Breakfast Basics -- How To Make Good Avalakki Oggarane | Poha (ಅವಲಕ್ಕಿ ಒಗ್ಗರಣೆ)

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Avalakki Oggarane or simple known as Avalakki (Poha) is one of the staple breakfasts in Karnataka. Its simple & quick & makes for an easy evening snack as well. This is also a staple in Maharashtra & popularly Known as ' Kande Pohe'  

In my household, We all love Avalakki & I mostly make this as a lazy Saturday breakfast since we all can leisurely enjoy second helpings as well 

Avalakki Oggarane Kande Pohe

Some Rules to help you make a Darn Good Avalakki/Poha 

How to Measure the Amount of Poha to be used ?

The general rule of thumb is to add 2 Handfuls of Dried Poha for every person. 

So, if I am making it for 3 people, I add 6 handfuls of poha & an extra handful, incase anyone needs some extra servings 

This rule has worked well for me so far & I never measure out Poha in cups 

Always Use Thick Poha/Gatti Avalakki/Jada Poha

Thick Poha always world best for this recipe. Incase, you cannot find thick Poha, use the Medium Variety but do not soak them in water, Rinse them under water & put in in a colander to drain 

Never using the Thin Variery of Poha for this recipe.

Add A Good Amount of Onions

Don't skimp on the amount of onions. Less onions will result in a relatively dry Poha & you may have to use more Oil & Coconut to compensate the flavor 

The onions should be chopped to medium size & not very fine 

Fry Peanuts First

A practice I follow whenever I add Peanuts to any dish is that, while making the Tadka, I first add peanuts into the oil & fry them for 3-4 minutes on low heat & then add the rest of the ingredients for the tadka. 

This ensures that the Peanuts have crisped up well & the other tadka ingredients like Urad & Chana Dal don't get over fried either

Adding Coconut is Optional

we enjoy a little bit of grated coconut in our Poha, but you can leave it out completely

Adding 1/2 teaspoon Sugar gives it a very good taste

I add half a teaspoon of Sugar while sautéing the Onions. This gives it a very nice taste.

Kande Pohe Ingredients

Let's Proceed to the Recipe

Serves 3 

 You Will Need:

  • 6-7 handfuls of Thick Poha
  • 2 medium sized Onions - chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons Raw Peanuts 
  • 4 Green Chilies 
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoons Urad Dal
  • 1.5 teaspoon Chana Dal
  • A sprig of Curry Leaves
  • 1/2  teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh Grated Coconut (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • Salt as per taste
  • Fresh Coriander for garnish
  • Juice of Half a Lime (Optional)
How To:

Soak Poha in Water & Drain 

In a wide bowl, take required amount of Avalakki/Poha & wash underwear several changes of water & soak in ample amount of water & set aside for 4-5 minutes

After 5 minutes, take out a handful of Poha at a time, squeeze out all the water & put them inside a colander for any remaining water to drain

Chop the Onions & Green Chilies 

Chop the onions, they should not to too fine either. Medium sized should be good.  Also, chop green chilies

Cook Peanuts first & then add the rest of the ingredients

Heat Oil in a thick bottomed pan, once its warm, add Peanuts first & on low heat, let it cook for 3-4 minutes until it becomes crisp

Add mustard seeds & let it splutter, add Urad Dal, Chana Dal, Green Chilies, Curry Leaves & Turmeric Powder & cook for a minute until the Dals crisp up & slightly change color 

Cook Onions 

Turn the heat to medium  high & add onions & add 1/2 teaspoon of Sugar & 1/2 teaspoon Salt & sauté until the onions turn pink 

Add Poha 

Add the soaked & drained Poha, more salt & another tablespoon of oil on low heat mix everything well.

Add Coconut (If Using)

Add grated coconut, mix well. Check for salt & add more if needed.

Garnish with Chopped Coriander

Add finely chopped fresh coriander & a quirt of lime if using & mix well again & serve Hot 

  Avalakki Poha

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