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Chicken Upma- Semolina Recipe | Easy One Pot Meal

Chicken upma is a flavorful and satisfying dish. It is a variation of the traditional upma, which is a savory porridge made with semolina or coarse rice flour. Chicken upma incorporates pieces of chicken along with spices and vegetables to create a hearty and delicious meal.

This is a perfect one pot meal, can be enjoyed with raita or pickle.

Chicken Upma- Semolina Recipe | Easy One Pot Meal
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Ghee- 1 tbsp
  • Dried bay leaves- 2
  • Whole cardamom- 3
  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Green chili, chopped- 1 or 2
  • Tomato, chopped- 1
  • Boneless chicken, diced small- 1 chicken breast or thighs
  • Kashmiri chili powder- 1 tsp (for more spice add regular chili powder)
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Roasted semolina or rava- 1½ cups
  • Warm water- ½ cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 tbsp
  1. For making this, roasted semolina or rava that's used for making upma has to be added, available in Indian stores.
  2. Place a large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add ghee, add dried bay leaves & whole cardamom; saute for a few seconds.
  4. Add onion, season with ½ tsp salt, saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste & green chili, saute till onions turn golden in color.
  6. Add tomato chopped, cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken, combine well.
  8. Add all the above mentioned spices, combine well.
  9. Add 1 cup water & cook covered for a few minutes till the chicken has cooked well.
  10. Open the lid, there will be some liquid in the pot.
  11. Add ½ cup more warm water. For 1½ cups semolina, 1¾ cups liquid is required. Add water accordingly.
  12. Add 1½ cups roasted semolina or rava, combine well.
  13. Semolina will absorb all the liquid.
  14. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  15. Close the pot with the lid, cook over low heat for a few minutes till the semolina has turned soft.
  16. Ensure the chicken upma doesn't get stuck to the bottom of the pan. Don't overcook.
  17. Take the pan off the heat & keep it covered for sometime.
  18. Take the chicken upma in a small round bowl & press the top using the back of a spoon.
  19. To a plate, flip the bowl over so the upma will fall nicely onto the plate in the shape of a dome, this will make a beautiful presentation, garnish with mint or cilantro leaves.
  20. Serve in a plate & enjoy with raita or pickle.



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