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The Humble Upma

That taken for granted south Indian delicacy

26 Jun, 2015 by Sanchi Arora

That taken for granted south Indian delicacy

At some point of time in our lives, we have always craved for a delicious upma for breakfast. When we head to a good South Indian restaurant, we often emphasize on the dosa and the vada, while the upma is often under-estimated. However, there is no ignoring this basic, delectable and light dish made of rava (sooji) which just melts in the mouth completely. Cook it with some ghee, and let it play with your taste buds. While a lot of restaurants do a good upma, let us tell you where to head when you crave for this beauty, the places that hit just the right spot!

Carnatic Café

While this place tucked away in New Friends Colony does just the right variety of dosas, what you certainly cannot ignore is their wonderful upma. With traces of coconut, an aroma to die for and basic accompaniments done well, there is no missing this. You will fall in love with the tri-colored chutneys served along with your food. Go ahead, give it a try.

Café Lota

Why we want you to visit this place is for their extremely modern take on the humble upma, which we feel, is bang on. They do a protein rich quinoa upma, which is cooked with southern spices, seasonal vegetables and peanuts. Sounds interesting already? Head to the National crafts museum in Pragati Maidan, and well, enjoy the feast.

Coffee Home

Nostalgia hits hard when you talk about this ever so popular place in Connaught Place. Coffee brewed to perfection and very limited, basic things on the menu, Coffee Home undoubtedly has an unmatched charm to it. They do a very basic and delicious upma, so when the weather is good to you, head to their open space and enjoy. Subtle flavours and very reasonable prices, you will absolutely enjoy your serving here!

Karnataka Food Centre

Located in RK Puram and known for doing authentic South Indian delicacies, the place is always jam-packed and full of happy customers. A very basic ambience but some delicious food going on, it is the vegetarian’s paradise. The upma is phenomenal, and they also do a Chow Chow Bhaat which is a combination of upma and kesari bhaat. Enjoy your food with the warmth of the hospitable staff here.


Ideal for a day-out with family, head to Naivedyam for a lovely ambience and a good evening. With the servers dressed in South Indian attire and an interesting menu, this is our choice if you wish to avoid the canteen rush and chaos. With multiple branches in Delhi, this place does a filling and delicious vegetable upma, so what are you thinking? Find your nearest outlet already.

While some believe that Upma is very basic to go wrong with, we feel that it is crucial to get the flavours right. A very dry and lumpy Upma is inedible, and so is a runny and flavourless one. Hit the right places for the taste that is spot on!

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