Flakes Upma


    Little millet flakes  1 cup
    Cumin powder  1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp
    Salt  as needed
    Sugar  1/2 tsp
    Oil  3 tsp
    Onion  2
    Carrot  1/2
    Green peas  1/4 cup
    Red chili powder  1 and 1/4 tsp
    Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
    Turmeric powder   1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp
    Peanuts  3-4 tsp
    Lemon juice  1 tsp
    Coriander leaves  to garnish
    Coconut  to garnish (optional)
     Sev   to garnish (optional) 

Method with step by step pictures :

  • In a wide bowl add the millet flakes and wash it nicely with water.
  • Drain the water completely.
  • Add little salt, sugar, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder to this washed millet flakes and mix well.
  • Keep this aside, always keep covered.
  • Chop the onions finely. I love my poha upma with lots of onions, so i added 2 onions.
  • Chop the carrots into small. And thaw the frozen peas.
  • In a pan add oil and add  the mustard seeds.
  • When it splutters add the peanuts and add the onions.
  • Saute it till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the red chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt.
  • If you like to garam masala add 1/2 tsp at this stage.
  • Mix well and add the carrots and peas.
  • Cook this for 5 minutes. Be careful not to burnt it. Control the heat.
  • Now add the millet flakes which we kept aside.
  • Mix well so that the masalas and the veggies get mixed with the millet flakes.
  • Let this cook for 3-4 mins in low flame.
  • Put the flame to low and add the lemon juice.
  • Mix well.
  • Cook for a minute and switch off the flame.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and add the chopped coriander leaves, coconut and sev to this millet flakes upma.
  • Serve immediately.
  • This millet flakes upma tastes nice when served hot.


  1. No need to soak the millet flakes in water for sometime. Wash and drain the water and the waiting time to cook the onions and other things is more than enough.
  2. I used little millet flakes| samai aval, you can use barnyard millet aval.
  3. You can make the upma in the batata poha upma style.
  4. Pomegranate seeds can also be added in the last to the millet flakes upma.