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Aval Upma

Aval upma is a simple, spicy, savory snack made with poha or flattened rice flakes, called "aval" in Tamil, along with peanuts, curry leaves, and other spices and seasonings. It makes a great coffeetime, or anytime, tiffin or snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Aval Upma, Poha Upma
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 237kcal


  • 2 cups aval (or poha or flattened rice flakes)
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 2 dry red chili peppers
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp 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.
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (use coconut shreds if you'd rather)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped, for garnish)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste


  • Place the aval in a large colander and wash under running water for a minute. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  • 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.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1089IU | Vitamin C: 106mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 6mg