Aug 20, 2011

Atukula Upma / Poha ke Upma / Flattened Rice with Vegetables

I should say I have addicted to this wonderful breakfast item when we lived in service apartment during settling time in Bangalore. I am not so good with making recipes with Atukulu ( flattened rice), as it needs some skill and patience to handle it in cooking. As they are semi processed ( from rice) these needs to be cooked with the right heat to get the right consistence. If they get boiled or overcooked they become mushy very easily. So I never put interest in making or learning any recipes with Poha all these days. But this breakfast item changed my opinion and made me to chase the recipe for it.

Whenever they made the Poha Upma, I used to eat for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Yes! That's how much I loved their recipe. so One day I couldn't resist and dared to ask the Chef about the recipe. The Chef there is humble enough to share the recipe and gave some tips to cook the Poha in right direction with right consistency. So I am sharing the 'Chef Secrets' here with you... Enjoy!!!

Poha - 1 cup
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 1 Tbsp
Lime Juice - 1 Tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Black Pepper  1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp

Carrot - 1/4 cup
Beans - 1/4 cup
onions - 1/2 medium
Tomato - 2
ginger - 1 tbsp
Green Chili - 2
Curry Leaves  - 10
Red Chilies - 4
Chana Dal - 1 tbsp
Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Ground Nuts - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Cilantro -  1 Tbsp

  1. Boil 1 cup of water and add chopped carrot and beans to it. Once they are cooked take out the vegetables from the water and keep the water.
  2. Pour the Poha into this water and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Now drain the water and place Poha in a wide bowl.
  4. Add Milk, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, salt, black pepper, lime juice and sugar to the Poha. Mix it gently and set it aside.
  5. In a Kadai, heat the oil, after 2 min, add Red Chili, Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Mustard Seeds in the same direction. Once the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves, ginger slices, green chili and Ground Nuts.
  6. After frying the Nuts for 2 min, add the Onions.Add little salt and turmeric powder and saute the onions. 
  7. Add Tomato and cook until tomato becomes soft. Add the cooked Carrot and Beans pieces. Mix all the vegetables well.
  8. Now Add the Poha mixture to the Kadai and mix it gently and well and cook for 2 or 3min.
  9. Add the Chopped Cilantro and turn off the heat.

After 5 min, serve into serving plates and garnish with some more cilantro, let your family dig into this yummilicious breakfast to start their wonderful day.

  • Adding milk, sugar and lime juice to Poha might be the secret Chef tip for this wonderful flavor. 
  • Following the time while cooking the Poha is key to get the right consistency.

take care until we meet here again


  1. Looks yum yum! Never tried milk in my poha will do so. Thanks

  2. Healthy & tasty breakfast dish...Yummm!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats corner

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  4. u know my poha never comes out good. It's either soggy or too hard to chew . next time I will follow your recipe step by step.

  5. Rice dishes combine some great flavours in them. Rice is one of those things that work with most meals. A perfect side dish to any oriental meal.

  6. yesterday i tried this akka

  7. Thank you for sharing the Chef's secret. Tried it last nite..It truly came out just like your foto presents it. My MIL makes it with Tamarind juice and gud.



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