Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Aval (Poha) Kozhukattai /Flattened Red Rice Dumpling- A Spicy version

                               All of the sudden there was a heavy rain, last evening. The rain made the evening gracious. Decided to do something spicy and hot, which will be more soothing for the rain. And also, I was not ready to miss pleasing climate. Poha is always the optimum choice, when we want to do something fast and taste should also foolproof. Was stocked with some Red Poha (Flattened Red Rice) and yes made some spicy dumplings.

                              Poha/Flattened rice has many nutritional benefits: packed with iron, good for diabetics, good source of carbohydrate and so on. Red poha is more healthy than the white poha.

Prep time 15 mins 
Cooking time 5 mins                 
1 cup Aval(Red)/Poha/Flattened Rice
1/2 cup Coconut Grated

As per Taste Salt

To Temper
1 tbsp Oil

1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Bengal Gram Dal
2 tsp Urad Dal
1-2 nos Green Chilies/ Dried Red chilies
2 pinch Asafoetida
1 spring Curry Leaves (Chopped)


1) Soak the poha for 10-15 minutes. In medium flame, add oil followed by mustard seeds, once it splutters, add bengal gram dal, urad dal, green chilies and curry leaves one by one. Once done set it aside.

2) Once the poha/aval is soaked, knead it to make a dough. Add salt and asafoetida to it.


3) Now add the tempered items along with the kneaded poha. Add the grated coconut also and knead well, so that they are spread uniformly.

4) Check for salt. Now take some dough(say lemon size) and make oval or round shaped kozhukattai/dumplings. 

Grease the idli plate/idiyappam plate and steam cook it for 5 to 7 minutes.


5) Now your simple, aval kozhukattai is ready. 


  • One cup of poha when soaked will increase in amount.
  • If the poha is thin need not soak it for 10-15 minutes, five minutes would be enough. Else it would turn watery.
  • You can also use blender/mixer grinder for kneading. Kneading/Blending should be coarse and not very fine.
  • Adding of asafoetida without sauteing can also be done.
  • I added chopped cilantro/coriander leaves, as I was out of curry leaves.
                                     Healthy, simple and foolproof aval kozhukattai/flattened rice dumplings goes with kara chutney, coconut chutney. Without chutney, still it tastes yummy.


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