...

Rekha shoban August 10, 2010 - 7:47 am

arisi upma looks yummy and perfect...nice click jeya.

Padhu August 10, 2010 - 10:02 am

Hi Jayashri
I can relate to most of your recipes I too prepare it in the same way like u in a pressure cooker whereas in my in laws place they prepare it in the vengala panai.I like this with coconut chutney or sambar.Nice pictures Jayashri

Sushma Mallya August 10, 2010 - 12:44 pm

looks lovely

Shama Nagarajan August 10, 2010 - 1:16 pm

we love this...comfort food

shahana August 10, 2010 - 6:47 pm

Wat abeautiful click! luks so tempting....

Chitra August 11, 2010 - 9:40 am

I too make this way sometimes when i run short of noi arisi.. Looks yum & nice click too 🙂

SpicyTasty August 11, 2010 - 1:37 pm

Nice detailed recipe. Thanks for sharing. Lovely recipe.

Sharmilee! :) August 12, 2010 - 2:27 am

I havent tried it but have tasted it at my friends palce...ur version sounds and looks yum

PranisKitchen August 12, 2010 - 3:37 am

any dish we make it in uruli gives really special taste..this upma looks so delicious.. with rice very interesting one

Sadhana August 12, 2010 - 6:13 am

This is my favourite too dear....urs look perfect and yummy. This one and curd is a divine combo...keep rocking dear.

Rachana August 12, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Looks lovely! Beautiful pics!

தக்குடுபாண்டி August 12, 2010 - 5:31 pm

cooker photo yellam poottu kallakkareley. apdiyee cooker whistle sound yepdi irukkumnu oru sound file add panni irukkalaam...:P

Gulmohar August 13, 2010 - 5:35 pm

This is looking fabulous....I can't agree more on"uruli" 🙂

SpicyTasty August 13, 2010 - 9:37 pm

arisi upma is one of my favorite. I love to eat it with yogurt and pickle.

vidhas August 14, 2010 - 4:50 pm

Looks yummy, nice click. i like arisi uppma with kathrikai kothsu.

Radha August 18, 2011 - 9:44 am

Thanks for the Arisi Upma recipe.I tried different versions of the same upma,but nothing satisfied my personal critique[my husband].I almost gave up on trying this upma,then I found u r blog and tried it.Guess what, my husband told me this was the taste he was expecting.thanks to u.it is very easy too.

Radha August 18, 2011 - 9:47 am

Thanks for the Arisi Upma recipe.I tried different versions of the same upma,but nothing satisfied my personal critique[my husband].I almost gave up on trying this upma,then I found u r blog and tried it.Guess what, my husband told me this was the taste he was expecting.thanks to u.it is very easy too.

keerthi January 26, 2012 - 4:11 am

Thanks for recipe. All the times that I made earlier it would either be too mushy or dry. But this time the tase was perfect. Thanks to your detailed recipe. The part where I was going wrong was the last step.


keerthi January 26, 2012 - 4:14 am

Thank you for the detailed recipe with pics. All the times that I made this earlier it would either be mushy or dry. Never the right consistency. But this time I followed your recipe and half cooked it then pressure cooked it in low for one whistle. It came out perfect and tasted like my mom's 🙂 thanks again!!

WeR SAHM February 5, 2013 - 11:14 am

a very comforting upma with Thogayal , we use to call it as "Biyyam Nooka Upma "in telugu and also we powder dhal too....

radha March 21, 2013 - 9:35 pm

How long do you have to dry the rice?

admin March 22, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Dry it for 1/2 an hour radha

Sowmya B October 12, 2013 - 9:24 am

Please mention, how many members can have with your mentioned quantity.

jeyashri suresh October 12, 2013 - 10:48 am

This serves 3-4 people Sowmya.

rajshreebiswas November 6, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Hi what is raw rice? Is it any kind of rice?

jeyashri suresh November 7, 2013 - 1:21 pm

It is sona masoori rice

Mahalakshmi Maruthi December 22, 2014 - 5:16 am

My all time favorite, we too do this way..nice

anu October 31, 2017 - 12:46 pm

I also add grated coconut to the boiling water. It adds a nice flavour.

Mohan krishnan May 5, 2019 - 11:18 am

We do this regularly. Mom makes huge quantity of the udasal by taking it to the maavu machine (you know what it means). One more way is to roast the udasal after the mustard garnishing add coconut and then water and the whistle process. It taste the same

admin May 6, 2019 - 8:04 am

Yes my mom too makes udasal in bulk from machine only. Will try this roasting method. Thank you so much for sharing.

Chitra November 14, 2019 - 10:45 am

Hi Jeyashri,

Can we try with brown rice ?.Will the
measurement of water will remain the same ,pls confirm.Can you pls try at once with browm rice and advise.

Jeyashris Kitchen November 22, 2019 - 3:04 pm

I am yet to try with brown rice version.

Savithri June 6, 2020 - 8:16 am

Can idly rava be used for arisi Upma ?

Jeyashri suresh June 7, 2020 - 1:56 pm

No Idli Rava will be too tiny and the texture won't be good.


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