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January 12, 2013


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Aval lemon - bowl

This is a simple & healthy breakfast recipe which comes to my mind when I run short of idli/dosa batter.
I make this at least once in a week either for breakfast or for dinner. We like this very much. We usually have this topped with sesame oil. I learnt this recipe from my MIL.It can be made in jiffy..If u want to make it fluffy , please add the water quantity which I mentioned in ingredients. Add more water to make it mushy.

  • Thick Aval / Thick poha – 2 cups
  • Lemon juice – 4 tbsp ( adjust acc to tanginess of lemon)
  • Water – 1.5 cups
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafetida / Hing – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
To temper
  • Sesame / gingelly oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 2 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
Coriander leaves – To garnish (optional)
  • Wash the poha once or twice to remove the debris and drain the water.
  • In a wide bowl take the poha & add lemon juice , salt , turmeric powder , hing and curry leaves. Add the mentioned amount of water ( OR ) water to soak the poha (  i.e the level of water should be 1/2 inch above poha)..Let it soak for 30 minutes.
  • Then in a kadai , heat oil and temper with the above given ingredients in the same order.
  • Finally add the soaked poha and mix well using a fork like ladle to avoid turning mushy. Cover & cook for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot. Add sesame oil before serving and enjoy!!
aval spoon

  • Sesame oil is a must for this recipe as it gives a nice smell & taste to this recipe. It is also good for health.
  • U can also add roasted ground nuts for crunchy taste while tempering.
  • Please adjust the amount of lemon juice based on the tanginess of lemon. U can always add any time (even after cooking) if u require.
  • It will be initially tangy to eat but it levels down after it is warm..
  • Adding coriander leaves is completely optional.

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divya said...

Mmmm! these look so delicious.

Rumana Rawat said...

Love the color and looks delicious..

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious aval looks wonderful

Priya Suresh said...

Never get bored of this delicious and tangy poha, inviting.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

My favorite recipe. Normally I make it for dinner. Nicely done !!

great-secret-of-life said...

my favourite.. looks so yumm

Sangeetha Priya said...

quick breakfaast recipe, yummy!!! Happy pongal to u n family!!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

quick and delicious recipe... love it...

Shree Kannepadi said...

My fav snack as well as breakfast dish..

Vikis Kitchen said...

Poha lemon rice looks very nice. Happy Pongal dear!

Unknown said...

Your recipe is looks awsme, you give the easiest way to prepare this recipe, from your recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards, Poha