Maramaralu Upma | Puffed Rice Upma | Pori Upma

maramaralu upma

Maramaralu upma, which is also known as mandakki upma, puffed rice upma, pori upma or puri uppittu is one of the puffed rice recipes that can be prepared very fast. If you are planning to make an instant breakfast or a light evening food, then the maramaralu upma is a cuisine that can meet your needs

The puffed rice is also known by such names as uggani, buggani, vaggani or borugula upma.

The puffed rice upma needs only the everyday ingredients. What about the taste? It is excellent. Add vangi bath powder and roasted sesame seeds powder to scale the taste of this food even higher.

Garnish the dish with coriander leaves and fresh coconut gratings and with a few drops of lemon juice to add another tasty dimension to this instant upma.

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Servings: 2 to 3


1. Maramaralu / Mandakki / Pori / Puffed Rice 4 cups
2. Oil 1-and-1/2 tablespoons
3. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
4. Groundnut 1 tablespoon
5. Channa dal 3/4 teaspoon
6. Urad dal 1/2 teaspoon
7. Jeera 1/2 teaspoon
8. Curry leaves 1 sprig
9. Green chilies, pieces, 2-3
10. Onion, chopped, 1/2 cup
11. Garlic 6-7 cloves
12. Turmeric 1/8 teaspoon
13. Vangi bath powder 1 teaspoon
14. Roasted sesame seeds powder 1 teaspoon
15. Coconut gratings 1-2 tablespoons
16. Salt to taste
17. Coriander leaves few sprigs
18. Lemon juice to taste

How to make Maramaralu Upma?

maramaralu upma video

1. Check for rice husk or burnt puffed rice and discard them.
2. Transfer the puffed rice to a big utensil.

Add about four to five cups of water.

Press and mix the puffed rice to immerse it in water.

If you use Mysore puri or thick variety puffed rice, soak it in water for about five minutes.
3. Remove the puffed rice from water and press the rice tightly to remove water.

If the water is dirty, use fresh water and repeat the rinse-remove-press steps.
4. Heat oil in a thick-bottom utensil till the oil becomes hot.
5. Add mustard seeds.

When the seeds begin to splutter, add chana dal and ground nuts.

6. Add urad dal and jeera.

Fry till the dals turn golden-brown.
7. Add green chilies and curry leaves.

8. Add garlic and onion.

Fry till the onion becomes soft.
9. Add turmeric, vangi bath powder and a few pinches of salt.

Fry for a few seconds.
10. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of water.

Mix and fry till the oil separates.
11. Add puffed rice and salt.

As some types of puffed rice already contains salt, keep a check on the quantity of salt you add.

Mix slowly.

Cook till the puffed rice becomes hot while mixing intermittently.
12. Add coconut and sesame seeds powder.


Switch off the stove.
13. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves.

14. Puffed rice upma or puri uppittu is ready.

maramaralu upma final

TIPS How to make Maramaralu Upma?
1. Add one teaspoon of roasted gram powder or ground nut powder when the upma is ready and mix to make the upma tastier.
2. Add cashew nuts, in Step 6, to make the upma more nutritious and tastier.