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Light and delicious tiffin- Aval Upma

Want a light and easy breakfast? Then try out this tiffin recipe.

Aval Upma

It is such a simple dish that takes just 10 minutes to make. It is perfect for an evening snack with a cup of tea or for as a light tiffin. It is also very healthy and easy to digest.


  • Aval (Flattened Rice/ Poha) – 1 cup (You can make with white or red aval)
  • Onion – 1 (small – chopped)
  • Ginger – a tiny piece (about 1/2″ piece finely chopped or grated)
  • Green Chili – 1 (sliced)
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves (Cilantro) – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Lemon Juice – few drops (about 1/2 tsp)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch (optional)

For Tempering

  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Peanuts (or Channa dal) – 2 tbsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Curry Leaves – 5-6
  • Dry Red Chili – 1

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  • Take the aval in a big colander or a sieve and wash it under running water.
  • Let it soak in that moisture for about 5-10 minutes while you get the other things ready.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and peanuts. Roast it on low flame till the peanuts are roasted and mustard seeds finish popping.
  • Add the asafoetida, dry red chili and curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped onions, ginger, green chili and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute.
  • Add the soaked aval and mix. Sprinkle few drops of water if needed. Cover with a lid, reduce the flame and cook for 5-7 minutes. (Note : If you are using the thinner variety of aval, just cook for couple of minutes.)
  • Add the lemon juice, grated coconut and coriander leaves. Mix and switch off.


  • You can add vegetables like grated coconut, green peas, potatoes immediately after tempering, cook it and then add the soaked aval.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve this aval upma with some spicy curry or with banana or with a cup of tea.


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