Puli Aval – Tamarind Poha (Upma)

April 15, 2014 Bachelor Friendly RecipesBreakfast/DinnerNavaratri SpecialNO Onion NO Garlic  4 comments

Aval / Poha is flattened rice. It is very easily digestible and can be cooked in a jiffy. This puli aval is our family favourite. I usually make this when we get bored with the normal idli/dosa or especially when I am tired/lazy, this comes to my rescue. I have already posted an aval/poha upma recipe earlier. This is yet another delicious upma recipe…

Now to the recipe…


[Preparation Time-10 mins : Cooking Time- 10 mins]


  • Aval / Poha – 1 cup
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed

To dry roast & grind:

  • Chana Dal – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Red Chillies – 2 nos

To Temper:

  • Peanuts – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp


  • Wash aval/poha twice and add thick tamarind juice and soak. Leave this aside for 10 mins or until u start the seasoning.

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  • Heat a pan and dry roast the ingredients as mentioned above until golden brown. Let it cool.

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  • Grind this into a coarse powder. Heat a pan with oil and temper with peanuts first. Once the peanuts are almost roasted, add mustard. Once mustard splutters add urad dal and fry till golden brown.

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  • Add the coarsely ground powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida & curry leaves. Mix for a few seconds and add the tamarind soaked aval to this immediately. Add required salt and mix with very light hands so that aval blends well. Switch off the flame.

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Puli Aval is ready.

Serve hot as breakfast or dinner.



  1. I used medium variety of poha. Use medium or thick variety as thin variety will become mushy.
  2. Do not add more water while soaking else it will become soggy.

4 comments to Puli Aval – Tamarind Poha (Upma)

  • veenashankar  says:

    my fav weekend brunch.. looks yum

  • Priya  says:

    My kind of food, love it very much.

  • Sonys kitchen  says:

    Perfect breakfast…….. Yummy!!

  • Jayanthisindhiya  says:

    My fav breakfast,looks so divine

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