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September 16, 2019

Pori Upma – Puffed Rice Upma Recipe

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Pori upma/ puffed rice upma was in my try list for long time. I usually make kara pori and bhel puri at home. Recently my friend was telling me about this easy pori upma for breakfast.

 Last time when I went to Salem, I got a bag of puffed rice. As I wanted to empty the pack soon, I tried this pori upma for our breakfast yesterday. The best thing about this upma is it can be made in jiffy because the cooking time is very less. It tastes super soft like aval upma and flavorful too.

 For 2 persons, you need to use 5 cups of puffed rice. It shrinks as soon as we wash and add to upma. So this upma is the best way to finish off the leftover, excess puffed rice. If you have leftover puffed rice at home after the festivals like Ayudha poojai / Saraswathi pooja, you can try this upma. 

This recipe is ideal for bachelors and working women to whip up a quick breakfast or dinner. Ok, Lets see how to make this easy, yummy and quick pori upma recipe for instant breakfast.

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puffed rice upma

Pori upma recipe / puffed rice upma

Pori upma recipe  / puffed rice upma

Pori upma recipe / puffed rice upma for instant breakfast, snack and dinner

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Puffed rice / Arisi Pori / Mandakki - 5 cups
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1 (slit into two)
  • Sambar powder or red chilli powder – 1 /2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - to wash the puffed rice
To Temper
  • Coconut oil or cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Asafetida/ hing - 1/8 tsp
  • Red chilli – 1(cut into two)
  • Roasted peanuts – 2 tbsp
  1. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard, urad, chana dal, roasted peanuts and curry leaves.
  2. Saute onion, green chilli till transparent.
  3. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt.
  4. Saute for a minute in low flame.
  5. Wash the puffed rice and squeeze gently.
  6. Now add the squeezed puffed rice.
  7. Mix gently and cook till its heated. Switch off the flame.
  8. Add lemon juice and mix gently. Serve hot !
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, roasted peanuts and curry leaves.

  • Add finely chopped onion, green chilli , red chilli. Saute till onion becomes transparent.
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  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder or sambar powder, salt. Saute for a minute in low flame without burning. Take puffed rice. Add water to cover it. Squeeze gently and add to the kadai.
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  • Toss gently to coat the masala. Cook till puffed rice is heated and reduced in quantity. Switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
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  • Enjoy hot for best taste.


  • Puffed rice reduces in quantity after cooking. So you need to use minimum 2 cups for 1 person.
  • For variations, you can skip sambar powder / red chilli powder and use slit green chillies.
  • Do not add the pori without washing and squeezing the water. Puffed rice become chewy.
  • For healthy options, you can saute finely chopped carrot, beans, potato and frozen peas till cooked and then add puffed rice.

Try this interesting pori upma with excess puffed rice at home. You will love it.
puffed rice upma

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