Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  375
  • Protein  9 g
  • Carbohydrates  42 g
  • Fat  17 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  280 mg
  • Potassium  363 mg
  • Phosphorus  163 mg
  • Calcium  54 mg
  • Fiber  5.8 g

Vegetable Upma

Vegetable Upma is a kidney-friendly dish typically served at breakfast, but your family will love this grain-vegetable dish at lunch or dinner too.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Lalitha from North Carolina.

Portions: 2     Serving size: 1-1/4 cup


  • 1 tablespoon cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/4 cup tomato
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon split chick peas (chana dahl)
  • 1 teaspoon split black beans (urad dahl)
  • 1/2 cup Cream of Wheat® quick cooking cereal, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 tablespoon curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Chop cashew nuts. Dice onion, carrot and tomato. Chop cilantro and jalapeno pepper. Grate ginger root.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a wok on the stove top over medium to high heat. When oil starts changing its color, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start to pop, turn the heat to medium low and add split chick peas (Chana dahl) and black beans (urad dahl). Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon and add chopped cashew nuts. Fry until the peas and cashew nuts turn golden brown. Add cumin.
  3. Add onion and saute to golden brown. Add tomatoes, carrots, peas, curry leaves, cilantro and ginger and cook until tomatoes soften.
  4. Add cream of wheat and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Heat water to a boil. Add salt and stir in boiling water without forming lumps. Mixture becomes semi-solid consistency. Keep stirring until the water evaporates. Turn the heat to low and close the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off.  Sprinkle lemon juice and fluff with a fork. Divide into 2 portions and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 3 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Chana dahl, Urad dahl, mustard seeds, cumin and curry leaves are available at an Indian grocery store.
  • Upma is a well known breakfast dish in South India. In addition to semolina (farina, Cream of Wheat®), upma contains seasonings and vegetables. 

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Vegetable Upma

srinito5 says:


My wife made this, it was delicious.

Aug. 10, 2014, 10:40 AM - Inappropriate review?

Vegetable Upma

Bubblywine says:


The recipe is excellent, and I make Upma all the time, since I have early stage CKD. I find that adding some steamed veggies such as carrots and beans to the upma give me more value for the calories consumed, and I feel fuller. I know each CKD patient is different, so it is advisable to include the veggies you are allowed to have.

Nov. 28, 2013, 8:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

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