Yummy Green Upma for toddlers

Cooking for a fussy eater is never simple. You got to explore all possibilities to make a fussy toddler eat. Also babies easily get bored of repetition and they don’t want to see the same food again. So I trick my little one by adding a different veggie to the same recipe each time so it becomes a new meal all together.

Also since they are these tiny tots we need to take immense care that we provide them healthy nutritious foods. But to my dismay my little one doesn’t love trying new food/taste rather he wants the food he is comfortable with like rice with yogurt or rice with veggie and lentils else just cereals n selective fruits. Rest is just for him to play with abd get messy. He takes a while to get comfortable with any new food I try be it pasta or roti etc. Since my options are limited I came up with this simple recipe¬†for my son as he loves broccoli and has had semolina/sooji earlier. He loved it so much that he went for another serving.


This is a guilt free food that anyone could try for their toddlers as its nutritious and also filling. So here goes the recipe

Yummy Green Upma Recipe


Semolina – 1/2 cup

Spinach, peas and broccoli – a small handful (washed and cut into small pieces)

Clarified butter/ghee – 1 tsp

Cream – 1 tbsp (optional if you want your little one to gain weight)

Garlic – 1 (optional aids digestion)


  1. Dry roast semolina until it turns golden and keep aside

  2. Add clarified butter to a hot skillet and fry spinach and broccoli along with garlic until the spinach is thawed n wilted and  until broccoli is semi cooked.

  3. Now add water and add peas and allow all the veggies to be thoroughly cooked.

  4. The roasted soonish/semolina could be added to the boiling veggies at this point. Allow sooji to boil until its cooked and all the water us absorbed.

  5. The cooked upma has to be mushy and soft in consistency else add a little more hot water and allow semolina to cook thoroughly.

  6. This step is optional, when upma is almost ready add a dollop of cream which would add flavor and richness