Carrot Kharabath (Carrots with cream of wheat)

Formula 100. That’s what mom calls Rava Upma/Rava Khichdi/Khaarabath. It literally takes 15-20 minutes to make this breakfast/ dinner recipe and you can add as many vegetables as you want in this dish. If you have left over stir fried vegetables or korma, just throw them in and make this savory pudding. If you do not have any vegetables handy, just make it with some green chilies and cilantro. It will still be flavorful. You do not need anything fancy to make this dish. It will taste good whether it has vegetables, spices or even as simple upma with ghee.

This Kharabath is a anytime dish in our place. N likes both kharabath and kesari bath (authentic Karnataka Breakfasts) and he can eat them for Breakfast,Lunch or Dinner. If I am cooking for myself when N is on a tour, I just make them in a pot to last me for a couple of days along with maggi noodles, and then get a book to get myself occupied 😉

With spicy mango or garlic pickles, upma is real comfort food.

Ingredients (Serves-2)

Rava(Cream of wheat)- 2 cups

Finely chopped onion-1/4 cup

Finely chopped tomato-one(small tomato)

Carrots and potatoes (grated)- 1/2 cup

Peas- 1/4 cup

Oil- 2 tsp

Salt- 1 tsp

Mustard seeds-1 tsp

Chana dal- 1 tsp

Turmeric powder- 3/4 tsp

Red chili powder- 1/2 tsp

Chopped ginger- 1 tbsp

Slit green chilies- 3 numbers

Curry leaves- 4

Cilantro to garnish

Lemon juice(optional)

Water- 4 cups


Add a tsp of oil in a pan and fry the rava till it turns golden color and smells like its well done. Remove from fire.

In another pan(uruli), heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add chana dal, curry leaves, chopped ginger and slit green chilies. Stir for a minute.

Add the chopped onions and fry well till it turns transparent. Add grated veggies, tomato,salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add 4 cups of water and cover. I grated these veggies as they will cook faster and will look colorful too.

When the water is boiling and the veggies have turned tender, reduce the heat to a low or switch off for a minute(This is important else rava will splatter all over the place).

Now slowly add the fried rava and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed. Increase the flame to high for a minute, stir well and switch off. Do not keep cooking after adding the rava. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lemon juice. Serve hot with a dollop of ghee on top.

Partially cover the pan after switching off, else the upma will get soggy and sticky instead of single grains.

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11 Comments to “Carrot Kharabath (Carrots with cream of wheat)”

  1. Rupali says:

    fantastic way to get ur family to eat veggies :))

  2. Nice picture. I have never put lemon juice on upma. Will try next time.

  3. Simple & delicious kharabath,Nice idea of adding carrots as well…Nice one for a healthy and complete breakfast…

  4. indosungod says:

    Most definitely, I like anything with -bath in its name. This is more or less how I make it too.

  5. Priya says:

    Kharabhaath looks ready to finish the whole plate with spicy coconut chuntey…yumm!!

  6. Looks like you can read my mind:) I do exactly the same when my hubby is on a tour:) I love upma…

  7. yes it tastes great with pickles..yummy.. this one looks delicious..

  8. notyet100 says:

    looks delicious nd healthy

  9. Cham says:

    Oh the chow chow bath, all kannadigas fav- I like my karabath with pickle :)

  10. I love the kharabath so so much….. It’s very delicious….. filling & healthy too….. What more can anyone expect from the food that we eat????


  11. Joanne says:

    This sounds intriguing! I’ve only ever had cream of wheat as a breakfast type of dish, never with all of these savory ingredients in it. Delicious!

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