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Delicious South Indian Twist To Upma- Puffed Rice Upma

add it your favorite veggies to make it more delicious

The Puffed Rice Upma makes a quick and easy breakfast for those busy weekday morning. Puffed rice is a type of grain made from rice, commonly used as a breakfast cereal or snack foods, and served as a popular street food in India in the form of Bhel Puri.

Puffed Rice Upma

Puffed Rice Upma

Prep in: 10 minutes

Cooks in: 20 minutes

Total in: 30 minutes

Makes: 4 servings


  • 6 cups Puffed rice
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) seeds
  • 10 Curry leaves, roughly torn
  • 1 Ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup Raw Peanuts (Moongphali)
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Green peas (Matar), steamed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Tomato, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt, as needed

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How to make

  • To begin making Puffed Rice Upma Recipe (Murmura Upma), place the puffed rice in a strainer and wash it under running water for 30 seconds and set aside on a bowl for all the excess water to drain out.
  • Alternatively, if you like the upma crunchy you can directly add the puffed rice without washing it.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan or kadai with a tablespoon of oil on medium flame.
  • Once the oil heats up, add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Add cumin seeds and peanuts and roast on medium heat until the raw peanuts get a roasted aroma and are crisp.
  • Once the peanuts are roasted, add the ginger, onions, green chillies and curry leaves with a little salt and sauté until transparent. Add peas, turmeric powder, tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes until the tomatoes are tender and soft.
  • Stir in the Murmura (Puffed Rice), coriander leaves, lemon juice and stir everything together. Check the salt and spice, adjust to suit your taste and serve.
  • Serve the Puffed Rice Upma for a quick and easy weekday breakfast or even as a tea time snack when you have some guests over

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