Thursday, May 30, 2013

Aval Upma/ Poha Upma- Simple South Indian Breakfast Recipes

 I am part of a group of bloggers who participate in an event started  by Priya Akka called Vegan Thursdays, where we post Vegan dishes every first and last Thursday of a month. Today being the last Thursday of May, it is time for a Vegan dish. My recipe for this Vegan Thursday is Aval Upma.
Aval Upma / Poha Upma is a simple breakfast recipe. It is very easy to prepare and is ready in minutes. So when there is crunch for time, surely this dish comes in handy. There are lot of variations that can be made with this aval/poha. Today I am posting the basic upma recipe. I have posted another poha recipe with variation-Peas Pohe, some time back.
Aval Upma

Coming to today's recipe

The ingredients needed:

Aval/ Poha/ Flattened Rice Flakes - 2 cups
Oil, 2-3 teaspoons
Mustard, 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dal/ Ulutham paruppu/ Black gram, 1 teaspoon
Peanuts, a handful (as needed)
Large Onion, 1 no
Green Chillies, 2-3 nos
Grated Ginger, 1 Tablespoon
Curry leaves, 1 sprig
Salt as needed

Poha Upma

How it is made?
  1. Wash Poha in running water and drain the excess water and let it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds, when they crack add urad dhal, Peanuts and fry for a minute.
  3. Then add chopped onions, slit green chillies, grated ginger and curry leaves and saute for few minutes, then add the soaked poha and salt to taste, mix well and serve.
It serves 2-3 persons.

  • If the poha is thick, then let it soak in water for 5 minutes, then squeeze and drain the excess water and use.
  • If poha is thin, washing will be enough. So depending on the variety of the poha you use follow the procedure.
  • I have used roasted peanuts. If using raw peanuts, roast before and use. If you dont prefer peanuts you can omit them.
  • Instead of Urad dhal, you can use channa dhal/kadala paruppu too. You can also use a combination of both.
This recipe is off to Vegan Thursdays , to know more about the event click here


  1. any time snack dish, looks delicious.

  2. healthy and light snack / breakfast

  3. One of my faves, simple and delicious !!

  4. My all time fav recipe that can be made in no time...loved it divya

  5. Simple and quick breakfast...I do it often whenever I don't soak any lentils t prepare dosa or idli batter also it's very good for diabetics patients. Heard...nice presentation divya

  6. Quite interesting! Full of flavors with no spices :)

  7. Easy quick breakfast.. Love your click..

  8. simple and easy breakfast. Love this always

  9. Very simple and tasty dish. Now a days i started using red poha which is more healthier than white one.

  10. Quick and my kind of food, love this aval upma anytime..Beautifully presented sis.

  11. Simple and Healthy Breakfast...i too made this often..Neat presentation divya..

  12. delicious upma n love peanut addition :-)

  13. tempting clicks,looks so irresistible.

  14. simple and quickest breakfast divya.. but my dear husband doesn't like aval :( i dont get chance to take it often..

  15. Simple but tempting dish. Nice clicks.

  16. My favourite and a very tasty dish!Lovely click!

  17. I normally don't add peanuts.. will try nexy time.

  18. Nice & easy breakfast, and snack too ...


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