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Mandakki Usli served on a brown plate garnished with coriander leaves and lemon on side
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Karnataka Style Mandakki Usli Recipe (Puffed Rice Upma)

Mandakki Usli Recipe (puffed rice upma) is a simple Karnataka style breakfast made with soaked puffed rice, onions, groundnuts and curry leaves and is typically relished along with Mirchi bajji and chai.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka, South Indian
Keyword borigulu, churmuri susla, gluten-free, mandakki usli, puffed rice upma, uggani, vegan
Diet Vegan
Method Stovetop
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 160kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml


  • Firstly, soak the puffed rice in the water for about 2 minutes. Then, squeeze out the water and keep the soaked puffed rice aside.
    **Note: Make sure it doesn’t soak much water and turn mushy.
  • Make a fine powder of putani/dalia split/fried gram and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in a Kadai. When it's hot, add peanuts and fry until golden brown.
  • Then add mustard seeds let them splutter. Next, add curry leaves, green chilies and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add onion, salt, turmeric, and saute for about 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Then add lemon juice and saute for a few seconds. Mandakki Oggarane is ready.
  • To the Oggarane, add puffed rice (make sure there is no water), coriander leaves, grated coconut (optional), and mix well.
  • Lastly add fried gram powder, sugar (optional) and toss everything well and turn off the gas.
  • Serve Mandakki Usli /Mandakki Oggarne/Uggani with Chilli Bajji and hot chai.


  • You can also add finely chopped veggies like carrot, beans, and capsicum to make it more healthy.
  • The secret ingredient to get an authentic mandakki usli/susla taste is by adding fried gram/putani powder. So dont skip it.
  • Taste also depends on the puffed rice variety and quality. I do not prefer using Mysore Mandakki for this recipe.
  • More the onion tastier the mandakki usli is.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Serving: 100gram | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.3mg