Monday, January 24, 2011

Aval Upma /Kanda- Mattar Poha /Onion-Peas Rice Flakes Upma

Aval also called as poha is flattened or beaten rice which is very easily digestible and can be cooked in a variety of ways. It can be eaten raw, soaked in milk or water and eaten as kanji(porridge) or cooked with tempered veggies. Many sweets with poha or also popular !

My liking for poha started only after spending a few years in Mumbai! Kanda means onion in marathi and they are a very popular dish of Maharashtra !
What i have made today is standard upma with onions & peas.Veggies of your choice can be added to further heighten the taste.


  • Poha (flaked rice) - 2 cups
  • Onion - 1 (chopped)
  • Green Peas - 1 cup
  • Cashewnuts - broken - to taste
  • Groundnuts - to taste
  • Ginger - a small piece (sliced)
  • Green chillies - 2 (chopped) - to taste
  • Asafoetida  - a pinch or two
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds,Cumin seeds - 1  tsp
  • Curry Leaves- a few
  • coriander - a handful (for garnishing)
  • Grated coconut ( for garnish) - optional
  • oil/Butter - 1 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • Lemon juice 1 tsp

Here's how:-

Wash poha and drain water completely and leave aside .

Heat oil in a pan and let the mustard & cumin seeds splutter. Add asafoetida,green chillies,ginger,curry leaves and saute for some time. To this add cashewnuts and groundnuts and roast till golden brown. Now stir fry the onion till it turns translucent. Add peas (any any other veggies ) and let it cook for some time.

Add poha and mix well . Adjust salt if needed and give it a good toss on low flame.

Garnish with coriander, coconut and sprinkle lemon juice just before serving.

Serve it with any chutney or other choice acompaniments. I relish it with a cup of curd !

Enjoy !

Linking this to kurinji's event Announcement- Healthy Food !- Aval/Rice Flakes


  1. One of my fav evening snack with some tea :)

  2. Nice recipe and thank you to link with my event dear...

  3. Yummy and healthy upma made in minutes.

  4. delicious aval upma which is a hot favourite in our house.

  5. Healthy and yummy! Love your preparation too...

  6. I also prepare this with thick pohas. Your's look tasty and healthy

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  7. Very similar to how I make ... looking yummy

  8. This looks tasty and inviting..delicious snack.

  9. Poha is my fav...if someone can make it for me...:)) looks yum!

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  10. Priya
    Amazing photos and instructions.... I would love
    to eat a plateful of this delcious Kanda Pohe!!

  11. Very good snak idea...with different and easy method..liked it..

  12. Love this quick Upma.Yours look so delicious.

  13. Aval upma looks delicious . I love both savory and sweet aval.

  14. Very colourful and delicious upma..

  15. Delicious.. very easy and would love to make some on lazy sundays :)

  16. Do you have any video of that? I'd want to find out more details.

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