Atukulu (Telugu) aka flattened/beaten rice is known by a variety of names: Aval (Tamil and Malayalam), Avalakki (Kannada), Poha (Hindi), Pohe (Marathi). Preparation and cooking of this upma will not take more than 15 minutes. I learned this dish from amma. She used to prepare it for our evening snacks.
Atukulu (Poha): 2 cups
Onion: 1; finely chopped
Green Chilli: 3; finely chopped
Dry Red Chilli: 2 (Optional)
Peanuts: 1/2 cup (Optional)
Turmeric Powder: 1/4 teaspoon
Lemon Juice: 1 – 2 tablespoons (Optional)
Salt: as per taste
Oil: 1 tablespoon
Mustard Seeds: 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds: 1/4 teaspoon (Optional)
Urad Dal: 1/2 teaspoon
Chana Dal: 1/2 teaspoon
Curry Leaves: 1 twig
Coriander Leaves: 1 tablespoon finely chopped leaves
1. Wash, drain and soak atukulu for 3 – 5 minutes. Drain again and Squeeze excess water by hand.
2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom wok. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter and add the curry leaves, dals and peanuts. Saute till dals turn brown.
3. Add chopped onion and sauté till transparent. Add the chillis and saute for a minute.
4. Add turmeric powder and saute for few seconds. Add soaked atukulu, salt and combine well. Make sure there are no lumps.
5. Add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Combine well. Remove from heat and serve hot.