Monday, August 12, 2013

Sago Upma - Javvarisi Upma Recipe

Sago Upma Recipe
I first tasted sago upma at my aunts place when I was in school, it was served as a snack and I instantly loved its look and enjoyed the upma too. After I tried sabudanan khichdi, I had little sago left so made this upma for breakfast.I love the lemon flavour the best in this upma tangy and yummy upma ready in minutes. Do try this for yourself or for your kids!
Javvarisi Upma Recipe

Sago Upma Recipe

Sago Upma Recipe
Preparation Time : 5 mins + soaking time | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Sago(Javvarisi) - 3/4 cup
Big Onion - 1 finely chopped
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp chopped finely
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp
Chana Dal - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Green Chillies - 1 chopped finely
Hing - a tiny pinch


  1. Rinse sago well with water and soak sago overnight or for atleast 5 hrs with enough water just to immerse it well...Dont add more water as it will become mushy.After the mentioned time if you see the sago must have absorbed the water well and if you press it with your fingers it will be soft, Set aside. Heat oil in a pan - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Sago Upma Recipe - Step1
  2. Then add onion  along with turmeric powder then fry till golden brown.Add required salt.Then add sago and give a quick mix.Sago Upma Recipe - Step2
  3. Keep cooking stirring it until the sago starts turning transparent.Take care not to mush it up and also make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom.Even if it starts sticking, just keep fluffing it up.Once the sago turns fully transparent then add grated coconut, coriander leaves and switch off. Finally add lemon juice.Sago Upma Recipe - Step3
Serve hot!
Javvarisi Upma

My Notes:

  • Dont choose the nylon variety sago....the other bigger variety suits well for this upma.
  • Take care while adding water to soak sago...this is a very important step....if you add more water then it will become mushy.If you are soaking in the mrg then you can check it now and then, fluff it up inbetween this gives nonsticky sago.
  • If you dont like lemon flavour just skip lemon juice and make it as plain upma.
  • You can replace big onion with small onion too.
  • Make sure you switch off and leave 5mins before lemon juice is added else there are chances for the upma to turn bitter.
  • Toss the sago well to avoid sticking to the bottom.
Sago Upma

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Such a yummy dish and it has come out very well...

  2. healthy upma.. Quite filling.. Perfect brunch item

  3. Love the colour and the texture of sago of preparation . Your recipe reminds me of my grand mother she used to prepare sago upma without adding turmeric .

  4. love the texture and this looks so delicious

  5. Wow simply superb... Bookmarked...

  6. wow ! so colorful and filling upma.

  7. Delicious and fulfilling upma. Loved the look of it.

  8. one of my fav upma, looks inviting..perfectly cooked! love k.kadappa n idli, waiting for your next post :)

  9. yummy and filling upma..looks great...

  10. My favorite upma... I make with the small javvarisi and also add cooked moong dhal..
    Dish It Out - Onions & Chillis

  11. Super tempting upma, never tried this way

  12. mmm... perfectly made. I tasted this once at my friend's place but never tried making.

  13. Perfect texture of the sago upma.

  14. it was Yummy tummy .i tried it today morning

  15. We prepared it today, but without onion and coconut it tasted really good.

  16. Thanks for sharing sago recipe. This sago upma looks really great. I have used sago to make similar recipe of vrat khichdi.

    Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

    Do check out the recipe. I hope you like it.

  17. a great idea.
    well presented with images.
    love it

  18. Hey.
    It looks yummy.
    U can try varlakshmi sago available at rengas rs puram. U need to soak for half hour only and then keep aside for draining in a colander for 4 hrs. They come out really good.

  19. Tried it today....came out really well...Filling,healthy and easily available safe recipe...thanks for sharing 👍

  20. Looks yummy. I personally think nylon sago is the best for making javvarisi upma.


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