Poha or Atukula Upma


This simple and delicious breakfast can be made within 15 mins. Poha is pressed rice grains. This recipe is from my mother-in-law.


1 cup thin poha (rinse once or twice)
1 medium size potato (chopped)
1 medium size onion (chopped)
2-3 green chilles (chopped)
2 tbsp peanuts (optional)
1 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of turmeric
2-3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp Lemon or Lime juice (optional)
Salt to taste
1-2 tbsp oil


Rinse poha under water and leave it in a drainer. Heat oil in a pan, add peanuts and fry till  golden brown, add mustard seeds and allow then to crackle. Add green chillies, potatoes, onions and turmeric and cook till soft, it will take approx. 10 -12 mins. Turn the heat to low, add salt, and the wet poha and mix well. Adjsut the seasonings if need. Garnish with coriander leaves and remove from heat. Serve hot with you choice of juice.

Notes and tips

I usually serve with lemon wedges on side. If you are allergic to peanuts, replace them with cashewnuts. In general, Poha that is available in the Indian stores come in 2 types – thick and thin. Thin poha are like rice wafers. So if you are using the thin variety, rinse once and drain quickly. If you are using thick poha, you can soak them in little water for 5 mins or until they turn soft.


3 Responses to “Poha or Atukula Upma”

  1. January 13, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    The pic is so bright and sunny that it makes me wake up for breakfast just by looking at it
    Thank you and good that you said about the poha varieties here. I learnt it the hard way

  2. January 13, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Padmaja,photo and the dish looks wonderful.Simple but delicious.Great and Happy Pongal to you!:))

  3. January 14, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Hi Sandeepa and Asha
    Thanks a lot. Happy pongal to both of you.

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