Red poha upma recipe – How to make red poha upma recipe – healthy breakfast recipes

Poha is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast dish made with flattened rice (poha) and onions.  It is also had as a teatime snack.  Poha is a maharashtrian word for flattened rice and kanda for onion.  There is another version also for making poha with onions and potatoes. It is called as kanda batata (potato) poha. This is one of the staple breakfast dish of Maharashtra.  Red poha upma is made with red poha.  Red poha is very similar to white poha, except for the texture. Red poha is little coarser than white poha.  Red poha is made from red rice which has more health benefits than white poha.  Red rice is also enriched with antioxidants that help in fighting free radicals in our body, preventing the risk of diseases like cancer.

Poha is one of the healthy and light dish, which is not only easy to make but can be prepared quickly too.  Roasted peanuts added to poha makes it all the more tasty and adds flavour to it.  South Indians also make poha but they add grated coconut as garnishing which also tastes great.  Poha is rich in iron and hence best served with lime juice. Lime juice helps absorption of iron from poha.

You can check other poha recipes too :

Poha cutlet

Poha idli

Poha dosa

Poha chivda

Oats poha



Prep Time :  10 mins

Cook Time : 15 mins

Servings : 4 persons

Indian cuisine


Red poha /aval – 2 cups

Onion – 1 (medium sized) (chopped finely)

Green chillies – 4 (chopped finely)

Few curry leaves

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Ginger – 1/2 teaspoon (grated or chopped finely)

Grated coconut – 3 tablespoons

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons

Chopped coriander leaves  for garnishing

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

Salt to taste


Oil – 2 tablespoons

A pinch of asafoetida/hing

Cumin seeds/jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Urad dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Peanuts – 1/4 cup


Rinse the red poha well.  Add water just to cover the poha.  Leave aside for 7-8 minutes.  Water will be absorbed by the poha and make it soft.

Drain the excess water, if any, with the help of a sieve or a colander. (This is an optional step.  Do this only if required to remove any excess water.  This ensures that poha does not become soggy).

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Heat oil in a wide pan on medium flame.  Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.  Once the seeds starts spluttering, add cumin seeds, urad dal and peanuts and roast well on low flame till the peanuts become crunchy and urad dal turns light brown in colour.  Then  add chopped green chillies, ginger, chopped onions and curry leaves.  Saute till the onions become translucent.

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Add the poha and stir well.  Add turmeric powder, salt and sugar.  Mix well.

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Cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes.   Once the poha turns soft, switch off the flame.  Add chopped coriander leaves, grated coconut and lemon juice and mix well again.

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Tasty red poha upma is ready to be served.  Serve red poha hot with a nice cup of tea or coffee.



Add just enough water to cover the poha.  Or else it tends to become too soft or soggy.

You can also garnish with sev to further enhance the taste.

Do not skip roasted peanuts, as it gives a nice crunchy taste.


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