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Ground Poha Upma

3 Jun

Atukulu Podi Upma.

Poha / Flattened rice is ground into coarse powder. Sprinkle water to make the poha soft. Cook chopped onion and potato with spices. Add the poha to cooked onion and potato. Serve ground poha upma as a breakfast or tiffin.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Ground Poha Upma


Thick Poha 1 Cup
Potato 1 Small
Onion 1 Small
Green Chiles 1 – 2
Roasted Peanuts 2 Tbsps
Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Grind poha into coarse powder using a grinder.
Spread the ground poha on a plate and sprinkle around quarter cup of water or more to wet the poha powder.
Keep adding the water gradually to make sure poha becomes soft and fluffy.

Peel and finely chop potato.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add onion, potato and salt.
When onion turns brown around the edges and potato is soft, add green chiles.
Fry briefly and add wet ground poha powder and turmeric powder.
Stir well, add peanuts and season if necessary and remove from heat.
Serve ground poha upma as a breakfast or as a snack.
Notes: Make sure the poha powder is soaked well.

Suggestions: If poha powder becomes too wet, let it dry for couple of minutes before adding to pan. If poha powder is dry, sprinkle more water to wet it.
Variations: You can also squeeze a lemon during the end of the cooking process. Also add few pinches of sugar for a variation.
Other Names: Ground Poha Upma, Atukulu Podi Upma, Ground Flattened Rice Upma.