Tuesday, April 23, 2013

RICE UPMA/ AVAL UPMA/ ಒಗ್ಗರಣೆ ಅವಲಕ್ಕಿ (Kannada language)

Flattened rice (beaten rice) is also known as aval, avalakki, atukulu in south India and is available in every Indian stores outside India. It is not other than Pohe, Pauwa or Baji in North part of India. This rice flakes, aval, will be swollen when added into water. This recipe can also be prepared, replacing poha/ flattened rice with Cuscus also. But flattened rice is more healthier and easy to cook, it is said as one of the convenient foods than bread. 

Flattened rice (medium sized) - 2 cup
Ground nuts/ peanuts - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 2 long slit
Coconut flakes - 3 tb sp.
Onions - 1 chopped
Tomatoes - 1 chopped
Coriander leaves 
Mustard seeds - 1 tb sp.
Turmeric - pinch
salt to taste
Oil- 4 tb sp. 

Soak aval in water for 5 minutes.
Heat oil, fry mustard seeds, turmeric, green chillies, peanuts, onions until it turns brown.
Continue adding tomatoes and cook it until soft.
Now add soaked aval and mix is softly, without smashing aval. Salt the dish as per taste. 
Add coconut flakes and garnish with coriander leaves. 
Once aval is cooked, keep it on low heat for 3-4 minutes to allow aval to spread out. 
Here, green chillies are the only source of hotness or spiciness in dish and coconut in the only source of sweetness. So add more coconuts.
Lime can be added to get a bit tangy taste if you like to.
You can also sprinkle pieces of muruku on top and serve it while hot.

Serves = 3 people
Cooking time = 15 minutes


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