Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Puli Aval

I am not a big fan of batata poha. It never tastes good when I make it and I have never had a good version of it. I am prejudiced towards Puli aval, an adaptation of poha made, Kannadiga style. It is just an easier version of tamarind rice and is a great brunch item or light supper dish.

Puli aval

2 cups thick poha
1-2 tsp any spice mix you have (I use sambar powder or rasam powder)
1.5 tsp tamarind paste
handful of peanuts
3-4 red chilis broken
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
few curry leaves
1 tsp sugar or powdered jaggery
salt to taste
water as needed
hing, a pinch

Take about 2 cups of water or buttermilk. Add the salt, spice mix , sugar and tamarind paste. Mix well. Add poha and soak for a 2-3 minutes. This depends on quality of poha. Thick poha in India can take soaking for 10 min or more. But in US it gets soft in 2 minutes...
If poha is not submerged fully, add a bit more liquid.

Pour contents into a strainer while you prepare tadka. Heat little oil. Add the peanuts and toast them a little. Next add the dals, chilis and mustard seeds and let mustard splutter. Add curry leaves and hing. Next add all the poha and saute till dry like upma.

Serve hot.


  1. oh yum... I've never made this myself. Thanks for the recipe, Mika!

  2. I'm addicted to batata poha, but next time, I will definitely try this delicious tangy version! Thanks for sharing!

  3. lovely healthy recipe ..Poha looks to have a sweet and spicy taste with tamarind and chillies...Thanxs for sharing

  4. Mika, was browsing through your wonderful recipes - this puli aval brought back memories: my mom makes puli aval and vella aval at the same time, she never makes one without the other - and it has stuck - i can't think of making puli aval without its companion these days :)

    i like your style of demystifying recipes and making them easily do-able at home.

  5. Hi Mika,lovely snack for anytime.YUM!! I used to make it in India.Here you do paper thin Avalakki,which becomes almost like powder.Thanks for tips.

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  7. I've not had poha in a long time, but am craving it now. Your's looks delicious and so does the choco-ricotta muffins mika.

  8. Dear Mika, Puli aval looks like a great brunch or dinner dish! This recipe sounds different and interesting. I normally soak it in plain water and the buttermilk idea sounds really good. I also enjoy soaking it in orange juice. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

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