Sunday, May 31, 2020

Avalakki Upkari | Udupi cuisine

Udupi cuisine is a cuisine of South India. It forms an important part of Tuluva-Mangalorean cuisine and takes its name from Udupi, a city on the southwest coast of India in the Tulunadu region.

This Udupi style preparation of flattened rice is one of the easiest dish you make in less than 15 minutes.

  1. Thin poha/Thin flattened rice - 3 cups
  2. Onion - 1 small sized
  3. Green chilies - 2
  4. Dried red chilies - 2
  5. Peanuts - handful
  6. Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon 
  7. Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Coconut grated- 1/2 cup
  9. Cilantro/Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped
  10. Oil - 1 tablespoon
  11. Salt to taste
  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan and roast peanuts. Set aside. 
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of oil in the same pan and splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  3. Add slit green chilies, dried red chilies, curry leaves, salt and chopped onions. Saute till onions turn soft. 
  4. Switch off the flame and add poha, grated coconut, roasted peanuts and around 2 tablespoon of water. Mix well till everything is well combined. Check for seasoning and add more salt if required.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve. 

Note: Adding couple of tablespoons of water to poha will make it soft and easy to chew. 

I made this recipe as part of the "Shh Cooking Secretly" event. This is an event started by Priya of Priya's Versatile Recipe and now being taken forward by Mayuri of Mayuri's Jikoni.  At the beginning of the month a theme is chosen by one of the participants and all the participants are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are suppose to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month. 

This month's theme is "Udupi Cuisine" and it was chosen by Jayashree Trao of "EverGreenDishes". My partner for this month is Aruna SarasChandra and she shared Green chilies and Coconut as my secret ingredients and I shared her Fenugreek and coconut as her ingredients. She made Udupi Saaru, an Udupi style preparation of Tomato Rasam. Do visit her blog "Vasu's Veg Kitchen" to find this  recipe.


  1. This is a milder vesrsion of poha we usually make. I like the addition of coconut which must be adding to the simple flavours.

  2. A simple and easy poha . I think the use of thin poha with very little cooking is the highlight here . Should try it soon

  3. I love the addition of grated coconut in poha.. a delicious and so easy and quick breakfast dish.looks so good.

  4. Anu what an interesting way to prepare poha. I've not tasted avalakki upkari but definitely would love to try out the recipe.Easy and quick breakfast. Would it be better to wet the poha first?

    1. Thanks Mayuri ji. Since we are using thin poha, we just need to add couple of tablespoon of water. Adding more will make it soggy.

  5. The Avalakki Upkari sounds so flavourful and lovely! Such a simple recipe, which can be put together in bare minutes. I'd definitely love to try this out some time. Don't you need to wet the poha first?

    1. Thanks Priya. We just need to add couple of tbsp of water and the moisture from the coconut will make the poha soft.

  6. Avalakki Upkari sounds like a simpler version of Poha that we eat regularly. It is no doubt a nutritious breakfast that can be made in a jiffy. Loved addition of coconut here.

  7. Avalakki upkari looks very tasty and easy to prepare poha recipe with easily available ingredients. Loved its color, we can have it anytime. Fried ground nuts on top is my fav :)

  8. Wow this is an interesting recipe and I like that it needs so less cooking too. Generally we make poha but with the thicker variety. This is good

  9. Delicious breakfast. We make something similar to this but the addition of coconut is interesting. Will try sometime.

  10. This is different way of making upkari, I must make it sometime. It is good for a quick snack in the evening.

  11. Avalakki Upkari looks delicious. A perfect light snack for evening hunger pangs.Addition of coconut nhances the taste.

  12. Such a easy and quick breakfast option. I make it in the same way and would love to enjoy with lots of coconut. Looks so delicious.

  13. Forevery I loved this as a quick summer breakfast. Since it is no cook, loved in the hot swaety summer.