Poha and upma are popular breakfast options all across the country. And, these food preparations are our go-to option when it comes to curbing hunger pangs, the healthy way. Now, have you tried a mix of both? Yes, a combination of poha and upma is what we are talking about. Presenting, Aval upma, also known as poha upma in many regions. The aval upma, which is a variation given to the basic rava upma, can be served in breakfast as well as an evening snack.

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In case you weren’t aware, Masterchef Pankaj Bhadouria is also a fan of aval upma. For the chef, “It is the South Indian flavours that make it super delicious.” And, do we have to mention that there is a recipe? Read on, people.


  • Poha – 1 cup
  • Oil – 2tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  • Turmeric – 1tsp
  • Sugar – 1tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Chana dal – 1tsp
  • Urad dal – 1tsp
  • Whole red chillies – 2-3
  • Peanut – 1/4 cup
  • Cashew nut – 10-12
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • Ginger (finely chopped) – 1tsp
  • Green Chilli (finely chopped) – 1tsp
  • Onions (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
  • Carrot (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
  • Green peas – 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves


– Heat some oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, followed by chana dal, urad dal, and whole red chillies.

– Next add peanut, cashew nuts, a pinch of Asafoetida, Ginger, Green Chilli, onions, curry leaves, carrot, and green peas.

– Toss the mixture well. Meanwhile, wash poha in a bowl.

– Drain the water and add turmeric, sugar, and salt to the poha.

– Mix it well and add it to the mixture, cooked in the pan.

– Make sure to mix both the elements nicely.

– You can use grated coconut and fresh coriander leaves for garnish.

– And, it’s ready to serve.

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