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Poha / Aval Upma / Flattened Rice Upma

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My mom prepares aval upma very often as a snack food for us during our childhood days. But I tasted the slightly sweeter version of it, only when I joined my first job in Pune. It was served with sev and lemon wedges there. I loved the combination of crunchy sev and soft poha. From then, I started to eat Aval upma with sev.

It is also sometimes served with potato. Till now, never tasted poha with potato but I have heard the combo works out well. Here I am posting my Mom’s way of preparing aval upma with my favourite sev and lemon wedges.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes



Thick Poha/ Aval/ Flattened Rice – 2 cups

Turmeric powder – a big pinch

Oil – 3 teaspoons

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoons

Peanuts – 1/4 cup, with skin

Green chilli – 2 nos, slit

Curry leaves – 1 string

Onion – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Salt – to taste

Fine Sev – for serving, optional

Lemon Juice – 1/2 – 1 teaspoon, optional

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional


1) Wash poha in a running water quickly. Use colander to make this job easier.

2) Completely drain the water and transfer the poha to a bowl.

3) Add turmeric powder and toss well to mix it evenly. Cover and keep it aside for 10 minutes.

4) Meanwhile, Heat oil in a frying pan.

5) Add mustard seeds when it is hot.

6) Add greenchilli, curry leaves and peanuts after all the mustard seeds splutter.

7) Fry for 3-4 minutes without burning.

8) Add onion and saute until it becomes soft and translucent. Add salt and turmeric powder. Stir well to spread the salt evenly. Add sugar if using.


9) Add poha and reduce the flame. Stir gently without breaking poha.

10) After 4 minutes turn off the stove. Squeeze out lemon juice if using.

11) Serve with fine sev.

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yummy easy snack…..superblu done dear

FewMinute Wonders

Looks colorful. I would have liked the crunch from the set.


yummy upma


so yummy n tempting…


priya ravi

my fav one uma.. i too tasted this version when we lived in pune.. peanuts and sev makes every bite of poha crunchy and yumm..

Suja Manoj

This is my favorite too,yours looks so tempting..colorful too

Hari Chandana P

Quick and healthy recipe.. looks super perfect.. lovely pictures too.. 🙂
Indian Cuisine


Wow flavourful and yummy snack….my fav anytime

Vimitha Durai

My favie… Simple and yum… Healthy too

Menaga Sathia

one of my fav BF,looks very tempting!!


Delicious, love the way you made it. Not sticky.


love this poha upma,yummy yum delicious..perfect breakfast idea!!
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Erivum Puliyum


This is my fav too…but ur addition on the sev is awesome..hv to try that!:)

chef and her kitchen

very delicious poha..yummy,even I top poha wid sev n finely chopped fresh onions..

Biny's Recipes

i love poh a and that is awesome


simple n so yummy

Rookie Qookie

My roommates used to make poha on weekends and we used to have it for the whole day [lazy us]:)


Simple and yummy .

Deeps @ Naughty Curry

even i like to serve poha with sev on top, love that crunvh! 🙂

Sensible Vegetarian

Looks so good, crunchy and yummy.

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nice snack recipe. love it

such easy n tasty upma..last clik is just try this.