Poha Upma Recipe : Delicious Variety Of Upma!

Are you feeling worked up after all day stress? Such are the times when one looks for an instant recipe which can be made in minutes. Generally, it is very easy to make upma and if you have Poha in your stock then they did be very useful in making of upma. You can make the upma tasty and healthy with the addition of Poha in it. The Poha Upma Recipe in its simple form is quite interesting to have but you can improvise over the recipe by adding other spice powders and herbs. Make this snack at your suitable time and with the easiest method.

Poha Upma

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  • Recipe Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description: The Poha Upma Recipe in its simple form of upma recipe which uses poha as its core ingredient. It gets cooked in minutes with few basic ingredients.

Poha Upma Recipe

Ingredients Required for Making Poha Upma Recipe:

  • Asafoetida/ Hing – 1 pinch
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp.
  • Coconut (Grated) – 2 tbsp.
  • Coriander leaves – ½ cup
  • Curry Leaves – ¼ tsp. (1 sprig)
  • Cumin – ½ tsp.
  • Green Chilies (Chopped) – 2 green chilies
  • Lemon Juice – as needed
  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp.
  • Oil – ¼ tsp. (use saffola oil)
  • Onion (sliced) – ¼ cup (1 medium size)
  • Peanuts – 2 tbsp.
  • Poha – 2 cups
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Tomato (chopped) – ¼ cup (1 medium size)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 pinch
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp.
  • Water – 250 ml

Note: Poha is also known as flattened rice. It is optional to use the freshly grated coconuts in this recipes. But if you add coconuts, it would give its own taste and flavours to the Poha upma.

Similarly, adding tomatoes is also based on your choice. You can add any other vegetables if you want like carrots, peas or potatoes. If you use these veggies, then boil them before adding to your Poha upma.

Method for Making Poha Upma Recipe:

Soak Poha:

  • Take the packet of Poha, remove the Poha from packet and transfer to a colander. (buy easy-to-use colander)
  • Wash the Poha under the running water and clean the Poha properly.
  • Once you have thoroughly washed the Poha, drain off the excess water from the colander.
  • After you have removed the excess water, set the Poha aside for a while.
  • Now, take a bowl, add Poha in it and pour in water enough to soak the Poha.
  • Allow it get soften, then again drain all the water in which you have soaked the Poha.
  • Let the Poha settle for a while. Wait till all the moisture is absorbed.
  • Break the lumps formed with thin the Poha and keep the bowl aside.

Note: After you have washed the Poha with water properly, soak them only if you are using the harder type of Poha. If you already the soft Poha, then you can skip soaking them in water.

When you make Poha recipe, firstly wash them and drain the dirty water immediately. The Poha should always be soft, so soak only if needed.  Do not forget to drain the excess water in which you have soaked them.

Prepare Poha Upma:

  • Take a non-stick pan and heat oil in it over a medium flame.
  • As the oil heats up and starts to crackle, add the peanuts, Chana dal and Urad dal in the pan.
  • Then mix in the Hing, mustard seeds and cumin seeds in the mixture.
  • Fry these ingredients and mix them until they become golden.
  • Now stir in the chopped onions, along with the fresh curry leaves and fry till onions turns brownish.
  • Sauté the onions till they become translucent and starts to release the pungent aroma.
  • Once the onions are cooked, and the curry leaves become crispy, then add the chopped tomatoes (if you are using them).
  • Now sprinkle the turmeric powder with the pinch of salt to the mixture and mix it.
  • Wait till the tomatoes are cooked. They should become mushy, soft and their raw smell should disappear.
  • When all the veggies and spices are cooked, transfer the soft Poha to the pan.
  • Mix everything well on a medium flame and let the ingredients blend with each other.
  • Add in the grated coconut over the mixture and again give a gentle stir.
  • Let everything warm for a while, keep it covered for a minute.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over it and mix it.

And the delicious Poha Upma is ready to eat. Serve it HOT!

Note: Add Poha only after other ingredients are cooked. If you are using other vegetables, then add them along with tomatoes. Also while cooking the Poha, do not let the Poha dry up.

If you the find the Chana Dal or Urad Dal hard to eat, then soak them in warm water for about 40-50 minutes before adding to the tempering.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 310 calories
  • Total Time: PT15M
  • Serves: 2
  • Date Published:

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Many people prefer upma whereas other choose to have Poha alone. But there is a drastic enhancement in taste and health value when you eat both of them as a combination in one dish. The preparation is quite easy with not much of work involved. You have to gather the necessary ingredients such as Poha, veggies, spice powders, herbs, and nuts. As this is a Poha upma, the core ingredients remain to be Poha and Dal whereas others are optional and can be skipped.

The tempering of mustard and cumin seeds adds the crackling zest to the dish. The chopped green chilies with various Indian condiments increases the spiciness of the dish. The tanginess of tomatoes merges very well with the pungent aroma of onions. The mild flavored grated coconut gets a peak when you sprinkle curry leaves over it. You can feel the refreshment due to the Hing, turmeric powder, and the coriander leaves. You can make it anyway and also choose any ingredients depending on your comfortability.

The moist Poha with the soft upma mingles your taste senses. Whether or not addicted to the taste and flavors of Poha, this light upma in a meal will greatly glad your stomach. The delicious Poha Upma alone is the perfect dish for the breakfast of busy morning and the meal of exhausted evenings. It’s ideal for kids and children who refuse to eat rice. The Poha goes well with hot beverages and the spicy dip.


  • The total time required for the Poha Upma Recipe is around 15 minutes.
  • The measured proportion of ingredient mentioned in this recipes makes upma which can serve approximately 2 people.
  • You can add walnuts too apart from peanuts. If you do not have peanuts, then use 10 to 12 cashews.
  • If like to have spicier Poha upma, then add dry red chilies and ¼ tsp. of red chili powder along with 2 pieces of green chilies.
  • For all the folks who like the spicy taste of ginger, can grate ½ inch of ginger and mix in the Poha mixture.
  • Try adding Maggie’s magic masala. Your kids might love it.
  • For the dal to be soft, properly soak in water and roast completely. If you do not want, then you can skip adding the Dal in your upma.
  • For the Jain version of this tasty Poha Upma, you can skip using onions.
  • If you want to improvise the recipe, then you can add any other dry masala of your choice. But the taste and flavours of Poha Upma would slightly change.


Transfer the Poha Upma from the pan to the serving bowl or plate. Serve this Poha made upma hot along with tangy lemon pickle or sweet mango pickle. Mentioned below are the few ways you can garnish the bowl of Poha Upma:

  • Garnish it with Coriander leaves.
  • Top the Poha Upma with some raisins.
  • Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds over your Poha upma to make it look colourful.
Quick Tip:
  • To have minor sweetness in your Poha, you can sprinkle a pinch of powdered sugar in your Poha while you have soaked them.
  • If you like the nutty flavours of nuts then add any other dry fruits of your choice.
  • Sprinkle some different flavoured thick Sev over the Poha.

Poha Upma recipe is an easy breakfast recipe which you can pair with your healthy and refreshing morning juice or tea. The way it’s prepared is very much similar to the making of the regular upma with the only difference of Poha a core ingredient. This version of Upma with the soaked Poha is much quicker and tastier compared to the regular Upma. This is the perfect recipe to try for the busy mornings when you do not have enough time as this gets ready in 10 to 15 minutes. It is also one of the appropriate healthy dishes to make for the lazy weekend brunch when you do not wish to cook any heavy dish. Also, if you are living alone or are a bachelor, then this is most appropriate recipe for you.

This Upma from the Poha is as healthy and as tasty as the Vermicelli Upma which we usually prepare at home. This Poha Upma is extremely simple and easy to make at home. But the best part of this dish is that even the Kids would love to eat it. Not just this Poha Upma, but as the Poha as soft and does not require to chew, all the dishes made from Poha can be eaten by your kids. Any recipe of Poha is simple yet different from the other. Yet, the basic thing in all the recipe which uses Poha remains same.

Whenever you cook Poha, you can have to thoroughly wash it for more than once. Then check whether the Poha are completely clean or not. Drain away the excess wait and let the Poha settle for some time before you can use them. If you feel the Poha you are using are hard in quality, then you can soak them in cold or warm water. This makes your Poha soft and easily chew-able. Also, if the Poha are soft and smooth with a little creamy texture, they would be cooked instantly in no time. The key for the Poha recipes to be success is to not let Poha become dry. So, remember to make your Poha soft before you start cooking with them or before you transfer them to the heated pan. One more thing to take a note with Poha is that you must not over soak them or else they would become mushy.

Poha or commonly known as Aval are not just easy to cook and super simple to prepare, but they are extremely good for health as well. Their regular intake in the food helps to lose weight. Many folks prefer to have Poha because they are rich in fibre and iron. Lots of people eat Poha because it has low gluten in it with high portion of carbohydrates. Due to immense health benefits, you can have Poha as many times a week you want. It makes every meal a proper balance health and taste. As many recipes you make with the Poha, you would get along with its taste and flavours. However much you these light on stomach Poha, your tummy will never feel heavy. So, it does not matter if you over eat any dish.

If you have pulpy and juicy tomatoes in your pantry, then you can make Tomato Upma with ease as well with. All these different varieties of Upma are delicious and easy to make on busy mornings. Whereas the other dishes from Poha which you can try are Tamarind Poha, Sweet Milk Poha s, Poha Idli or Poha Dosa.

You may this Serve Salty and mild spicy Upma with morning tea for breakfast. This delicious and tasty Poha Upma, is not just a quick breakfast option for you but also one of the tastiest snack recipe which you can easily make at home. It has the combination of Poha with the mixed veggies in the style of South Indian Upma. You can prepare it for breakfast, lunch, mid-day meal, and weekend brunch or have it as light snack. At times, you can even make it for the dinner when you are looking for some light food.