Courtesy: K. Raghunandana Prasad Venkatesh Narsipur The flat beaten rice called
Avalakki (poha or Aval) is used here. There are both the dry and wet varieties made
depending on the thickness of Avalakki (dry variety if it is thin).
250 gms of Avalakki (thick variety)
3-4 hasi meNasina kaayi (green chilies)
a handful of Kadale kaayi (groundnuts/peanuts)
freshly chopped kothumbari soppu (coriander leaves)
10-12 Karibevina ele (curry leaves)
handful of freshly grated coconut
1 teaspoon of Kadale bele’ (chana dal or bengal gram)
1 teaspoon of uddina bele’ (urid dal, black gram split)
half a piece of fresh green lime
1 spoon of mustard
Finely chopped onions (optional).
In a banale’ (kadai or wok) or aluminium pan take 2-3 teaspoons
of oil, keep it on medium fire. Put the mustard and wait till it starts splitting. Add Kadale’
bele’ and uddina bele’ and Kadale kaayi (groundnut/peanuts). Stir with a large spoon.
Reduce the fire to low and continue to stir till both Kadale and uddina bele’ turn golden
brown and groundnuts also turn brown. Add chopped green chilies and chopped coriander
leaves. Add a pinch of arishina (turmeric, manjal, haldi powder). If using onions add now
and fry. (If using dry grated coconut add it now).
In a separate vessel, wash the Avalakki well, by adding water, stirring and then draining
the water. Repeat this 2-3 times. Finally drain the water and add fresh water just sufficient
to immerse the avalakki. Add salt to taste and allow it to soak for 2-3 minutes.
Now, take the soaked avalakki by hand and squeeze it to drain out water completely, and
put it into the pan. Continue this process until all the avalakki is transfered to pan. Turn
around until the avalakki is mixed well. Add the freshly squeezed juice from lime. Turn
around and then add freshly grated coconut. Close the pan with a lid and turn off the fire
after 1 minute. ENJOY THIS LOW FAT BREAKFAST WHICH IS LIGHT ON THE
STOMACH AND TASTY TOO
P.S: The dry variety is preared the same way except that the thin avalakki is not soaked in
water but fried in oil directly. Consequently, lime juice and grated coconut are not added.
Instead, dried grapes (kismish or oNa drakshi) are often added. This is popular in coastal
Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra too.
There is an entirely different version of avalakki which is purely for munching. This is
called Avalakki puri. Depending on ones taste either puffed Avalakki or simply puri (muri
or puffed white rice) is used. Even puffed rice available in cereal boxes can be used for
this. To prepare this munching the procedure is simple and is as follows:
In the pan keep 4-5 teaspoons of oil, add mustard and wait till it splits.Reduce the heat, add
4-5 pieces of broken red chili, add pieces of dried coconut (kobbari) or a handful of dry
grated coconut. Add a pinch of hing (asafetida), a pinch of turmeric. Add two handfuls of
groundnuts, also add a handful of huri-Kadale (bhunja chana or puri-kadala). Add a handful
of fresh curry leaves and turn around frying till they become crisp. Stir well and finally add
the puffed rice (puri or avalakki puri as the case may be). Turn around for a minute and
switch off the fire. Mix with salt to taste and allow it to cool, before storing in a box. It
makes a tasty, crispy munch anytime, which can be stored for well over a fortnight.