Puli Aval is an easy & instant South Indian breakfast made with flattened rice or poha & tamarind. It’s authentic, traditional & tasty vegan snack recipe.
What to make for breakfast?
Every homemaker is troubled with this burning question every morning! Either the family is bored of eating the same old and cold breakfast every other day or there is no time to cook an elaborate meal on busy mornings or one has not really experimented with other snack options and still make the same recipes. But all said and done, skipping the first meal of the day is not a good idea. However, I would choose skipping breakfast rather than eating unhealthy breakfast foods. Trust me, having a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast can give you energy and prevent you from eating too much during the rest of the day.
Why is breakfast good for you?
Starting off the day with a full, nutrient-dense meal also allows you to keep making better choices throughout the day, including zapping those late-night snack cravings. Here are few tips that I follow when it comes to eating right. Its said that breakfast should contain at least 300-350 calories, and we should be chewing, not drinking, our morning meal. Include fresh produce in the meal. More produce equals more fiber, which can help us stay fuller, longer. Steer clear of sugary beverages like tea or coffee and if making a smoothie, try to not use honey or maple syrup. Try to also incorporate some kind of protein in the meal. And yes, please avoid processed foods at all cost.
The recipe I am sharing today with you is a traditional South Indian snack made with poha or flattened rice. I have seen my mom make it and I still follow her recipe. I remember the first time she made Puli Aval for us. I have always been a fan of the Maharashtrian Kanda Poha. It is an extremely popular breakfast/snack recipe. I would often ask her to make this dish for me and one day she made this South Indian version just to show me that we too had a traditional recipe with poha. I now love both these recipes and keep swapping between them. I recently got to know of another South Indian recipe with poha called Cilantro Poha. Be rest assured, I will share the recipe with you soon.
Puli Aval is one nourishing and flavorful snack which has a strong tangy taste, thanks to the tamarind. This recipe is very different to the Maharashtrian Poha and here is how. Wash the poha/flattened rice let it rest in a strainer. Add turmeric powder and tamarind paste over it. Lightly mix it with the poha so that the tamarind coats well with it. Keep it aside for now. Soak chana dal in a bowl of water for 5 minutes. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Once its hot, temper mustard seeds and once it begins to crackle, add urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, dried red chillies and peanuts. Saute 4-5 minutes and then add the soaked flattened rice along with salt. Give it a good mix and take it off the flame in 2-3 minutes. Puli Aval is ready. Simple and tasty! Enjoy this dish as an evening snack or for breakfast. It has a nice spicy and tangy taste.
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- 2 cups poha
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 3 tbsp tamarind paste
- 1 tbsp mustard seed oil
- 2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp urad dal
- 2 tbsp chana dal
- 5-6 curry leaves
- 3 dried red chillies
- 3 tbsp peanuts
- salt as required
- Wash the poha/flattened rice let it rest in a strainer. Add turmeric powder and tamarind paste over it. Lightly mix it with the poha so that the tamarind coats well with it. Keep it aside for now. Soak chana dal in a bowl of water for 5 minutes. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Once its hot, temper mustard seeds and once it begins to crackle, add urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, dried red chillies and peanuts. Saute 4-5 minutes and then add the soaked flattened rice along with salt. Give it a good mix and take it off the flame in 2-3 minutes. Puli Aval is ready. Simple and tasty! Enjoy this dish as an evening snack or for breakfast.
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Leftover Chapati Poha/Puffed Rice, Vegan Sabudana | Sago | Tapioca Pearls Khichdi Recipe, Steamed Bajra Muthiya/Dumplings Snack, Vegan Chettinad Corn Dhokla | Steamed Corn Cakes, Steamed Lentil Bafauri , Grilled Chickpea Tofu Fingers In Homemade Schezwan Sauce, Semolina Vegetable Bites, Bhelpuri- India’s Favorite Street Snack, Chickpeas Sundal , Lentil & Spinach Crepes | Moong Dal & Palak Chilla and Bread Upma are also some great snack recipes that you can try.