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Poha Upma


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Poha upma is one of the most simple and delicious breakfast made of flattened rice. Poha is also known as pohe or atukula or avil in different languages  in  India. ... Read More..

About Recipe

How to make Poha Upma

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Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
45 mins
Poha Upma
Author : Vahchef
Main Ingredient : Attukulu
Servings : 2 persons
Published date : February 27, 2019

Ingredients used in Poha Upma
• Red chilies dry - 2 number.
• Chana dal - 2 tablespoons.
• Cumin seeds - 1/2 tea spoon.
• Mustard seeds - 1/2 tea spoon.
• Peanuts - 2 tablespoons.
• Coriander leaves (chopped ) - 1 bunch.
• Oil - as required.
• Salt - to taste.
• Turmeric powder - 1/2 tea spoon.
• Green chilies (slitted) - 6 number.
• Onion (chopped) - 1 number.
• Poha - 1 cup.
• Urad dal - 1 tea spoon.
• Hing - pinch.
• Curry leaves - 1 spring.
  • Soak Poha in water for 3-4 minutes and strain the water and keep aside.
  • Take a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilies, chana dal, saute it for 1-2 minutes till color is slightly changed.
  • To it, add urad dal, peanuts, hing, curry leaves, green chilies, onion chopped, mix then add turmeric powder, salt, mix well cook till onions are cooked.
  • Then add soaked poha, mix well cook for 5 minutes then add chopped coriander leaves, close it.
  • At last, squeeze in some lemon juice and keep aside.

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Poha upma is one of the most simple and delicious breakfast made of flattened rice. Poha is also known as pohe or atukula or avil in different languages  in  India.  This  poha is a popular dish from Maharashtra and western region of India. It is one of the easy to cook, nutritious snack and often eaten for breakfast or brunch or as a snack. People usually on a low calorie diet are often asked to eat poha for breakfast.
Pohay recipes or Pohe upma is a traditional dish of Maharashtra. Its origins are unknown. Northern variants of this dish tend to be sweet, while Maharashtrian pohay tends to be spicy. It is also often served with an extremely spicy curry, locally called 'tarri'. Pohay with tarri is a relished snack in the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra state.
Pohay is made of flattened, processed rice, roasted with chilies, onions, mustard and cumin seeds and curry leaves (called Kadi-fatatas). It is a high carbohydrate, low fat, quick meal that can be made in minutes. Pohay is easily available in most tea shops (amrutul-lyas) and other restaurants. In Maharashtra, Kande Pohe is a classic item made with lots of onion and Pohe to makes a very tasty breakfast dish. Kande Pohe is served with hot tea. This dish is very simple, nutritious and easy to make. Even kids, adult, young, and old or just everyone love to eat.
They also add potatoes and peas to make it tastier for kids. You can also add any fresh sprouts if you want it to be nutritious. It is a part of global cuisine nowadays though it is believed to have its origin in the Indian cuisine. Poha upma is a healthy breakfast or anytime snack made out of flattened/beaten rice, groundnuts, spiced with green chilies, curry leaves and garnished with coriander leaves and lemon juice to give that extra zing of tanginess to the dish. 
It is fragrant and mild. Poha in its raw form feels hard. It is usually washed and drained so that it absorbs the water. It is also used to make savory dishes like potato poha, papads, poha dosa, chivda, poha ladoo etc. Poha is available in 2 varieties in the Indian grocery stores - Thick pohaand Thin poha.The Thick variety is thicker as the name indicates. The thin variety is used specifically to make "chivda".  Poha upma is made out of the thick variety of poha. Everyone has their own subtle variation of making the Atukula upma or Poha upma.
Atukulu recipes  are also very flexible in the way that they adapt to the major ingredient in the recipe. I've heard of Poha being used instead of rice in Pulihora, Curd Rice, Tomato baath, Aloo baath. Well I guess its just upto your mood and taste where you want to use them, so go on and try. Atukula upma is a very common tiffin item in Karnataka and few states of southern India. For centuries, this common food fare is a “fills the belly and wards off the hunger” kind of morning meal whether one works as a tenured servant or as a daily laborer.
This is the easiest, quickest and yummiest breakfast. Wash and soak Poha in water for 3 mins and strain the water and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies, channa dal, urad dal, peanuts, fresh curry leaves and hing.Saute till the get fried properly. Add turmeric powder, salt, chopped green chillies and onions and sauté. Saute till the onions are cooked then add the soaked poha and mix well and cook for 5 mins. Garnish with freshing chopped coriander leaves and close and for cook for another 2 mins.
Remove and lastly add lemon juice mix and serve hot. In the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu they add fresh grated coconut in the last and serve. For a different variation, coastal region of Maharashtra add sweet peas or dried shrimp in the Poha upma which is called Sode in Marathi.Some variations that you can also make are, while adding onions; you may also add fresh green peas and or peanuts (If adding peanuts take care to fry them well with the onions). Garnishing sprinkle some grated coconut or dry coconut along with coriander. Do try this yummy breakfast item and keep your family happy.



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desi97244 Posted on Sat Apr 07 2012

Great explanation & enthusiasm. When do you add the salt?

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rahul matharu Posted on Sat Apr 21 2012

Thanks just going to try this for breakfast..from a bachelor

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Jahnavi Lakkireddy Posted on Mon May 14 2012

Can we use the thin poha to make this upma?

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dohking Posted on Wed Jul 11 2012

Very helpfull we love the curry leaves

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Lalla040303 Posted on Sun Jul 22 2012

Master do we have to add lot of onions?

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Pravesh Kothari Posted on Mon Jul 30 2012

Same here.. :D :D

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Pingali Sivasehubabu Posted on Sun Sep 16 2012


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madhavanmpt05 Posted on Mon Oct 01 2012

Its so tasty & easy, thanks

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shehla nasar Posted on Thu Oct 11 2012

when i washed poha it got sticky and mashed .plz tell me why yours is separated.

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krishnendu paul Posted on Sat Nov 10 2012

you are amazing

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Affi Khan Posted on Mon Nov 12 2012

What do you call poha in english? I

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KENNIE CHRISTIE Posted on Mon Nov 12 2012

puffed rice

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