Rava Kichadi – Pressure Cooker Method


I love upma varieties, and even if I am having Upma daily I wont regret. Instead of cooking in pan I generally cook Rava kichadi in Cooker as its lump free and easy to cook.

Rava Kichadi – Pressure Cooker Method

Preparation Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 25 mins | Serves : 3


Sooji /Rava –  1 cup, roasted

Onion – 1, thinely sliced

Tomato – 1, finely chopped

Carrot – 1, small cubes

Beans – 4, cored and chopped

Frozen/Fresh peas – 3 tbsp

Frozen/Fresh corn – 3 tbsp

Green chilli – 1, slit

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp

Water – 2  cups

Cardamom pods – 1

Cinnamon – 1/8 stick

Cloves – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Fennel seeds powder – 1/8 tsp

Star Ansie – 1

Salt – as needed

Oil – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves and Coriander leaves  – few



  • Boil 2 cups of water in a kettle or in stove and keep aside
  • Add oil to the pressure cooker and when the oil is hot add clove, bay leaf, Star Ansie, cardamom pod, cinnamon and fennel seed powder; cook for 30 secs.
  • Add onion, green chilli and ginger-garlic paste and sauté them till the onions are translucent. Add tomato and cook till they became mushy
  • Add carrot, beans, corn and peas; sauté till vegetables are half cooked. Add garam masala ,turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and cook for a minute



  • Add the roasted rava and sauté for a minute. Add hot water, salt and ghee; close the pressure cooker, cook till the steam comes well and switch off (like we cook Idli). Open the cooker after the pressure relases


  • Add coriander leaves and serve with any chutney



  • Instead of pressure cooker method Can also cook the kichadi in pan
  • Potato, cauliflower or any other veggies of your choice can be added

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33 thoughts on “Rava Kichadi – Pressure Cooker Method

  1. Susana February 10, 2015 at 1:07 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    The rava kitchadi which is served back in tamil nadu , in hotels or in functions i see semiya also added to rava.by any chance do you know the proportion.i am just trying to get the same taste and feel

    Will try this pressure cooker method as i get rava kitchadi and upma dry and it always sticks to the pan


  2. Julie is HostessAtHeart February 9, 2015 at 2:03 PM Reply

    Rava is new to me I had to look it up to see what it is. Your dish looks amazing with all of the flavors you’ve used.

  3. Bernice February 9, 2015 at 11:49 AM Reply

    Looks wonderful!

  4. andy February 9, 2015 at 8:22 AM Reply

    Perfect way to feed the kids some nutritive food loaded with veggies 🙂 Looks delicious !

  5. simplyvegetarian777 February 9, 2015 at 6:54 AM Reply

    Wow Vidya! So this is not upma but khichdi!!!!

  6. Bikramjit February 9, 2015 at 6:31 AM Reply

    I like this one.. it looks yummmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  7. Sundari February 9, 2015 at 5:15 AM Reply

    healthy and filling breakfast!!

  8. Chitra Jagadish February 9, 2015 at 1:25 AM Reply

    This sounds flavorsome with whole spices- yummm

  9. marudhuskitchen February 8, 2015 at 11:43 PM Reply

    like to have it hot with spicy chutney…too good

  10. Malathi February 8, 2015 at 11:24 PM Reply

    healthy breakfast:)

  11. Malathi February 8, 2015 at 11:23 PM Reply

    Healthy Breakfast…:)

  12. srividhya February 8, 2015 at 11:09 PM Reply

    Its like upma biriyani right? Never added ginger garlic paste thought.. need to give it a shot.

  13. Malar February 8, 2015 at 10:15 PM Reply

    I usually do only arisi upma in pressure cooker, this looks great Vidya….I should try it sometime. Loved that cutie little squirrel in the background 😀

  14. indusinternationalkitchen February 8, 2015 at 8:16 PM Reply

    I love your method of upma using pressure cooker. I will try next time. thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  15. Aruna Panangipally February 8, 2015 at 6:26 PM Reply

    Nice and easy way to make up a, Vidya. I love the fact you have used cinnamon et al to spice it up. 🙂

  16. andy1076 February 8, 2015 at 5:16 PM Reply

    Never thought a pressure cooker could make such a delicious dish! I love your layout and your cute little squirrel spokesman 🙂

  17. apuginthekitchen February 8, 2015 at 5:09 PM Reply

    This dish looks delicious, You use semolina? It’s so pretty, the shape is very nice. Looks like a creamy sauce or is it a chutney you served with it?

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