Thursday, May 10, 2012

Puffed Rice Upma

          Puffed rice is a kind of puffed grain made from rice, known by many names like Pori, Muri,Churmure and so on. It is used mainly in snacks and now I have come to know that they are also used in cereals. I don't make much with this, and when I see the huge bags of puffed rice at the grocery store, I usually turn, thinking that I am not going to be able to finish it. And then I tasted a kind of a upma ( I don't know whether they call it upma) at a friend's place, I thought I should make something with it and got this big bag of puffed rice. I made it for breakfast, and now I know why they come in such huge bags, I used 10 cups of it to make upma for three. The upma turned out to be really good, give it a try..

Need To Have
  • Puffed Rice - 10 cups
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium chopped
  • Tomato - 1 big chopped
  • Green Chillies - 3 sliced
  • Grated Ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 5 or 6

          To a big pot of water, add the puffed rice, initially it'll be floating on the top, after a couple of mins, it will settle down (not sinking). Now remove it and squeeze out the water, it should not have absorbed much water and it will be separate, not sticking to each other. Now, heat some oil, add the mustard and cumin seeds, when they start spluttering, add the peanuts and roast them till they change color. Then add the green chillies, curry leaves and onions, saute till onions turn transparent, add the tomatoes and saute well along with the turmeric powder and salt, When the tomatoes have turned mushy, add the puffed rice, mix everything well and serve it garnished with some chopped coriander, I didn't have it that day so I left it out.
Sending it to Cuisine Delights for the Spotlight - Healthy Breakfast Ideas event and
                to Divya's Culinary Journey for Surabhi Nayak's Let's Party - Breakfast event.
When you put the puffed rice in water it shrinks in size, so 10 cups is not much.
If you like it spicy, you can add finely chopped green chillies instead of sliced ones.
Also, you can add some grated coconut along with the coriander, it would taste even better.

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  1. Wow! I love the idea

  2. super hema,never tried like this...bookmarked this recipe!!

  3. Puffed rice upma?? Really innovative and looks delicious..

  4. I love Pori puma, its popular in karnataka cooking I think. My cousins wife made this for me. It was super easy and delicious. The photos look colorful.

  5. I have never tried this . Am intrigued. And you have given good instructions to make the puffed rice right for the upma. Bookmarking this.

  6. Nice one. Looks yummy.

  7. Nice and delicious puffed rice upma or can say poha.

  8. Lovely idea to make upma with puffed rice. I should definitely try this...such a quick handy dish...nice one. BTW, check out the WTML event & giveaway happening at my space.

  9. fantastic snack recipe. my mom always makes for me when i was kid

  10. Very interesting this recipe. I love the colours of this dish. Great shot!

  11. Very interesting idea to make upma with puffed rice.. Lovely presentation.
    Thanks for linking it to the event..

    Divya's Culinary Journey
    Showcase- Desserts
    Lets Party-Breakfast

  12. Not sure on which one to comment on. This puffed rice upma looks fantastic and so are the cookies and the radish curry. Lovely.

  13. the puffed rice upma looks amazing..........very tasty.

  14. The first time I heard about this recipe, I was doubtful, that the puffed rice would all become mushy, but when I tried it I was quite surprised. I liked it a lot.
    Your upma looks very delicious

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  15. Yummy upma,healthy and definitely guilt free..wish to have it anytime.

  16. i have seen this at many restaurants in hyderabad,, they call it uggani here and i love it

  17. Lovely clicks as always Hema :)

  18. we call it girmit & i do this often!

  19. wow innovative n yummy upoma........

  20. Looks great. I m sure must be tasting good too.

    I have a small suggestion, I feel a touch 1/2 a squeezed Lemon juice and 1/2 cup of Boiled potato will make more difference to the dish. It will add more mouthfeel to the dish

    1. Adding potatoes is a good idea, but since I have added tomatoes, I didn't want to add lemon juice.