While writing a recipe, I usually google up the main ingredient to know about its health benefits so I can include it in my post. When I was writing this recipe, I found out that sooji (semolina) is a rich source of protein and that the plant pigments (beta-carotene) found in sooji help boost our immune system. Before trying this vegetable upma recipe, I tried to include sooji in Devansh’s diet when he was around 9 months old. At that time I did not know the exact benefits of sooji. All I knew was that sooji has been part of our diet for generations and that it is good for health. And so I was keen that Devansh eats it. However, getting Devansh to like sooji was a challenge.

Vegetable Upma for Babies, Toddlers, and Kids

I tried to get him to eat sooji ka halwa when he was around 9-10 months of age and he didn’t like it. So I gave him upma, which I made without using chili powder. He didn’t like the bland upma. After 3-4 attemps of feeding him sooji halwa and upma I gave up. After he was one and a half, I decided to give it one more shot. This time I used chili powder to make the upma spicy and instead of just adding mashed vegetables in the upma I sauted them in (powdered) jeera tadka. And voila…Devansh started eating upma. Hope your li’l one enjoys this upma. 🙂

Also See:

Other Upma Recipes by MumMumTime

MumMumTime on Twitter

Vegetable Upma Recipe

Baby, toddler, and kid-friendly recipe of upma made using sooji/rava and assorted vegetables.
Course Main Dish, Snacks


  • 4 tbsp sooji semolina
  • 1 pinch of hing asafoetida
  • 1 pinch of haldi turmeric powder
  • 1/5th tsp red chilli powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp jeera powder cumin seed powder
  • 3-4 tbsp mashed vegetables cooked as per the recipe url mentioned in notes
  • 2 tbsp homemade ghee clarified butter
  • salt to taste


  • Heat a pan and add sooji.
  • Roast the sooji on low flame for about 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  • When the sooji has just started to turn light brown, add 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Roast the sooji on ghee for a couple of minutes while stirring continuously.
  • Add 2 cups of water. (Reduce the quantity if you're making the upma for older kids, who don't need runny upma. One cup water would be fine.)
  • Add red chili powder and salt, and stir properly. (You can use less or no red chili powder if your baby’s smaller or is not used to spicy food.)
  • Bring the sooji to a boil, then lower the flame and allow it to simmer till it reaches the desired consistency. For smaller babies, you will need to make the upma slightly runny.
  • Heat another pan.
  • Add ghee and immediately add jeera powder.
  • Stir the jeera powder for a minute, and then add haldi and hing.
  • Add mashed vegetables and stir for a minute. If you don’t have mashed vegetables ready with you and want to use fresh vegetables, boil them properly and then mash them finely or coarsely depending on your baby’s age.
  • Add the mashed vegetables to the cooked sooji and mix properly.
  • Add some homemade ghee to the upma before serving it.

This post was last modified on April 11, 2019 8:45 am

Mukta Tikekar @mooktah

MumMumTime - Owner, Blogger & Writer.

Recent Posts

20 Easy Homemade Baby Food Recipes for 6 to 12 Month Old Babies

Introducing solids to your baby at 6 months is a milestone not only for babies but for mothers as well.… Read More

6 months ago

Chinese Style Mushroom Chilli Stir Fry, Schezwan Chilli Mushroom Recipe

This Chinese style mushroom chilli stir fry recipe is by my husband Kalpesh. He loves cooking and experimenting with his… Read More

6 months ago

Cold Coffee Recipe, Coffee Shop Style

A low-fat, low-sugar cold coffee recipe to satisfy your taste buds. Try this easy, coffee-shop style Frappe recipe that uses… Read More

11 months ago

Kaju Katri Recipe, Perfect for Festive Celebrations

Kaju katri or kaju katli, recipe with detailed step-by-step video. This popular Indian sweet is ideal for any celebration and… Read More

2 years ago

Honey Glazed Potato Wedges Recipe, Honey Chilli Potato

Potato wedges recipe cooked in little oil, and coated with honey and chili flakes. Something kids and grownups alike will… Read More

2 years ago

How to Make Kesar Pista Kulfi, Using a Matka

Kesar pista kulfi recipe. Indian ice cream set in earthen pots, made without khoya, using easily available ingredients like milk… Read More

2 years ago