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February 4, 2011


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I learnt this from my MIL. Its a very tasty one pot meal recipe.I usually make it for dinner.I use noi arisi ( broken rice ) to prepare this upma. Its available in all grocery stores. If u don’t get this rice, u can just break the raw rice by running in the mixie once or twice. No side dish is needed. If neede it can be served with chopped onions. It can be made in jiffy.Apt for bachelors and working women!
Puli upma

Puli upma recipe

Puli upma recipe Puli upma recipe using broken rice/Noi arisi
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dinner
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml
  • Broken rice / Noi – 1 cup (If you don;t get broken rice,Grind raw rice in a mixie, just pulse it twice)
  • Tamarind - A big gooseberry size ( soak & extract )
  • Turmeric powder – A pinch
  • Salt – As needed.
  • Water – 2.5 cups
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Chana dal-1.5 tsp
  • Curry leaves – A few
  • Red chillies – 4 nos ( adjust)
  • Hing / Asafetida – 3 - 4 pinches

  • In a cooker base, add oil and temper the mustard seeds followed by urad & chana dal , pinched red chillies & hing. In a bowl , soak the tamarind in warm water  for 10 mins and take the extract using 2.5 sups of water mentioned above. ( if u take the extract with 1 cup of water, add the remaining 1.5 cups of water as it is.)
  • Then add the tamarind extract to the cooker base and the turmeric powder & required salt. Add a dash of hing again. Add fresh curry leaves too. ( these two items adding at the end gives a spl flavor for this upma ) Now add the washed & drained rice into the cooker.
  • Mix it well & close the lid.Keep it for 10-15 mins or 3 – 4 whistles. Once the steam is released , serve it hot. U can make the same in rice cooker too. For rice cooker,u need to add 3-3.5 cups of water.Enjoy eating hot topped with sesame oil.

  • If u don’t have broken rice in hand,just grind the raw rice in mixie very coarsely. Run the mixie once or twice to break the rice.Then use as mentioned above.
  • Adjust the quantity of red chillies based on ur spice level.
  • Do not add more water than the mentioned quantity.Upma will become mushy.

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  1. I have never heard or seen broken rice before.
    I would love to make your dish, really looks and sound delicious.
    Otherwise I would just break up the raw rice as you suggest.
    Have a great weekend ♥

  2. nice and new with broken ricefull meal

  3. Love the color and looks delish

  4. Looks fabulous & absolutely delicious!

  5. we make a similar one with rice flour.will try this one sometime

  6. This sounds new to me...looks very inviting

  7. Love new look of your blog ...nice...and this is new to me ...sounds gr8

  8. Interesting recipe..looks absolutely delicious.

  9. Nice recipe. I make rice upma without puli/tamarind. Should try this!

  10. Rice upma looks truly fabulous and inviting..

  11. That's an invaiting picture love this upma looks mouthwatering..

  12. Rice upma looks awesome...sounds a bit like pulihora in Andhra....
    Simple and easy to make with leftover rice too..

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  13. looks great never cooked with broken rice before

  14. Totally my kind of recipe! Looks so nice!

  15. Yummy broken rice dish.Love the flavor and color.

  16. Lovely recipe loved that soo cool. Thank u for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments good job keep going.

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  18. Beautiful broken rice :)
    hey thanks a lot for stopping by my blog :)

  19. Simple and superb recipe...
    Yummy for sure..
    First time in ur lovely space..Happy to follow u:-)

  20. Tangy and tasty Upma. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks a lot for visit my blog.I am happy to follow you.

    warm greetings

  21. My granny makes but with rice, sounds very nice with broken rice!

  22. thats a very nice recipe with broken rice!

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  24. This is a yummy dish which my granny n mom use to make..thank you chitra for sharing this recipe..awesome!

  25. Chitra my mom used make this when we were in Bombay(Mumbai) in the 70s when there was a scarcity for rice. We would buy in the ration and my mom had to separate rice from the broken rice using moram. The noi (broken rice) was used to make this stuff and we used to call it noi arisi pongal. We used to eat rotis for dinner but on Thursdays our friends would come to watch what was called Chaaya Geet and had no time to help mom in making rotis (for a family of 6). Thanks for sharing this


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