Aval is a flattened rice which when soaked in water absorbs and bulges like rice. Aval / Poha is a famous breakfast item. They are soft and can be eaten uncooked with mixing sugar and coconut.

Aval Upma

Aval upma / Avalakki bath
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Serves: 2
  • Aval/ Poha/ Flattened rice - 3 cups
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Urad dhal - 1 tsp
  • Channa dhal - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 2 strands
  • Asefoetida - 1 pinch
  • Onion - 1 no
  • Green Chillies - 3 nos
  • Turmeric - ½ tsp
  • Peanut - ½ cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - 6 cups
  • Coriander Leaves - 2-3 tbsp
  1. Soak Aval in water for about 5 min and strain water in food strainer and let it drain the excess water by keeping it in strainer for 10 min. They turn in to a very soft and puffed rice. They should be used immediately else they become hard and the process continues once again soaking them in water. Chop the onion, tomato. Split open green chili. Dry fry the peanut in a pan in medium for about 5-10 min.
  1. In a nonstick pan heat oil. When hot, add mustard,urad dhal and Channa dhal. When the mustard splutters, add Asefoetida, curry leaves, green chili, onion, turmeric and little salt. Fry this till onion is translucent.Add tomato and cook till it is mashed up. Add aval and mix well. If required add salt to taste.
  1. Variations can be made by adding capsicum, peanuts and lime juice.

(*) Can be served with coconut Chutney.