Aval Upma / Avalakki Uppit / Poha Upma

Healthy South Indian breakfast recipe with Aval Upma.
Aval Upma

How to make Aval Upma / Poha Upma at home?

Aval Upma is a quick South Indian snack/breakfast dish made from Aval or Poha (Flattened Rice flakes). This recipe is a South Indian style variation for Poha Upma with step-by-step photos. We usually make this for breakfast but you can cook this up for a quick evening snack as well.

It is known by many names: Poha in Hindi, Avalakki Uppit in Kannada, Atukulu Upma in Telugu. Upma is perhaps one of the most popular breakfast dishes from South India. You can almost find it every restaurant menu in the South Indian region. So this variation has Aval as the main ingredient in the Upma that lends it a nice fun texture and will be liked by kids and grown-ups.

Poha, on the other hand, is the north Indian variation of Aval Upma – and is extremely popular as a snack/breakfast in many parts of North India. There are many variations of Aval Upma / Poha Upma – it is usually in the way the Poha is cooked – in one of them, the Aval is mostly dry fried or semi-cooked while in others, the Aval is cooked until it is tender – almost like a texture that is with cooked Rice.

Aval Upma Recipe
Poha/Aval Upma/Atukulu Upma/Avalakki Uppit makes for a light breakfast recipe or even as a n evening snack.

This particular recipe for Poha Upma is something that we’ve been making for many years now, at our home. Compared to the North Indian Poha, this one has Aval fully cooked and soft. It is blended with Groundnuts and Peas make for this healthy, sumptuous and fun snack.

As a kid, I never really liked the Rava Upma variety 🙂 So I’d always look forward to those days when Aval Upma would be served. What I really liked about Avalakki Uppit is how it tasted with sprinkled sugar in the dish.

The taste of this dish is in its simplicity – the taste is subtle with the flavors of Poha blending with the spices that are used and the garnishes of groundnuts and peas. It is very likable and light too – so those who are health-conscious should definitely consider this as part of their menu.

Aval Upma doesn’t need any side-dish but you can serve this with either sweet or spicy Chutneys. We’ll recommend Green Chilli Chutney or Coconut Chutney. You can also sprinkle sugar crystals on the top to give it a nice spicy-sweet flavor (which is what we like 🙂 )

You can also try this Aval Roti which is another healthy Roti dish. Check out other Indian snack recipes.

Here are other South Indian breakfast recipes:

Over to you now.

Make this Aval Upma / Poha Upma / Avalakki Uppit and let us know how you liked it. Recipe with step-by-step photos, below.

Aval Upma

Aval Upma or Rice flakes Upma or Poha Upma

Healthy South Indian breakfast recipe with Aval Upma.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 163 kcal


  • non-stick kadai


  • 2 cups Aval or rice flakes thick aval
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 nos onion finely choppes
  • 2 nos green chillies slit vertically
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts
  • 1 no tomato
  • 2 nos carrot chopped finely
  • 1 cup cabbage chopped finely
  • 1 no capsicum finely chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/2 lemon squeeze the lemon and take the juice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon curry leaves
  • salt as per requirement
  • coriander leaves for garnishing

How to make:

  • Wash the aval for two times thoroughly in water to remove the impurities in it. Drain the water completely and close with the lid.
    Aval Upma making
  • In the mean time, cut the vegetables and start frying one by one. It will save time and also aval gets spongy.
  • Heat the kadai, add oil and cumin seeds. wait for 30 seconds, then add onion, chilles, curry leaves and fry it.
    Aval upma making process
  • After one minute, add the groundnuts.
    Aval Upma / Avalakki Uppit / Poha Upma 1
  • Once the onion turns to golden brown, add the tomatoes to it.
    Aval Upma / Avalakki Uppit / Poha Upma 2
  • Once the tomato gets mushy, add all the vegetables and mix it completely. Add little salt and sprinkle some water to it and close the lid, so that vegetable cook fast.
    Aval Upma / Avalakki Uppit / Poha Upma 3
  • Once the vegetables cooked half way through, add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, corander powder, garam masala powder and salt to it.
    Aval Upma / Avalakki Uppit / Poha Upma 4
  • After frying all the masala with the vegetables completely, add the aval to it and mix thoroughly. Close the lid for 5 minutes for the aval to cook. Keep it in the low flame.
    Aval upma making process
  • Once the aval is cooked, add lemon juice and mix it. Garnish with the coriander leaves.
    Aval Upma / Avalakki Uppit / Poha Upma 5
  • Yummy aval upma is ready to serve !!
    Aval Upma


I have used thick aval in this dish. You can use thin aval, but once you have washed the aval in water, you’ll have to cook immediately other it’ll get too soggy. 

Nutrition / Calories (Estimate only)

Nutrition Facts
Aval Upma or Rice flakes Upma or Poha Upma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 657IU13%
Vitamin C 176mg213%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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