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September 8, 2018

Tomato Poha – Thakkali Aval Upma Recipe

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Tomato poha

Tomato poha / Thakkali aval is an easy, instant Indian breakfast and dinner recipe. Poha recipes (Pressed rice/ rice flakes recipes in English, avalakki uppittu in Kannada) makes it appearance at least twice in a week in my kitchen as it can be cooked quickly and instantly in jiffy morning hours. It would be ideal for breakfast. As Iam trying different poha recipes in South Indian and North Indian versions, I wanted to make this easy tomato poha (Thakkali aval upma in Tamil) for our breakfast today. 

This is the first time I am making poha with tomato. Basically tomato poha can be prepared in 2 ways. One by adding onion, green chilli and tomato and other one by adding spice powders and garam masala. Today I have followed the second method by adding tomato, onion, red chilli powder and garam masala powder as I love my poha to be slightly spicy and flavorful. 

Bachelors and working women would love this recipe as it can be prepared under 15 minutes. You can whip up your breakfast or late night dinner instantly. Optionally you can use frozen green peas and vegetables like carrot, capsicum to make it colorful and healthy. Ok, Lets see how to make tomato poha recipe with step by step pictures.

Check out my Maharashtrian Kanda poha, Gujarati Batata poha, Tamilnadu style aval upma, Lemon poha and Instant poha mix recipe.

Tomato poha recipe

Tomato poha recipe / Thakkali aval upma

Tomato poha recipe / Thakkali aval upma

Tomato poha /Thakkali aval upma - Easy, instant breakfast recipes.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Instant breakfast recipes
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Thick poha / Getti aval / Thick rice flakes - 1 cup
  • Water – 1/2 to 3/4 cup (to soak poha)
  • Salt - as needed
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 (Finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 1 small
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder /coriander seeds powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Coriander leaves - To garnish


  1. Wash the thick poha twice or thrice. Add water to immerse it.
  2. Soak for 10 minutes. Chop onion, chilli, tomato.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper and saute onion, tomato till mushy.
  4. Add chilli powder, turmeric, coriander seeds powder, garam masala powder, salt and sugar.
  5. Mix well till raw smell goes off. Lastly add soaked poha. Mix gently.
  6. Cover cook in low flame till poha becomes soft. Mix and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot ! No side dish is needed.


  • Wash the thick poha twice or thrice to remove the debris. Drain the washed water completely. Add the water required to immerse the poha ( I used 1/2 cup water). Soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Poha absorbs all the water and becomes soft.
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  • In the mean time, chop the onion, tomato finely. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, finely chopped onion, slit green chilli and saute till onion becomes transparent.
  • Tomato poha recipe
  • Add finely chopped tomato and saute till tomato turns mushy. Add salt, sugar, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander seeds powder and garam masala powder.
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  • Mix well and cook for a minute till its raw smell vanishes. Now add the soaked poha without any water. (Drain the water in a colander if any).

  • Mix gently using a fork without making it mushy. Keep the flame low and cover cook the poha for 5 to 10 minutes till poha is heated well and becomes soft. Mix it once or twice in the middle to avoid burnt bottom.
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  • Switch off the flame. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot. Enjoy ! You can have it with aloo bhujia or any pickle if you like.


  • For variations and healthy options, you can add finely chopped carrot, capsicum, frozen peas along with onion and saute till its cooked.
  • You can replace red chilli powder and coriander seeds powder with finely chopped green chilli for less flavor.
  • You can use sambar powder to replace red chilli and Dhania powder.
  • You can also make it without onion on vrat days/ fasting days.
  • If you like more tangy taste, add few drops of lemon juice at the end.

Yummy, tasty, easy tomato poha is ready to enjoy with your cup of tea !
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