Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Aval upma

Aval is malayalam/tamil name for flattened rice (also called beaten rice), also known as avalakki in kannada. Atukulu in telugu and poha in hindi.. The dehusked rice is flattened into flat light dry flakes, the thickness of which can vary from paper thin variety to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain. Its a convenience food as this can be eaten even raw by immersing it in plain water or milk, with salt and sugar to taste.

A numerous variety of dishes can be churned out of this simple ingredient. Of all the dishes that can be made with this, I am presenting here aval upma, one of the easiest of all. It can be had as breakfast, dinner or a tea time snack. Irrespective of the time you prefer to have it, one thing is sure....you will just love this comforting goodness.


Aval-1 1/2 cup (medium thickness)
onion-1 small chopped
tomato-1 chopped (optional)
green chillies-1 slit lengthwise
ginger-1/4 tsp chopped
Dry red chillies-1 broken into pieces
urad dal/moong dal -1 tsp
(uzhunnu/cherupayar parippu) 
Channa dal (kadala parippu)-1 tsp
Curry leaves-4
coriander leaves 1 tbsp
oil-2tbsp
salt

Wash aval properly. Soak it in water for 3-5 mins. Drain out the water. Take a handful and squeze out excess water. Do this until all aval has been squeezed out. it will be softened by now. Add salt as required to aval and mix well. Keep it aside.


Heat oil in a wide pan. Add mustard seeds. When it pops, add the dals and dry red chillies. Wait until it turns light brown. Then add chopped onions and saute it for 2-3 mins.When it turns transparent, add chopped ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. if you are using tomatoes, add them at this stage. Fry them all together for a couple of minutes. Finally add the salted aval and mix well. keep frying for another 5 mins. switch off the stove, adjust salt and garnish with coriander leaves.

I like to have it with steamed plaintains (ethakka/nenthrapazham) which makes it very sumptuous.


Tips:

1. You can make the aval more colorful by adding a pinch of turmeric along with onions.
2. Adding fried peanuts and fresh coconut in the end gives it a nice crunch,flavor and a
    coco-nutty aroma.
3. you can make it more nutritious by adding grated carrots, thinly chopped beans, 
    capsicum or any veggies.
4. If you are using thin aval, do not wash or soak. Just sprinkle some water and mix it 
    with salt.

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