April 16, 2013

Puli Aval / Gojju Avalakki/ Tamarind Poha / Huli Avlakki

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Puli Aval (Tamil : Puli - Tangy ; Aval - Beaten/Pressed Rice)
GojjuAvalakki (Kannada : Gojju- Tamarind sauce with spices ; Avalakki - Beaten/Pressed Rice)-- popular dish from Karnataka.

 A quick snack which can be made either for breakfast or evening tea time snack .Comes very handy even if you have unannounced guests who drop in suddenly.
This is my mom's recipe and I just love this. Since it is my favorite,it used to be a part of lunch box menu during school days. I had quite forgotten about this snack until one day when my mom reminded me of this yummy dish when I was asking her to suggest me a quick sumptuous breakfast.

**Picture updated on Oct 9 2021

Gojju avlakki is also prepared on festive days in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as an offering for the lord .  Puli aval is prepared during Navratri , Narsimha Jayanthy and  Krishna Janmashtami.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves : 2-3

Jain Version : Use roasted cashewnuts in place of peanuts.


1.5 cups thick poha /flattened rice
4-5 tbsp tamarind extract (soak tamarind in warm water and extract the juice)
1 tbsp sambar powder or rasam powder 
1 tsp grated jaggery
salt to taste
pinch of turmeric
For Tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp channa dal
1 tsp udad dhall
handful of peanuts/groundnuts
2-3 dry red chillies
curry leaves - few number
pinch of asafoetida


  • Wash the poha twice well under running water in clean the dust and unwanted particles.
  • To this soaked poha add tamarind water,sambar powder,turmeric,jaggery,salt and mix well with a fork.Rest for about 7-8 mins.Do not mix too much as it will break the poha.
  • If you need  a little more spice ,add in some more sambar powder according to your taste.

  • In a kadai/skillet,heat a little oil . First fry the groundnuts until the skin separates.
  • Next add the mustard seeds,as it crackles add channa dhall,udad dhall,red chillies ,curry leaves & asafoetida.
  • Add in the marinated poha and mix well and cook covered for about 4-5 mins.
  • Sprinkle some water lightly if the poha feels too dry.
  • Serve hot with some cool curd and roasted papads / potato chips.

If you like you may add a little grated coconut just before serving.


  1. Yummy ...I remember the taste..

  2. Your recipe is looks awsme, you give the easiest way to prepare this recipe, from your recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards, Poha


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