Aval Upma

Aval Upma is one of the common breakfast/ evening tiffen items prepared at home. One day I saw Amma adding lemon juice into the Aval Upma and stopped eating it, as I am not a big fan of lemon flavours during those days. When I was working in IT we use to have breakfast and lunch in office as I start by 7 from home. One of my teammates always gets Poha, after seeing onions and peanuts I tasted it and that version slightly differed from the one we do in home, and also the lemon flavor was less . Inspired from that, here is my version.
Aval/Poha (flattened rice) – 1 cup
Onion – 1
Green chilli  – 1
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Roasted peanuts – 1/4 cup
Lemon juice – 1/4 tsp
To temper:
Oil -1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Channa dal – 1 tsp
Asofetida – generous pinch
Curry leaves – few
  • Wash and soak the Aval, till it is well immersed in lukewarm water; let it sit for 2-3 minutes.  Strain it in a colander; spread it in a plate and fluff it well


  • Add  oil and when the oil becomes hot, add the ingredients under “to temper” and let it splutter. Add chopped onions and  green chillies,  sauté till the onions are cooked. Add  turmeric powder and salt and cook for a minute. Add the roasted penauts


  • Add the poha and Cook for a minute and switch off


  • Squeeze little lemon juice and mix well


My notes:

  • Can add pomegranate seeds, coriander leaves and grated coconut for garnish
  • Red Aval can be used instead of White, but it takes more time to become soft (about 15- 20 minutes)

34 thoughts on “Aval Upma

  1. Sundari April 9, 2015 at 10:45 AM Reply

    simple yet yummy breakfast!!

  2. Zoale.com April 7, 2015 at 10:03 AM Reply

    Looks like pure comfort food! Yum 🙂

  3. srividhya April 7, 2015 at 9:07 AM Reply

    This is my go to breakfast when don’t have time in the mrng. This with ketchup I can have anytime

  4. The Champa Tree April 7, 2015 at 5:28 AM Reply

    Isn’t this like chidwa?

  5. skd April 7, 2015 at 2:54 AM Reply

    I have never tried or tasted upma with Aval. This looks delicious 😋

  6. Subha April 7, 2015 at 12:14 AM Reply

    Simple yet fulfilling breakfast item…Looks great dear..

  7. apsara April 6, 2015 at 11:53 PM Reply

    This is a favorite of mine, quick evening snack for the kids too. I use only red poha instead of white, but somehow it does get soft quite easily!

    • Traditionally Modern Food April 7, 2015 at 5:01 PM Reply

      I tried red Poha ittook along time compared to white. Which brand you use Apsara, I should try it:-)

    • Traditionally Modern Food April 7, 2015 at 5:01 PM Reply

      I tried red Poha ittook a long time compared to white. Which brand you use Apsara, I should try it:-)

      • apsara April 8, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        I use 24 Mantra organic. Will post sometime soon.

      • Traditionally Modern Food April 8, 2015 at 4:51 PM

        I will look for it,thanks:-)

  8. Chitra Jagadish April 6, 2015 at 11:15 PM Reply

    Wow upma looks delicious…love it..

  9. Loretta April 6, 2015 at 7:26 PM Reply

    Hmmm, this is new to me, but it sure looks yummy as I know a lot of the ingredients 🙂

  10. Aruna Panangipally April 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM Reply

    We make varieties of Poha as it is called in Mumbai at least twice a week. In Maharashtra, lemon juice is not added to the Poha. Instead a wedge of lemon is served on the side. So people who want it will add it.

    Try topping this with Bikaneri Bhujia. That is how it is eaten in Indore. 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food April 6, 2015 at 11:18 PM Reply

      Thanks for the Info Aruna:-) I haven’t come across bikaneri bhujia will google about that

      • Aruna Panangipally April 6, 2015 at 11:47 PM

        It is spicy potato sev. Search for Aloo Bhujia.

      • Traditionally Modern Food April 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM

        I know Aloo bhuji, halidrams Aloo bhujia s freq snack during college days:-) thanks Aruna, next time will add

  11. Charanya April 6, 2015 at 5:46 PM Reply

    I don’t know how to do step by step. I give up too easily. Super easy recipe 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food April 6, 2015 at 11:20 PM Reply

      I agree Charu many a times I fail to post recipe bcoz of step wise pics, its bit difficult

  12. Malar April 6, 2015 at 5:22 PM Reply

    Perfect…You don’t like lemon flavor? I am a very big fan of lemon 😉

  13. colemangrady79 April 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM Reply

    Thank you this sounds really good.

  14. LifestyleswithLia April 6, 2015 at 5:04 PM Reply

    This looks scrumptious and refreshing! Perfect for spring…..I wish I had a plate now!

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