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Poha Dalia Upma

18 May

Atukulu Putnala Podi Upma.

Poha / Flattened rice / Rice flakes are soaked in water to turn them soft. Onion and peas are fried in oil along with whole spices and poha is added as a finishing step. The poha dalia upma is flavored with dalia chilli powder and lemon juice. Serve poha dalia upma immediately.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Poha Dalia Upma.


Thick Poha 1 Cup
Dalia Chilli Powder 2 Tbsps
Green Chiles 1 – 2
Onion 1 Small
Green Peas 4 Tbsps
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Roasted Peanuts 1 Tbsp
Lemon Juice 2 Tbsps
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to Taste


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

Method of preparation:

Peel and thinly slice the onion.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.

Wash the poha under warm water.
Strain the poha and keep aside for around 5 – 10 minutes for poha to absorb the water and puff up a little.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles and onion.
Fry till onion turns golden brown in color, add green peas and salt.
Fry briefly, stir in soaked poha, turmeric powder, dalia chilli powder and cilantro.
Stir carefully and remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
Garnish with roasted peanuts and serve poha dalia upma immediately.
Notes: Make sure not to over soak the poha.

Suggestions: If poha is not soaked well, sprinkle water on the poha to make it soft. If poha is over soaked, spread and let it dry for few minutes.
Variations: Check other recipes with poha here.
Other Names: Poha Dalia Upma, Atukulu Putnala Podi Upma.