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Puli upma recipe | south indian breakfast recipes

by Jeyashri suresh
Hi friends, Sorry for not visiting your blogs for the past 2 weeks.We went to India for a family function and had a very good time there and came back 2 days back. Now things have come to a routine.
Coming to the recipe, this Puli upma is my all time favourite,whenever i visit my mom’s place i ask her to make this for breakfast. even when she visited here last time,most of the days she made this for me. But though it is my favourite, i never attempted to make this. Still don’t know why!!. Yesterday i thought of attempting this on my own.Came out very well.
Just wanted to share the recipe with u all.Simple and easy one made with rice flour and tamarind water.
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Puli upma recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 1-2

     Rice flour   1/2 cup
     Tamarind extract   1 and 1/4 cup
     Asafoetida  a pinch
     Salt   as needed
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
     Oil   1 tblsp
     Red chili   3 


  • Soak a small piece of tamarind in warm water .
  • Extract tamarind water from it.
  • Mix this with the rice flour
  • Add salt and mix well
  • The consistency should be slightly loose from the chapathi dough.


  • Heat a kadai,and add oil to it
  • Temper mustard seeds, asafoetida and red chillies to it.
  • When it crackles add the rice flour mixture to it.
  • Cook in medium flames and break the lumps with a ladle.


  • When it is cooked, sprinkle a few drops of water to it .
  • Mix it well and switch off the flame.
  • Serve hot with SUTTA APPLAM.(Pappad roasted on open flame or can be microwaved too)
  • I personally love to eat this with sugar smeared on the top of it and with papad.

Puli upma

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Priya February 25, 2010 - 7:58 am

I do prepare the similar way too, as u told love with sugar..Hope u had a great trip and had fun with ur family…Glad to see u back ..

Sushma Mallya February 25, 2010 - 8:29 am

Very interesting and simple too jeyashri, never tried upma this way..looks good…

Rekha shoban February 25, 2010 - 8:30 am

its very simple and easy….nice evening tiffin.

Pari February 25, 2010 - 8:41 am

Good to see u back.The Upma looks so good I will surely try this and let u know. Thanx for sharing dear and so good u tried it for urself..:)

RAKS KITCHEN February 25, 2010 - 8:47 am

I have not yet tried on my own,enjoyed my mom's puli upma,and the way to enjoy it is very new to me,will try making and try this technique 🙂

Rachana Kothari February 25, 2010 - 8:59 am

Hope you enjoyed your stay back home and with those yummy food out there:) Upma looks really good!

Tina February 25, 2010 - 9:20 am

Never tried upma with rice flour…Looks nice and yummy…

Neetz February 25, 2010 - 9:48 am

woww intresting one..very easy too :)…looks yummy 🙂

Sandhya Hariharan February 25, 2010 - 9:56 am

ths is just nice.. I wud love to have it with smeared sugar 🙂
hope u had a pleasant trip too..

Rohini February 25, 2010 - 10:01 am

Welcome back!
Puli Upma looks tempting.. I make small Kozhakattais out of the same batter, during Ganesh Chathurthi..
Would love to have it anytime 🙂

Padhu February 25, 2010 - 10:05 am

Hi Jayashri ,Missed your lovely comments.Hope you had a lovely time in India. Simple and yummy puli upma

Jagruti February 25, 2010 - 11:28 am

Glad that you enjoyed your stay in India!! puli upma looks delicious and tasty..never heard..tempting

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine February 25, 2010 - 1:33 pm

Thats a new dish to me…looks easy to make..

Meenakshi Sankaran February 25, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Welcome back Jeyammaa! Thinking about my mom's Puli upma makes me drool like my dog. It is my all-time favorite tiffin. I love your step-by-step picture instructions. Kalakku Jeyamma.

Laavanya February 25, 2010 - 2:45 pm

I love puli aval and mor kali and this seems to be a delectable combination of both.. can't wait to try… yummy.

A Homemakers Diary February 25, 2010 - 3:08 pm

hope you had a great time back home Jayashri. the upma is very new to me but this could be a life saver at times. perfecto picture.

SE February 25, 2010 - 3:21 pm

a very similar prep with besan is done !! this looks very tasty !!

Deepa G Joshi February 25, 2010 - 3:25 pm

we make something similar in my house out of bhajani (mix of many lentils grounded) but that is quite spicy..love this way of upma..yummy and tangy..bookmarked..will try once..


priya February 25, 2010 - 5:16 pm

upma looks really very nice and yummy…love to have this for breakfast!

simply.food February 25, 2010 - 9:53 pm

Upma looks delicious .

DEESHA February 26, 2010 - 5:35 am

puli upma looks delicious

Nostalgia February 26, 2010 - 2:02 pm

Yum.. this looks great.. I am quite a fan of upma

Pavithra February 26, 2010 - 3:03 pm

That looks so yummy … I love puli upma.. wonderful taste.. Hope I can get that plate now.. really I am hungry …

Gulmohar February 26, 2010 - 4:56 pm

Glad to hear that you had a fun vacation..
This is a new upma for me..thanks for sharing, Jeyashri 🙂

Siddhi S February 26, 2010 - 6:16 pm

wow this upma is new 2 me, looks delicious, thnx for sharing…hope u njoyed ur trip 2 india

Saraswathi Iyer February 26, 2010 - 10:16 pm

Nice recipe my family loves this. I made with Broken rice ydy for tiffen.

Usha March 2, 2010 - 8:12 pm

Simple and delicious, one of my favorites !

Nisha March 28, 2010 - 10:35 pm

Totally new recipe .Bookmarking this one.

Mythreyi Dilip July 18, 2010 - 1:27 am

Oh! this upma is really new to me, looks too good. Book marking it dear:)

Deepa Balasubramaniyan October 9, 2012 - 2:22 pm

i tried it today .it was tasty but couldnt break the lumps

Deepa Balasubramaniyan October 9, 2012 - 2:23 pm

i tried this today. It was tasty but couldnt break the lumps

admin October 10, 2012 - 7:38 am

Deepa it will take time and you have to break the lumps with the ladle . Good exercise for hands!!. But for all the pain we take in making it will taste awesome

Nithya May 5, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Hi Jeyashri, one tip on this pulima upma which i got from my sister. First fry the rice flour in pan for 2 mins without oil and then mix with tamarind water, it will not be so tough to mix and the upma comes very soft. I tried and it came yummy :)…

Vidya Garcha July 4, 2013 - 11:06 am

Great recipe, will try it for my Sons tiffin 🙂 have a look at my blog, I have posted some tiffin ideas too http://www.vslittleworld.com/2012/08/tiffin-ideas-for-preschooler-part-2.html

Uthra October 31, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Hi Jeyashri,
stumbled onto your blog while searching for badam burfi recipe; lovely blog and photos, you're doing a great job! Little tip: this upma can also be made with just curd or buttermilk, and this version is my all-time favourite.. on reading this I realized it's been such a long time since I made it! My mom used to call it 'pachamapodi upma', andit is an oily version of morekoozhu. BTW, the badam barfi turned out great, thanks.

Jeny Nsr November 12, 2013 - 9:46 am

very new upma for me. will try it for breakfast tmrw akka 🙂


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