Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vellam Aval

This Vellam (jaggery) a.k.a Sweet aval is something that my MIL makes for breakfast along with a spicy-coconutty version and my husband loves them both. This is very different from the ones that I grew up with because my paati would make a puli aval upma where the aval (beaten rice flakes) is soaked in tamarind water and then mixed with seasonings and finely chopped shallots - I simply loved that. Thanks to a neighbour who lived in several parts of N. India (because her dad was in the Indian army), I got to enjoy bowlfuls of Batata Poha as a kid. I must say that the savoury versions of aval are my favorite but the sweet aval also makes an apperance every once in a while at home because of my husband's sweet tooth.

I added some crushed ginger to the jaggery syrup because I think ginger & jaggery work well together but that is entirely optional and not something my MIL does. The ghee also is not a necessity and it tastes just as good without it.

VELLAM AVAL


Ingredients:
Thick Aval / Poha (Beaten Rice flakes) - 1.5 level cups
Jaggery - 6 small cubes, crushed
Ginger - half inch piece, crushed
Cardamom - 1 or 2, powdered
Water - 1 to 2 tbsp
Coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp, grated
Ghee - 1 tsp (optional)

Method:
1) Wash the aval and drain almost all the water (1 or 2 tsp at the bottom is okay). Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes and fluff it gently. It would've softened by this time.

2) In a saucepan, add crushed jaggery, ginger and 1 or 2 spoons of water and allow to melt on a medium flame. When it has melted completely, allow to boil for a few minutes and pour through a sieve & discard the impurities, if any.

3) Return to the sauce pan, add the aval and gently fold (a silicone spatula works great). Finally add the grated coconut, sprinkle the powdered cardamom and ghee, if using and switch off the stove. Sweet aval is now ready to serve.

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32 comments:

  1. I make with sugar instead of jaggery..Looks healthy Lavanya

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  2. I too make this with sugar and little milk..Will try the jaggery version sometime

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  3. I never had this one :) Looks quick sweet treat

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  4. That is so simple. How can I not make it now... sigh!

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  5. Seriously, I was debating a lot about whether to put it up in the first place! Then I gathered the courage to post the drawing. I am almost done, and somehow I am the one who is still laughing.. The horses just dont seem right to me. They look so wierd. LOL

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  6. I am with you on the savoury pohas Laavs, but I will make this sweet version for my kiddo.
    Do share your paati's puli aval upma recipe, I have never tried it and it sounds so delicious.

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  7. seriously jeeves would love this too...i am like u laav..prefer the salty to the sweet :)

    Rajitha

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  8. I've not had too many aval dishes and haven't even heard of this!

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  9. ehhehee...I made this for Janmasthami yesterday. I love it :)

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  10. I too make this janmashatami..though this time I made adding sugar and nuts for a change..i love this jaggery version anytime..

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  11. we too make the same thing .. adding cardamom & ginger is now to me.. looks lovely

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  12. I never had this one . Looks quick and delicious sweet.

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  13. Me too make this with liitle milk and jaggery, urs look amazing, yummmmm!!!!

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  14. mmm....must be tasting delicious! I love the addition of ginger in this...mus be giving it a nice kick.

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  15. delicious sweet treat with poha! thanks for the simple, yummy recipe Laavanya!

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  16. v too make it the same ...but did not tried adding ginger..will try next time....and also the spicy aval adding coconut,green chilli and salt...tht too taste amazing..

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  17. i have posted an almost similar recipe except that i don't add ginger.. interesting..

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  18. You are rocking lavanya, with such nice traditional sweets.. :) This is a new recipe to me, but can feel the taste from your picture..

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  19. Thank you Kamala and Divya - sugar and milk must make for a nice combination too.

    Cham - it sure is. Thx.

    Thanks divya :) Am glad you posted - can't wait to see when it's all finished.

    Delhibelle, that is my absolute favorite.. will remember to take pics next time and post it.

    Rajitha - :) How have you been?

    Sra, my MIL makes it more often than my mom.. is a yummy breakfast option.

    LG - what a coincidence. Thanks for dropping by.

    Sowmya - haven't tried adding nuts that must give it a nice crunch too.

    VP - they just give it a nice touch... :)

    Thank you Sireesha, Madhavi, Tee & Uma.

    Suma - yes that one is really good but don't make it very often since it needs a lot of coconut! :)

    Nags, i like the touch it gives.

    Thanks Sujatha.

    Kitchen flavours - i'll check it out.

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  20. d-lish! like jaggery based dishes :) did u say ghee is optional ;)

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  21. a small treat for u in my blog..collect it soon :)

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  22. I love vellam aval. It's so simple to prepare, and tastes delicious!

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  23. Vellam avul is a new one for me, I too, am familiar with puli avul- good one.

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  24. Never knew there is vellam version of aval too...this is interesting..

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  25. Hey lavs thats my fav one :),but use sugar and omit ginger...I am gonna try this...lovely..and one of friend came to ur blog from mine itseems and yesterday she cald me up and said that u have very good recipe collection and it seems each and every recipe tempts her to make it...Good job yaar :)

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  26. Nice one laavanya. I prefer this to our regular kesari. Viji

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  27. I never knew one can make with jaggary too! I make with sugar but thats more a payasam right...but nice one..will try it sometime..but do share your puli poha..that sounds interesting!

    Abd thanks for the support laavanya..

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  28. Looks delicious...I just made vellam aval last weekend, although I prefer the savory version of it too:)
    Looking forward to seeing your version (or rather your paatti's) of puli aval :)

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  30. looks yummy... whoa!tempting to eat from ur plate itself.......

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  31. looks delicious... tempting to eat from ur plate itself...... whoa....

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