Friday, October 17, 2008

Spicy Thengai Aval

I had mentioned this aval when I posted the version made with jaggery... My MIL usually makes these two together and is one of my husband's favorite breakfast. During my recent trip home, I managed to pick up a pack of aval made with rosematta rice. These, beside having the earthy colour, also had the flavour of that rice that I love and were quite plump and yummy after soaking. I've used a combination of red and green chillies but it could be made with just one variety. This is very quick because it just requires a ground paste, tossed with poha and seasoned.


Aval / Poha (thick) - 1 cup
Onion - half of a small one, chopped (optional)
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida (hing) - a pinch
Oil - 2 tsp

To Grind: (with a sprinkle of water)
Coconut - 3 to 4 tbsp, grated
Red Chillies - 2 to 3
Green Chillies - 2
Garlic clove - 1 small
Tamarind - a small piece
Cumin seeds - half tsp
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste

1) If using plain poha (not the one with rose matta), just wash the poha, drain the water and set it aside for about 15 minutes and fluff. Rose matta however required more soaking.. so I let the water stay for about 5 minutes or so before draining and setting aside.

2) Mix the ground coconut paste with the fluffed poha, gently but uniformly.

3)Heat oil in a pan and add the seasonings : mustard, urad dhal, hing, curry leaves, once they splutter, add the onion (if using), and saute till browned. Then add the poha + paste mixture and saute on a low flame for a few minutes. Switch off, cover for a while for the flavours to come together, before serving.


  1. Wow this is a savoury aval, i have only had the sweet ones.

  2. Looks sooooo awesome...I have only had the sweet ones.Its new for me..

  3. absolutely mouthwatering!
    is this the same poha you mentioned a couple of posts ago?

  4. do post the tamarind one also please, whenvr you make it next

  5. This sounds so appetizing. Looks so good. Nice recipe. YUM!

  6. yummy .. my MIL makes this too N i just love it

  7. As you said... they are plump!!!
    I at first thought they were puffed rice, then had to read the write up to understand. Looks great!

  8. I have made sweet ones..this looks absolutely perfect for an eve snack!

  9. Looks spicy and tasty the tengai aval!

  10. hey laavs! i've had the jaggery ne before, but this sounds just as delicious! :-)

  11. I've used this variety to make pohe, it never used to be tasty enough till I realised I had to wash it more and leave it longer.

  12. I like aval too.:) My mom makes a version of your vellam aval which I love! I've only always made the Maharashtrian version of your savory aval.

  13. Aval looks spicy and coconutty good:)

  14. This is a new type of avul, haven't seen this type before.

  15. adding garlic should give this a very nice flavor.. poha is so versatile.. so far i have seen many variations.. one with veges, another with just coconut and green chillies. next time i will try adding garlic.

  16. As a sweet lover I made only sweet ones..Loooks awesome Lavanya.

  17. good recipe..will try it sometime..

  18. This poha variety is a healthier choice,I dint know any recipe other than payasam,thanx for this wonderful recipe!

  19. ooh, this looks so yum! I love spicy poha so much. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

  20. ooh! it looks yummy and it is perfect for rice/chapathi

  21. Looks really delicious...very good snack and breakfast!

  22. Was expecting this since you this version laavanya...:)

  23. Happy Cook.. i actually prefer savoury avals to sweet ones :)

    Thank you Sireesha.

    Delhibelle, sorry I couldn't get that tamarind aval posted yet. Will do that soon.

    Sukanya, thank you!

    Deesha, me too.. :)

    Anudivya, yes the texture of the rice carries through.

    Thank you sangeeth, Cham & JZ.

    Sra, true.. this requires a lot more soaking than the usual ones. I'm always a sucker for chewy texture.

    Thank you sunshinemom.

    TBC, I love the maharashtrian version too with the potatoes and a sprinkle of coconut and lemon juice at the end

    Thank you Yasmeen & MItr.

    Mahima, my MIL adds a clove of garlic to most things.. even when grinding for thoran. Try and let me know if you like it.

    Kamala, my husband's like you.. likes the sweet ones :)

    Thank you Sowmya.

    Raks.. oh you've had not had aval upma before?

    Me too Uma Thanks...

    Thank you Pavani, Indranee & Srivalli.

  24. I really like this.looks good.

  25. this is my iam planning to try your carrot corriander soup, it is tempting me still..

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  27. This looks an addictive snack.thanks.

  28. This aval looks plump and seems to have a better the recipe..will look for this type of aval to try :-)


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