Pori Upma / Mor moraalu Upma

It was one of those lazy monday morning when my mom-in-law and I were sitting across the dining table, in comfortable silence, sipping our morning coffee.

Me: What for breakfast ma?
MIL: Hmm... Shall I make Pori upma?
Me: Pori?? Oh, you mean Aval upma?
MIL: No, I mean Pori upma. I saw the packet of Pori you bought for Bhel Puri. I'll make Upma with that.
Me: Oh, I have never heard of it!! Err... Can I take a picture of it?
It was then I came to know this typical Andhra dish made with Pori (Tamil) or Bhel (Hindi) or Mora moraalu (Telugu) as it is called. Commonly known as Puffed rice, Pori is a staple food in many parts of North Karnataka, Bengal and Bangladesh.

Pori Upma
Puffed rice Upma
Serves 2


What we need:
Pori - 2 cups
Onion, medium sized - 1
Green Chilli - 1, minced
Potato, medium sized - 1, diced into small cubes
Ground nuts - a handful
Chana dal - 1 tbsp.
Mustard - 1 tbsp.
Cumin (Jeera) Seeds - 1 tbsp.
Curry leaves - 1 or 2 sprigs
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Oil - 2 tbsp.
Coriander - for garnishing
Water - to sprinkle

How to do:
1. Heat oil in a pan, and add mustard and turmeric powder. When mustard starts to pop, add cumin and chana dal and groundnuts.
2. Whent the chana dal starts brown, add the onions, green chilli, and curry leaves. Add salt.
3. Cook till the onion turn soft. Now sprinkle some water in the bowl of Pori and mix well with your hand. Do not add too much water or else pori will become soggy.
4. Add the pori to the pan and mix well.
5. Remove from flame and garnish with fresh coriander.

This is a very light meal and doesn't need any side dish at all. But you can serve it with little yoghurt as an accompaniment.

8 comments:

Pavithra said...

Poori upma looks so good and yummy I love the combo of pori with potato.. great snack and meal too.. nice click and wish to that plate for munching now.

Rohini said...

@ Pavithra: Thank you! Come over to my place, we can share a plate over a nice talk! :)

my kitchen said...

I am sure kids will love this dish.Very new dish for me.i will try soon.Do visit my blog when u find time

Sushma Mallya said...

That looks really delicious...nice recipe..thanks for sharing

Raje said...

First time here. You have a nice space. Following you.
Moramorala upma looks yummy!

Nithya said...

Wow.. this is yumm.. I remember eating in my friends place, but have never tried. Sure to try it out soon. tempting pics :)

Rohini said...

@ my Kitchen, Sushma, Raje, Nithya: Thanks Dearies!!

Supriya said...

What an interesting, unusual dish Rohini. I will also give it a try. First time on ur blog, can't wait to browse thru all ur posts so far.