ajja avalakki – quick flat poha snack

every summer, we spent most of our time at my ajja’s place (mom’s dad). it was a ritual, that most evenings – he would take out a large parath and make this evening snack for us all. we got snack plates and complete access to the prepared avalakki. and man did we eat!  our entire family knows it as ‘ajja-avalakki’

the preparation is very easy and very very quick. there is almost no cooking. in fact – i think i ll make myself some right after i am done writing now 🙂

this recipe serves 2

flat poha – 2 cups  IMG_6346
onion – 2 medium finely chopped
green chillies – 3-4 finely chopped
rasam powder- 2-3 tablespoon or to taste
(ajji mane only please – the flavours need to be mind blowing)
sugar – 1teaspoon
salt – to taste
coconut – 1/2 cup grated or to taste
lemon juice – 1teaspoon or to taste
for tempering
urad dal – 1teaspoon
mustard seeds – 1teaspoon
curry leaves – few


1. prepare tempering of mustard seeds,urad dal and curry leaves.
2. add this to flat uncooked poha, along with all the other ingredients
3. mix very well – ajja always mixes this with his hand..crushing the poha, coconut and onion in the process – infusing the juices into the dry flat poha.


for those who have a taste for it, please use coconut or peanut oil for beautiful flavors instead of vegetable oil. 
add coconut gratings generously..it adds the needed juicyness to balance the dryness of poha


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