Friday, February 8, 2013

Lemon Aval Upma Recipe - Lemon Aval / Poha

Lemon Aval Upma Recipe
Lemon Aval / Lemon Poha has become my recent fav esp when the tummy kicks in for the 5PM teatime snack. It is very quick to put together and you need not wait too long, flavourful and yummy upma ready in minutes....what else do you want? I always love lemon flavour for its tanginess like lemon ricelemon sevai etc and now this has been added to the list too.I have already posted a simple aval upma yrs ago, this is a variation of the usual aval upma.
Lemon Aval Upma Recipe
You can use any variety of poha as you wish but I prefer the thick variety as it is less sticky, though tastewise not much of difference. I love the thin variety for aval urundai and aval payasam. When I was puzzled of what to pack last week, this lemon poha came to my rescue and yes I agree posting here was in my mind too :)
Lemon Aval Upma Recipe

Lemon Aval Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Aval(Poha) - 1 cup (I used thick poha variety )
Lemon juice - from 1 small lemon
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Green chillies - 1 chopped finely
Curry leaves - few


  1. Squeeze juice from a small lemon, set aside.Add water to poha just till immersing level,leave it soaked for 3-5mins(if its thick variety).Add required salt.
    How to make lemon aval - Step1
  2. Meanwhile soak channa dal for 10mins. Heat oil in a pan - add the items under 'to temper' and saute till golden brown and the dals turn crisp.
    How to make lemon aval - Step2
  3. Then add soaked poha, give a stir until the seasoning is mixed evenly.Check for salt and adjust accordingly. Switch off and add the lemon juice.
    How to make lemon aval - Step3
Serve hot/warm!

My Notes:

  • While tempering you can add peanuts too.
  • Make sure you switch off and then add lemon juice else there are chances for the upma to become bitter.
  • Instead of green chillies, you can add red chillies too.
  • If you are using the thin variety of poha soak just for 2mins else it will become mushy.
  • This upma is ideal for snack time esp for kids.

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. First a bear hug for you :) I always look out for a quick fix snack for my husband who rushes in for tea time and rushes out.. this will be a perfect one for him!bookmarking :)

  2. Like the grainy texture of the poha.would also like to add grated coconut to it.

  3. Aval upma is hubby's favorite and looks inviting Sharmi.

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  4. I just love poha and it's a comfort food for me when I do not want to do serious cooking.

  5. In Maharashtra we use thick variety only to prepare this dish. 'Batata Pohe' is my favorite breakfast.

  6. I love this breakfast dish ! I also do it the Maharashtrian way as well as the "Konkani" way i.e without the dals and the turmeric powder and with coconut gratings for garnish.

  7. I prepare this twice a week for breakfast...adding lemon juice makes it so yummy....

  8. Hi Sharmi, iam big fan of your site, I never cook but after seeing ur site I got interest in cooking.. thank you so much, your presentation is simply supereb.. now I can say I can cook :0)

  9. simple and delicious poha.. nice clicks..

  10. Simple and yummy recipe :)


  11. looks yummy!

  12. Can u clear one doubt for me? You soaked channa dal for preparing rava idli and this lemon poha also what is the purpose of soaking like that.

  13. Love this quick and easy to make aval, especially for the lemon flavor.. Simple and delicious..

  14. Hi Sharmi,

    Tried this. Came out Great! Thanks!

  15. Hi sharmi,
    Tried out today and came out So well.


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