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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Aval Upma-Poha Upma Recipe-Aval Recipes

Aval Upma is a quick fix breakfast recipe which you can prepare in a jiffy with minimum and easily available ingredients. I find many mothers resorting to 2 minutes instant food for breakfast due to lack of time. This aval recipe can also be prepared in just a few minutes time and is very healthy, delicious and filling. Great for working folks, bachelors and busy women. Today we will learn how to make Aval/poha upma (South Indian Style) following this easy recipe.

Aval Upma-Poha upma

Aval Upma-Poha Upma

Aval Upma-Poha upma

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Aval/Poha (flattened rice)- 1 cup
   Onion - 1
   Green chilli -1 finely chopped
   Ginger - 1/2 tsp finely chopped
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
   Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp

  For the seasoning

   Oil -1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera - 3/4 tsp
   Hing - pinch
   Red chilli -1
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For garnishing

   Grated coconut - 1 tbsp (optional)
   Finely chopped coriander leaves -1 tbsp


Wash poha 2 times and drain it in a colander. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Dry roast peanuts and keep it aside. Skip this step if you are using roasted peanuts.


Heat a tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add cumin seeds, hing, red chilli and curry leaves.

Then add finely chopped onions, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt. (you can add salt required for the aval also now)

Saute until onions turn pink.

Then add poha/aval, roasted peanuts and mix well. Cook for 2-3 seconds and remove from flame.

Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with coriander leaves and grated coconut.

Note - If you are using thick red aval, rinse the aval 2-3 times, drain the water completely and then sprinkle little water. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, so that it will become soft. You can use any kind of aval but make sure it is soft before adding to the upma.

More Aval Recipes

Aloo Poha You can do this with left over potato curry also.

Aval Pulao

Meet you all with more quick and easy recipes. Stay tuned!


  1. hey this looks great. nice one.

  2. I make this every week..It is simple,easy and tasty .

  3. Hi Padhu ,

    thank you for your comment on my guest post

    and Aval upma looks delicious!!!

    Keep on Padhu :)

  4. This is a super tasty dish. We have this for BF at least once a week !

  5. Love it anytime. A handy tasty snack.loved ur preparation.

  6. nice n easy........a much better choice than the instant noodles!

  7. Sounds perfect for me! What a great way to start the day!

  8. Such a fabulous and super tempting upma.

  9. This is like south indian poha... my husband is not a fan of the regular poha but this south indian touch is something that might get him to like one of my favourite breakfasts.

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  11. superb and light breakfast..

  12. Simple,quick and delicious poha

  13. Very healthy and easy breakfast...

  14. Very quick & my favourite breakfast

  15. when we were small my mom used to prepare this upma, now we forget, thanks for making me to remember, tomorrow's my tiffin is AVAL UPMA

  16. Avil upma looks so awesome. I love it.

  17. I dont know how to do it but also tried to do not able do good aval upma.
    will try according to your receipe ,i think will get nice

  18. hi padhu

    all your recipes are very nice
    i want to lose weight as my marriage is fixed can i have a diet chart..what to have for BF,lunch and dinner with low calories....
    thanks in advance

  19. worked out well. tried cashews instead of groundnuts. Many Thanks for sharing:)

  20. Very good recipe. To make it into Poha I added chopped cooked potatoes and some extra lemon. I also added a few( half a spoon) whole black peppers while garnishing

  21. thanks. Excellent recipe. I just finished making and eating.....

  22. Very easy! Makes excellent office lunch !

  23. Thank you. This may help for bachelors who used to save time in cooking.

  24. How to make this upma using thick red aval

    1. When using thick red aval, you have to rinse the aval well, drain the water, sprinkle little water and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. It will become soft by that time. Then follow the rest of the procedure for the upma as given above.

  25. I always refer your recipes before making any new dish. Comes out very tasty. Jus like my mother's preparations. Your post guides me well.

  26. when washing the aval, aval looks like paste. how to avoid it?

    1. Perhaps you washed for too long or soaked it too long. Also you should drain the water well.

  27. South Indians make puli (tamarind) aval upma, which is also tastier

  28. I too got like a paste after washing. Didn't wash just putting water it becomes so

    1. You just have to rinse it twice,drain the water and let it stand for 10 minutes. You should not soak it.


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