Friday, January 23, 2009

Huli or Gojju avalakki (Beaten Rice in Tamarind Sauce)

One more beaten rice recipe that can be prepared & consumed on Ekadashi (11th day of new moon or full moon). On this day, our holy books advise us to observe fast. Scientifically also, it is good to fast once in 15 days as it helps to detoxify & cleanse our body. So, as part of this year’s resolution, I thought of observing fast on Ekadashi. Beaten rice, saabudana could be consumed on such days, that is why I normally prepare huli avalakki, avalakki bhath, avalakki oggarane, mosaru avalakki on such days.

Needless to mention, yesterday was ekadashi & it was huli avalakki or gojju avalakki at our home. For me gojju avalakki is literally, mix gojju with avalakki & it is ready. My granny & my mom prepare awesome gojju (puliyogere mixture). I just use the same thing for preparing this dish. For people who don’t get that puliyogere mix, they could buy MTR or for that matter any puliyogere mix & prepare.

Language Translations:
Kannada : Avalakki
English : Beaten Rice
Hindi : poha
Tamil/Malayalam : aval
Telugu: atukulu
Tulu : Bajil

(PS: In the above taken picture, I have skipped making the beaten rice a course rawa part as my blender was out of order & prepared without breaking the beaten rice)

2 cups beaten rice
1 tsp seesame seeds
1 tbsp puliyogere gojju or 1.5 tbsp puliyogere pudi
1 cup water
3 tbsp grated dry coconut/copra/kobbari
Salt according to taste.

For tempering:
1 tbsp oil
8-10 cashewnuts (optional)
1 tbsp groundnuts
1 tsp urad dal/black gram dal
½ tsp mustard seeds
6-8 curry leaves
1-2 broken red chilli
Generous pinch of hing

  • Wash the beaten rice 2-3 times thoroughly in water. Drain the water immediately & spread it on a broad plate (Water should be removed as much as possible, else it would become soggy).
  • Once the beaten rice becomes completely dry, make a very coarse ( big rawa like mixture) of the same (each grain should just be broken into 2-3 pieces) The broken poha should look like cracked wheat.
  • Add salt, puliyogere mixture, 1.5 cups of water to a bowl & mix it well.
  • Sprinkle this water over the broken beaten rice. Mix it well. Repeat the procedure until the beaten rice is 80% moist. Let it soak for 5-10mins (ensure that the whole mixture donot become soggy). Add 1-2 tsps of the mixed water (if required)
  • Meantime, dry roast the seesame seeds & make a coarse powder of it. This could be also added as is (so choice of adding the seesame powder or seesame as is, is individual’s choice)
  • Prepare the tempering. Heat oil in a pan, when oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add urad dal & fry till it turns golden brown. Add peanuts, cashewnuts & fry till they are golden brown. Add broken red chilli, curry leaves & hing.
  • Pour this tempering on the soaked beaten rice.
  • Add seesame seeds, dry coconut.
  • Mix well & serve it.

alas!!, how can I forget the award I received from AniSheetu of "sweety-mykitchen".Thanks a lot, these awards mean a lot to me. I'm happy to pass these awards to Smitha of kannadacuisine, Deesha of VegetablePlatter , Notyet100 of asankhana, Ramya of maneadige, LG of TasteOfMysore

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