Poha cooked in the South Indian style, tempered with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, chana dal, urad dal; having the bite of onions, crunch of fried peanuts; is poha upma. Poha upma is a healthy breakfast recipe. We often fall short of breakfast ideas as we get bored with the regular breakfast. Poha upma recipe is an easy yet delicious poha recipe. It is a quick breakfast recipe. It can be tried by the beginner as well as bachelors. This quick breakfast recipe is perfect for kids’ tiffin too.
Poha, if I can say, is one of the most commonly used ingredients for breakfast and poha recipes make the best breakfast recipes. Poha recipe varies from one kitchen to another and definitely when you go to South India from North India. Flavors such as curry leaves, chana dal, urad dal, coconut, etc give it a very different taste. Let’s see what all ingredients are required for this Indian Breakfast Recipe:
Poha: The thick variety of poha is required to make poha upma. In fact, for most of the poha recipes, the thick variety is used except for recipes such as poha chivda, etc.
Tempering: This is the soul of this recipe. A very flavorful tempering of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, lentils, curry leaves, etc. take this poha recipe to another level.
Vegetables: I have used onions and tomatoes to give a body to the poha upma. Tomato is optional but I love to add it, as it gives moistness to poha. Other than these, ginger and green chili is used to flavor poha upma. You can also add green peas, carrot, etc.
Spices: Salt to taste and turmeric powder are the only spices used to make poha upma. No red chili powder has been used.
Poha is one of the most popular Indian breakfast recipes, just as upma recipe. Poha can be prepared in a number of ways, such as batata poha, the very interesting chura matar from Uttar Pradesh, crispy cutlets, party favorites poha rolls and many more which you can find here.
Poha upma can be served at room temperature with cinnamon tea for a weekday breakfast.
1.This recipe serves 4 persons.
2.Heat a pan. Add in 2 tbsp of cooking oil. Into this add 2 tbsp peanuts.
3.Fry on low flame till crunchy. Take out and keep aside.
4.In the same hot oil add 1 tsp mustard seeds (raie). Let it splutter. Next add a sprig of curry leaves. Also add in ½ tsp cumin seeds and cook till aromatic.
5.Add in 1 tsp chana dal and ½ tsp urad dal. Cook till the dal becomes golden.
6.Next add 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped green chili and 1 tsp finely chopped ginger. Cook till the onions become translucent.
7.Next add 1 chopped tomato. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes till the tomatoes become soft.
8.Add ½ tsp turmeric powder. Cook for a minute.
9.Now add in 2 cups of soaked poha along with salt to taste and 1 tsp of sugar.
10.Mix everything well. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
11.Finish off with the fried peanuts and juice of 1 lemon.
12.Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
13.Serve hot. Bon appétit!
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes
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