Avil Upma / Poha

In southern part of  India commonly called as Upma /Uppuma/Uppittu. Upma usually cooked as a thick porridge using vegetables with various main ingredients  like Rava(semolina), semiya(vermicelli), rice , Moong Dal(Yellow split peas/mung bean) and Oats. This poha upma is the super quick dish.

Check the below quick and easy breakfast Upma Varieties:


  • 1 cup flattened rice (Poha) 
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 small potato (boiled & chopped)
  • 1 Carrot chopped (optional)
  • 5-6 green chilies
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp each cumin & mustard seeds.
  • 1/4 cup crushed pea nuts 
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut for garnishing(optional)
  • Fresh coriander leaves / Cilantro
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil


1) Wash the poha twice and drain water fully and  sprinkle a handful of clear water and keep aside.
2) After 15 minutes loosen the poha gently, and break lumps with fingers. 
3) In a heavy saucepan, heat oil, add seasoning seeds allow them to crackle, add crushed peanuts, followed by potatoes. Stir for  2-3 minutes. 
4) Add chopped onion, carrot, chilies and curry leaves. Stir and fry onion  till it urns to pink 
5) Add poha, sugar and lemon juice and mix  well 
6) Return to low flame. Stir gently every now and then. Transfer to serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves and coconut. 
7) Serve hot with freshly brewed coffee. :)


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