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May 7, 2011

Spinach Poha / Poha With Spinach / Aval Upma with Palak

Poha / Aval Upma is our favorite breakfast. Like me my kids also love Poha Upma, so I make this quick and easy to make upma often for our breakfast or for evening snack. I had very little quantity of spinach sitting in the fridge after using some for ragi keerai pakoda. I don't know what to do with the very small quantity, Suddenly a thought came why not to add it in my simple poha upma and thus this Spinach Poha Recipe and we all loved it. It turned out to a healthy and yummy breakfast. I served spinach poha along with coconut chuntey. So next time when you make poha upma try adding spinach or any available greens. Definitely kids will love to have them for a filling and healthy breakfast. Now to the recipe...
Preparation Time : 5 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes
Serves   2 generously
  1. Poha    1 and 1/4 cup (use thick variety)
  2. Spinach    1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  3. Carrot   1 no.(finely chopped)
  4. Onion   1 medium(finely chopped)
  5. Ginger   1 tsp(finely chopped)
  6. Green chilli    3 no.(coarsely ground or finely chopped)
  7. Curry leaves    few
  8. Cashew nuts   6-7 no.s
  9. Chana dal     1 tbsp
  10. Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
  11. Salt    to taste
  12. Oil    2-3 tsp
  • Wash Poha and drain water and keep it aside. 
  • Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds when it splutter add chana dal and cashew nuts and fry till golden brown. 
  • And add curry leaves, ginger and coarsely ground or finely chopped green chilli and finely chopped onions and saute for a minute. 
  • Then add finely chopped carrots and stir fry for 1 minute then add washed and finely chopped spinach and mix well. 
  • Then add the drained poha,turmeric powder, enough salt and mix everything well and lastly squeeze some lemon juice and mix well. 
  • Healthy and yummy spinach poha upma is ready to serve.

You can also use dry red chilli instead of green chillies.
if you want very soft poha then after washing soak it with enough water for 2 minutes and then drain and use it in the recipe.
Chop carrots finely so that it gets cooked but bit crunchy, no need to steam cook or microwave carrots. just stir frying is enough.


  1. The upma looks delicious I loved the idea of adding spinach to upma.Happy mothers day to you.

  2. Havent tried making poha with spinach but this dish is very healthy... Will try it next time when i make poha

  3. Lovely way to sneak in green veggies in the poha...absolutely wonderful recipe.
    Happy Mother's Day...enjoy a fun filled day with your kiddos.

  4. Healthy and yummy poha. Happy Mother's Day!
    kurinjikathambam, Event: HRH-Healthy Summer, Roundup: HRH-Puffed Rice

  5. Nice idea adding spinach! A very yummy dish for breakfast!

  6. Nice way of incorporating spinach. Looking good :)


  7. Different one,looks tempting..must try it!!

  8. Happy Mother's day to you. Delicious and colorful looking poha.

  9. wat an idea the idea of adding spinach to it!!!!!!!!

  10. thats nice to add spinach to it.. healthy idea..

  11. Delicious entry, light and tasty one for sure.

  12. Healthy n different style of cooking with poha:)

  13. Delicious-- I used ghee and mustard oil to sauté- Great mix of warm and dry flavours- bit of crunch in the channa daal- Over here in Scotland- thanks to good Asian shops- this was a treat
    -Keith Mitchell- Dunfermline- Fife


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