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Aval Upma

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 cups aval or pohe (flattened rice, available in Indian grocery stores). Before you go ahead with another step in this recipe, place the aval in a large colander and wash under running water for a minute. Set the colander and aval aside while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp canola or other vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion , finely minced
  • 2 potatoes , skins scrubbed clean. Cut the potatoes into a small dice and then zap them in a microwave with 1 tbsp water until the potatoes are tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (use coconut shreds if you'd rather)
  • Chopped green coriander , for garnish
  • Lemon juice


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and when they sputter, add the dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Add the onions and saute, stirring, until the onions begin to soften. Add the potatoes and stir to mix.
  • Add the peanuts and toss together for another two minutes. Add the coconut milk, mix, then add the drained aval and salt to taste.
  • Toss the aval and the vegetables together well and check for salt. Turn off the heat and add coriander leaves.
  • To serve, place in bowls and spritz with some lemon juice (in India, the aval is served with a little wedge of lemon on the side). Eat hot.