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Murmura Upma

Murmura upma is puffed rice sautéed with onions, green chilies and garlic. A quick, scrumptious, vegan, gluten free, under 20 minutes snack.
Course Breakfast, Evening Snack, Light Meal
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 563kcal
Author usha


  • 1 Big Bowl or a Pot
  • 1 Strainer or a Colander
  • 1 10" Frying pan
  • 1 Wooden Spoon or a Spatula


  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 5 Curry Leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Jeera ~ Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 3 tablespoons Peanuts
  • 6 Green Chillies, chopped
  • Curry Leaves
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves crushed, approximately 2-3 tsp
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt to taste
  • 10 cups Murmura or Puffed Rice
  • Lime Juice optional
  • Cilantro chopped for garnish


  • Do the prep work; chop onions, cut green chilies and crush garlic.
  • Wash murmura and squeeze all the water from it and keep aside.
  • In a pan heat oil, add jeera and mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds start spluttering, add peanuts and lightly roast.
  • Then add green chillies, curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
  • Now add onions and saute until onions are translucent.
  • Add crushed garlic and saute for few seconds.
  • Add turmeric, salt and mix well.
  • Add the washed murmura and stir fry.
  • Stir fry for a few minutes, about 3-5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add cilantro and serve immediately.
  • You can squeeze some lime juice,, if you wish.



  • Tomatoes - For a variation, cook chopped tomatoes until mushy and then add washed murmura. This gives mamra a tangy flavor.
  • Veggies - Add some chopped carrots and green peas to increase the nutritional value. You can add these veggies once onions are soft.
  • Tip - Do not leave washed murmura for too long. Cook it right away. 5-10 minutes is ok. Leaving it for too long could result in a soggy upma.
  • Nutrition - Values listed below are approximate. 


Serving: 200grams | Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1331mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 24mg