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Rice noodles upma in Instant pot

Here is a neat and easy 5-minute upma recipe using Pad Thai Rice noodles. Upma is a classic South India tiffin (a light mid-morning or tea time meal) which is a standard go-to meal when you have nothing planned. Seasoned with lentils, upma is nothing but steam-cooked grains typically made with semolina or rava. How about making upma with a packet of Pad Thai noodles? It took all of 5 minutes in the InstantPot and came out amazingly good. I added 1 small potato, carrot sticks and green peas. Sprinkle a dash of curry powder and you have a full-blown meal instantly. Try it out and you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. 

Note – there may be some clumps of noodles which adds to the beauty of this dish! 

Rice noodles upma in Instant Pot

Here is a neat and easy 5-minute upma recipe using Pad Thai Rice noodles. 
Cook Time5 minutes
Resting Time5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Channa dal
  • 2 Red Chillies dried
  • 2 cups Pad Thai noodles dry, broken
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables Potato, Carrots, peas – diced
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • Salt


  • Start the InstantPot on SAUTE mode
  • Add the oil and mustard seed and let it pop
  • Add the urad dal, channa dal and red chillies and fry for 2 minutes
  • Add the noodles and roast lightly in the oil
  • Add 1 cup of water, add curry powder and salt and mix well
  • Set to cook for 5 minute under pressure
  • Once timer is done, let it sit for 5 minutes
  • Release pressure carefully and mix light to combine, let sit for a few minutes before serving

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