Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mosaru Avalakki (Beaten rice in yogurt)

This came as a total surprise.I did neither register for a poll nor vote for winning this Tote Bag. I was randomly chosen from the list of registered blogs at Foodie blogroll. This is the first gift Savi-Ruchi has received so far. I’m really happy & thankful to them.

(My son exhibiting Foodie blogroll's tote bag)

Thanks Asha for the wonderful TOFA (Token OF Appreciation). I have already written about myself here.

When I published this recipe using beaten rice, few friends of mine requested me to post mosaru avalakki(Beaten Rice in Yogurt) too. So, this recipe is for them & for all others who are interested. This dish is a “must to-do” on Krishna Janmastami as it is Lord Krishna’s favorite food.


Language Translations for beaten rice:
Kannada: Avalakki
Tulu: Bajeel/Bajil
Hindi: Poha
Tamil/Malayalam: Aval
Konkani: Phovu
Marathi: Pohe
Telugu: Atukulu
For other languages: refer here

Ingredients:
Beaten rice (Thicker version): 2 cups
Yogurt/Curd: 1 cup
Salt: According to taste
For tempering:
Oil: 1.5 tsp
Mustard Seeds: ½ tsp
Urad dal: 1 tsp (optional)
Green chilli : 1 (chopped)
Curry leaves: 4-5
For garnishing:
Grated coconut: 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves/cilantro: 1 tsp (finely chopped)

Method:

  • Wash the beaten rice in water 2-3 times. Soak the beaten rice in water for 5-8minutes.
    Drain the water. Add yogurt to the beaten rice & let it soak for another 10-15minutes. By now, beaten rice will become soft & spongy (firm yet).

  • Prepare the tempering, heat oil in a small wok. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add urad dal & sauté till the dal turns golden.Add curry leaves, green chillies & sauté for another 10secs. Turn off the heat & pour this tempering to the beaten rice-yogurt mixture.

  • Add salt, coconut, coriander leaves & mix well. Chill if needed.

  • Serve it with pickle or papad.

(In the above picture, top most: Avalakki bhath(Beaten rice bhath), right most: Halasina Happala (Raw jackfruit papad/fritters), Down: Mosaru avalakki)

Notes:

  • To make it more healthy, add some grated carrots, cucumbers or pomegranate seeds.

  • Some people also add, fried onions to this. However I refrain from adding them as I prepare this mostly on Ekadashi (11th lunar day of Krishna & Shukla Paksha of every month in the Hindu Calender)