September 1, 2010

South Indies: Gojjavalakki

Today is Krishna Janmashtami & you can have a look at my Krishna here. All the worshipping was done by my family & the eating was done by me :)

Krishna

I made Gojjavalakki for Janmashtami today .. Its mandatory that you make a dish out of Poha today as Lord Krishna loves Poha. And, did you know, out of superstition, most people never say No, when you offer them poha as, it may displease Lord Krishna :)

Gojjavalakki/Huli Avalakki is crushed poha spiced with Rasam powder & tempered with groundnuts & red chillies. This is very easy to put together. You just have to wait for the poha to soak up the spiced water. I usually soak the poha in the spiced water at night & set aside. The next morning, all I have to do is some tempering. That way, it just takes abut 5 mins.

Though Gojjavalakki is prepared during festivals, it makes a great breakfast dish.

Gojjavalakki

You Will Need:
  • 1 Cup Poha - Thick or Medium variety
  • 2 tsp Rasam powder - Home made or any other brand. MTR works great
  • A small piece of jaggery
  • Tamarind extract from a lemon sized tamarind ball
  • 1 tbsp seasme seeds - roasted & powdered
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 red chillies - broken
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • A handful of groundnuts
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
  • Salt as per taste
  • Cooking oil
How to:
  • In a pan, dry roast poha until slightly warm. Transfer to a mixer & pulse the poha for a couple of times so that it is crushed coarsely. Do not make it into a fine powder.
  • In a vessel, take a little more than 3/4th cup of water, Add Rasam powder, tamarind extract & jaggery. Mix well & allow the jaggery to dissolve completely.
  • Add this water to the poha mixture, little at a time. Mix well such that no lumps are formed. Set aside for about 15-20 mins. The poha would have soaked up all the water & should be crumbly. If there are any lumps, separate them with your fingers. It should look like Rava.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai, splutter mustard seeds. Add groundnuts, red chillies, curry leaves. urad & chana dal & allo them to slightly change colour. Add poha, sesame seeds powder, Salt & a tbsp of oil & mix well.
  • Keep mixing over low heat for about 3 mins.
Transfer to a bowl & serve with yogurt. Enjoi !!!

NOTE:
  • I used thin variety poha today. If you are using the thick variety, you made need a little more water. But I really does not make any difference in the taste
  • Grated dry coconut can be added instead of fresh coconut. But I personally prefer using fresh coconut
  • A tsp of roasted cumin & pepper powder can be added towards the end. I usually do not add this.
  • Gojjavalakki is a dry dish so, it pairs well with yogurt.

32 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow this is totally new to me....I too made aval payasam but posted rava laddo in my blog :) Pics are too gud

DEESHA said...

Thanks Sharmilee .. thats very quick ..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks wonderful...
Happy Janmasthami...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

krishna looks so beautiful. happy krishna jayanthi!

Paaka Shaale said...

Hey Deesha,

Your krishna looks very good.And so does your gojjavalakki. Even I made gojjavalakki, mosaravalakki and sihi avalakki. But I could not post the recipes as I'm not keeping too well. Hopefully I will be able to do that next year. Happy Janamashtami to you dear!!!

Satya said...

deesha ur krishna so divine ...happy krishnastami to u n ur family dear ...thanks for sharing this prasadam ,which is very new to me but looks

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com
gr8

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Happy Janmasthmi Deesha ! Love your krishna...wow ! never knew make poha on asthmi..we normally fast...on ashtami ! prasad looks so yummy, my DH thought it's gajar ka halwa:)

DEESHA said...

Thanks everyone

@Jagruti: Thanks. We normally don't fast on ashtami but we dont eat rice, onions & garlic. LOL abt Gajar ka halwa

The color of this dish depends on the brand of Rasam powder you use. Mine is home made, so this orange color :)

Rachana said...

Happy Janmashtmi, Deesha! I love the Krishna idol. Its beautiful.

This is a very new dish to me and I must say that it looks very tempting!

Aparna S Mallya said...

Beautiful pics!

meeso said...

Beautiful color!

Madhavi said...

Happy Janmasthami to you too :)) Gojjavalakki looks good!!

Kairali sisters said...

new to us..looks great...

Madhuri said...

Fav of Lord krishna. May lored krishna bless you with lots of wealth, health and peace in life.
happy Krishna Jayanthi!

aipi said...

Krishna idol is beautiful..Happy janmashtmi to you n your family dear!!
The recipe is new to me..looks awesome:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

lovely photography!! The recipe also sounds good!

Kalyani said...

lovely picture ... Happy Janmasthami .....

notyet100 said...

happy krishna ashthami,.will try this looks so yum

Sush said...

Happy gokulastami.At my home, it was nippattu, avalakki payasa, kodbale & godi shira. Could not prepare gojjuavalakki as my mixie was not working :( Wish I could grab it from your picture :)

Sush said...

Happy gokulastami.At my home, it was nippattu, avalakki payasa, kodbale & godi shira. Could not prepare gojjuavalakki as my mixie was not working :( Wish I could grab it from your picture :)

Pavithra said...

Happy Gokulashtami and the first picture is awesome.

Vasavi Suresh said...

Your gojjuavalakki looks simply superb. By the way happy krishnashtami to you too.

jayasree said...

This is a new kind of recipe with aval. Different from the tamarind aval we make. Looks interesting and delicious. Gorgeous clicks.

Priya said...

Very different dish with poha, beautiful clicks..

Shama Nagarajan said...

new recipe..thanks for sharing

Nithya said...

Happy Janmashtami to you too :)

Lovely clicks. They are so divine. I love your version of poha too :) yummy it looks :)

Yummy Team said...

Happy Janmashtami!! Gojjavalakki is new to me, looks amazing!!

Padhu said...

Nice recipe and clicks

Vidya Sury said...

Hey really enjoyed browsing your blog and am looking forward to receiving the updates!

My stomach's growling at all the yummy pix!

Arch said...

Your krishna idol is beautiful ! And gojjuavalakki...so long since I had it...a friend is office used to bring it pretty often and we loved it...must make it...missed visiting your blog for a long time now...lovely recipes have been added...

Red Chillies said...

This used to be one of my favorite when I was in Bangalore, but DH does not like it much and hence lost touch making it. Looks delicious, and apt one for Janamashathami.

Indie.Tea said...

I've never had it...but the dish looks amazing! And so pretty.