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Upminsinkai Aralittu, Jowar Popcorn Flour in a Curd Sauce
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Upminsinkai Aralittu|Salted Chilli in Jowar Popcorn Flour

Aralittu or jowar popcorn flour is a popular snack in Hubli-Dharwad region light on the stomach yet filling it is enjoyed by people of all ages.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Elvenses, Simple and Healthy Diet, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: Aralittu, Breakfast, Easy Indian Breakfast Dishes, Healthy Breakfast, Indian breakfast dishes, Salted and Sun dried Chillies
Servings: 2 people
Author: ArchanaPotdar


  • 2-3 upinmensinkai or chillies stuffed and dried
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
  • A pinch of hing
  • 2 Green chillies chopped
  • 1 cup curds
  • 1 cup water + a little more
  • 1- 1/4 cup Aralittu
  • Salt to Taste


  • Beat the curds with water. The curds must be smooth and there should be no lumps.
  • Break the upimensikai in smaller bits. You can use the full chilli too but then the oil needed to deep fry them is too much.
  • In a small kadhai/wok heat the oil.
  • Once the oil is hot fry the chillies till crisp on both sides.
  • Strain and set aside.
  • In the hot oil add the mustard seeds and let then splutter. Add the hing and switch off the gas.
  • Add to the beaten curds.
  • Add salt to taste stir well.
  • Now add the green chillies and the aralittu. Remember you can always increase the amount of flour. The flour absorbs a lot of liquids.
  • Adjust the seasonings, adjust the consistency of the flour.
  • Add the fried chillies, add coriander leaves. I have added some pumpkin seeds and sunflower seed and some red chilli powder too.
  • Enjoy with a beverage of your choice. Here I have served it with watermelon juice.