Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Avalakki / Poha ~ Savory Flattened Rice Snack

Avalakki, also called poha (Aval in tamil)  is a breakfast dish from Karnataka.  It can also be served as a quick snack.  I first tasted Avalakki at my friend Rashmi's home and instantly it has become one my favorite snack.  Thank you Rashmi for this wonderful and simple recipe.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 3
Thin Aval / Poha - 1 cup, white or brown ( I used brown poha)
Onion - 1, medium, finely chopped
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Green chilies - 1, finely chopped
Asafoetida - a pinch
Red chili powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Brown sugar - 2 tbsp
Shredded coconut - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Curry leaves - few, finely chopped
Oil - 2 tbsp

  1. Place poha in a large bowl.  Sprinkle little water and moisten the poha.  Make sure not the pour the water and make it mushy.  It has to retain the crispiness.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet.  Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  3. Add the peanuts, coriander and cumin seeds.  Fry for 2 minuted.
  4. Add the chopped onion, green chili, asafoetida and curry leaves.  Fry until golden brown.
  5. Remove from heat and add the turmeric and red chilie powder.
  6. Add this mixture to poha along with brown sugar, coconut and salt.
  7. Mix thoroughly with hand or spatula.  Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  8. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving to absorb all the flavors.

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