Pori Upma

Puffed rice is called Pori in Tamil. It’s a very healthy and a popular snack. Pori mixed with roasted peanuts is one of my family’s most favourite snack. There are very popular fast food and snacks which uses Pori as its basic ingredient.

Many years back, when we were living in Muscat, I learnt this Pori Upma from one of good friend Anu Joe:) She was from Hyderabad and she told me that this was a very popular breakfast dish there.

It’s very easy to make, very healthy, rich in protein , very tasty and perfect for breakfast indeed:)



Pori – 7-8 cups
Roasted chana dal( chutney dal) – 3/4th cup
Grated coconut – 2 tbsps
Onion – 2 big sized
Tomatoes – 3 medium sized
Green chillies – 2-3
Curry leaves few
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard – 1 tsp
Split Urad dal ( black gram/ ullundhu) – 1 tsp
Chana dal ( bengal gram/ kadalai paruppu) – 1 tsp
Hing( asafoetida/ perungayam)- 1/4th tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves- 2 tbsps
Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp


Soak the Pori in lots of water for 15-20 mins.


Meanwhile, grind the roasted chana dal and coconut to a coarse powder.


Peel,wash and chop onions finely.
Wash and chop tomatoes finely.
Wash and chop green chillies and curry leaves.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard. When it starts spluttering, add urad dal, chana dal, green chillies, curry leaves and hing.
Sauté for few seconds and then add the chopped onions.

Sauté till the onions turns golden, add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste. Mix well and cook till the tomatoes become soft.

Drain the soaked pori, squeeze it well. Add to the pan and sauté for few seconds.


Add the roasted chana dal and coconut powder. Mix well and check for the seasonings. Sauté for few mins.


Take off the gas. Add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot:)