Aval Upma

Most of you, who are reading my blog for sometime now must have known my love for Upma. I know, it is sometimes boring, dull and irritating. I have a big list of "I-hate-Upma" buddies! But to me, it is an ultimate comfort food, when I am not in a mood for an elaborate meal. Sometimes it is for breakfast, most of the time I even have it for lunch!

So presenting you one more Upma from my cook book, Aval Upma or the ever-famous Kanda Aloo Poha!

Aval Upma
Flatted rice cooked with Potatoes, Onions and spices
What we need:
Aval / Poha / Flattened rice - 2 cups
Potato, medium sized - 1
Onion, medium sized - 1
Curry leaves - 1 few sprigs
Red Peanuts - a handful
Green Chillies - 1 or 2, minced
Mustard - 1 tbsp.
Jeera (Cumin) - 1 tbsp.
Chana dal - 1 tbsp.
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Oil - a tbsp.
Salt - according to taste

How to do:
1. Wash, clean and soak the Aval/Poha with very little water for about 10 minutes. Ideal way is to leave them damp after cleaning.
2. Heat oil and add mustard, followed by Jeera and Chana dal. When the dal starts to brown, add the curry leaves, turmeric powder, green chillies, red peanuts and onion.
3. Fry till the onions turn soft and throw in the diced potatoes. Add salt.
4. Fry for a couple of more minutes till the potatoes are well-cooked.
5. Now slowly add the soaked Aval/Poha and stir gently so that the spices are incorporated and the poha is not broken.
6. Leave it for a minute and remove.

Garnish with coriander if desired and serve hot. It is a simple, stand-alone dish and doesn't need any side, but still you can serve it with some yoghurt.

See you all soon with an interesting Guest Blogger!! Till then, Happy Cooking and Happy Blogging! :)


Raks said...

Thanks for that special note in your blog Rohini and Upma looks so pleasing to eyes,I never made such gud looking aval upma before ;)

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

hai rohini.. many more wishes for your friend on my side and i too accept u regarding upma.. me too most of the time have only upma for lunch.. hmmmmm

Priya Suresh said...

Thats really nice of u for celebrating our blogger friend's birthday in ur space dear Rohini..Aval upma looks prefect and delicious for me...

Nithu Bala said...

Yummy aval upma.. Rohini you are doing a great job by celebration our blogger friends Bday in your space..

My hearty Bday wishes to Raji:-)

Kanchan said...

Oh do you call this upma, we call it simple poha :)

upma is the one with Rava - sooji !

This is The Foodie's favorite breakfast; your click is awesome as always .. :)

will just drop by @ Raks .. thanks for lovely reminder ;)

Nithya said...

Wish you happy birthday Raji.. :)

Rohini, I am one such friend of you who says I hate upma.. But its only the Rava upma that matters for me.. others are fine and yummy for me too :) Love your version too :)

Ms.Chitchat said...

Best wishes to Raji on her b'day and to u too for celebrating :):) Loved ur upma and can have it any time, am a lover of upma.

Latha said...

Lovely upma .....adding potato is new to me...will try it next time :).

Faiza Ali said...

Many many happy returns to Raji..

The aval upma looks yummy...I used to hate upma during my childhood...but somehow I love Upma now, specially for breakfast :)

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

Happy B'day to Raji.

Cute click with neat presentation dear..

Sushma Mallya said...

Many many happy returns of the day raks, hope you have a great time...and i love this type of upma using poha..thats my comfort food too ...looks delicious rohini

Pavithra Srihari said...

Many happy returns to Raks ... Aval looks perfect.

I love upma too simply because it is so easy to make and can be had anytime with curd.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Happy birthday to Raks!
Aval Upma looks very comforting indeed. I love upma very much too..but everytime i make it, my hubby calls it "oppethal" meaning didn't put hard efforts into making it or something like that..Thats the point, isn't it? Easy effortless Upma to the rescue..

Ann said...

So sweet of you to send greetings to other blogger :) happy B'day Raji :) and please add me to your I-Hate-Upma buddy list :P but, frankly that Pic looks good!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Happy Birthday Raje....
thats a lovely upuma... i m not v good at it...
this gives me an idea.. to make a lovely one!!

Padhu Sankar said...

I have not tried adding potato .Sure to try that next time.

Ammu Madhu said...

aval upma superb.

kitchen queen said...

lovely delicious aval upma an all time favourite in our house.We r avid fans of this upma so it is regular dish.

Fathima said...

Happy B'day to Raji... Yummy looking Poha upma..

~ Lopa said...

That's what we call Batata Poha right? Aval is what it's called in South-india?

I love it, it's on our every weekend fix breakfast menu :P

And yes Happy Birthday to Raji :)

Preethi Rajeev said...

Add me to the " i hate upma team", but this one is a keeper, i love the flavours and will try it soon

Poonam said...

This is exactly what i want to eattttttt!!!!