Gojjavalakki/ Tamarind Poha

We Hindus fast on certain days of the calendar like Ekadashi the 11th day of the hindu fortnight (Krishna & Sukla Paksha or the two weeks following new moon and full moon respectively), the fourth day of the fortnight also known as Sankasta Chaturthy, Srikrishna Janmastami, Shiva Ratri etc. Fasting like many parameters in our religion can take up different meanings, I guess mostly based on personal convenience! (This is the best part of being a Hindu, you define your religion and practices, very personalized) So fasting can mean anything between complete fasting, no food, no fluids to a semi-feasting which will include sweets, fruits and cereal preparations. Somewhere in between are special sweet and savoury fasting dishes make of Avalakki/Poha,, Semolina etc. The savoury ones generally do not contain either onions or Garlic but can be very tasty and flavourful. One such dish is Gojjavalakki. It is often served as a Prasada in temples in southern Karantaka

Shavige kaihalu

We will need

Poha 1 cup
Water 1 cup + a little more
Tili Saaru Pudi/ Sambar Power 1 tsp (adjust according to taste)
Tamarind extract 1 tsp
Jaggery 2 tsp grated (more if you like it sweeter)
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbsp
Dry red chillies 4-5
Curry leaves 8-10
Peanuts ¼ cup
Channa Dal 1 tsp
Urad dal 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds ¼ tsp
Hing a Dash

  • In a blender or a food processor, grind the Poha into a coarse powder. Set it aside.
  • Combine water, Tili Saaru Pudi, tamarind extract, salt and jaggery. Mix well thoroughly. If you have problem dissolving the jaggery, just pop the mixture into the microwave for about 20 seconds and it will dissolve in a jiffy. Taste the mixture. The balance of flavors should be right. Adjust the ingredients accordingly.
  • Mix the coarse Poha powder in the mixture. Set it aside for at least 15 minutes.Once the Poha powder has absorbed all of the mixture, fluff it up with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Throw in the mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves and the chillies. Once the spluttering stops, throw in the peanuts, channa dal and urad dal.
  • Once the dals are fragrant and golden brown, throw in the fluffed up Poha mixture. Give it a good toss. Cook for a few minutes and remove from heat.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature with a dollop of thick curds


Chitra said...

My MIL makes this.I love it ..Nice post :)

Nithya said...

Mom makes something similar to this.. I just love it.. :) Nice pics and yeah you rightly said abt the practices. lovely clicks.

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Suparna said...

yummm..the click looks great! I love this preparation!I just perfected it recently,thanks for ur version :)

Suparna said...

yummm..the click looks great! I love this preparation!I just perfected it recently,thanks for ur version :)

Recipeswap said...

Thats a great click nice and bright.Love poha -savory or sweet.

Lakshmi said...

We love to eat this for bf,lunch, dinner ..love it soo much. LOoks delish in the pic

Uma said...

yummy dish :)

Sanghi said...

yum yum dish!!

Sudhir R said...

I love this, you know Jelabi and Poha is the favoured breakfast in the Malwa region, I love to have it there, photographs great

Panchpakwan said...

looks so delish..nice click

Malar Gandhi said...

Lovely clicks, love the food too, interesting!:)