Chow Chow Bath - An Ecstatic Breakfast

Chow chow bath is one of the most popular breakfast recipes of Karnataka and a must try in restaurants when you visit Bangalore/ Mysore. It is basically a combo of kesari bath(sweet) and Khara bath (spicy rava upma) served with coconut chutney.

On some Sundays / Holidays, I prepare chow chow bath as breakfast to enjoy it throughly with a hot filter coffee. A hot coffee added to this south indian combination of sweet and spicy dish makes the morning meal complete and divine. Try it out yourself and leave your comments below. Khara Bath - Upma

Upma or Uppumma or Uppittu(Kannada) is a common South Indian breakfast, cooked from dry roasted semolina. Various seasonings and/or vegetables are often added during the cooking, depending on individual preferences.


Rava – 1 cup Onion – 1 Green Chillies – 2 Fresh ginger – a small piece Bengal gram dal – 1 teaspoon Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon Curry leaves – few Oil – 8 teaspoon Mustard – ½ teaspoon Salt – ½ teaspoon


In a kadai, Dry roast the rawa (sooji )till slightly brown. Remove it and keep aside. In the same kadai, add oil and when it is hot, add the mustard. When it splutters, add the dals and fry till it turns light brown. Add chopped onion, chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Fry till onions are transparent. Add two cups of water along with salt. Bring to boil. When it starts boiling, slowly add the roast rawa and stir immediately without break till its completely cooked and comes in the form of a ball. Switch off and serve hot with coconut chutney and hot coffee/tea

Kesari Bath

Kesari bath is a popular south indian sweet prepared in using sooji, sugar and water and is found in almost occasions of a south indian festival or functions.


  1. Semolina/ Rava (sooji)– 1/2 cup

  2. Water – 2 cups

  3. Sugar – 1/2 cup or less

  4. Kesari orange or yellow food color – a pinch

  5. Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp

  6. Ghee - 3 tbsp

  7. Cashews - few

  8. Raisins - few


  1. Heat a pan add ghee, now add cashews and raisins fry it until golden brown. When done remove it from the pan. Now in the same pan add rava/ sooji. Roast it for few seconds until you get nice aroma. Make sure not to burn the rava/ sooji. Transfer the roasted sooji to a plate.

  2. Now in the same pan add 2 cups of water and allow it to boil. When the water starts to boil add kesari food color. Allow it to boil for few seconds and gradually add roasted sooji/ rava and keep stirring so no lumps are formed.

  3. Keep stirrinng till combined and add sugar and cardamom powder. Finally add ghee, fried cashews and raisins. Mix well and when everything looks cooked put off the flame and serve it hot or cold.

Enjoy this hot khara bath and sweet bath with a hot coffee for your next relaxed breakfast.

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