Bell Pepper Upma

This is one of the quick go-to meals on any given evening to serve unexpected guests or to simply satisfy early evening hunger. The heavenly aroma of this upma made us drool when mom made it and now when I make it here, the wait seems endless before I can grab a bite!

This upma is flavoured with Bisibelebath powder, not usually used in a dish like Upma. Bisibelebath powder is easy to make and has more uses than just one. So make a batch.

You will need:

1 cup Upma Sooji (Semolina), dry roasted till fragrant
2 ¼ cups Water
¼ cup Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Urad Dal
½ tsp Chana Dal
Few curry leaves
1 cup chopped Green bell pepper
2 ½ tsp Bisibelebath powder
2 tsp fresh Lemon juice
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro

Heat the oil in a non stick pan. Add the mustard seeds, and when it begins to splutter, add the urad and chana dals. Saute on medium heat for a few seconds and then add the curry leaves. Now add the chopped green bell pepper. Cook until soft and done about 7-8 minutes. Add the water, cover and bring to a boil on high heat.

When the water begins to boil, remove lid, add salt, lemon juice and Bisibelebath powder. Stir and then reduce heat to low. Slowly add the roasted sooji while stirring continuously to prevent lumps. The mixture will quickly thicken, stir and cover. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then stir again. Check for seasoning. Add the chopped cilantro and combine. Serve hot.

A variation to this recipe is to add Eggplant , 1 inch pieces instead of the Green bell pepper. It tastes just as good.


  1. Upma with bell pepper sounds new to me, looks tasty!

  2. New recipe to me....the snaps are very nice...

  3. lovely and nice upma something new.

  4. Bell pepper upma sounds interesting :-)

    Lovely clicks ...

  5. Yummy...upma sounds yummy and flavourful..

  6. I had heard of adding vangibath pudi to masala upma but never tried adding BBB powder to it! I will give it a try soon :)

  7. so lovely creation of Upma. I just bought a MTR BBB powder. Didn't knw it can be used in upma too. :)

  8. Upma looks so delicious!

  9. this is just simply genius!

  10. Upma with bisebela bath powder is a novel idea!


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