Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Aval Upma / Poha

Poha, a very common breakfast in North India. Mostly in Maharashtra, Gujarat etc, you mostly get only Pohas for breakfast in most of the hotels. Poha is Beaten Rice in English. Its very easy and very simple and mostly liked by many. Many a times I make it for night dinner also.

Here is a Wikipedia explanation for Poha alias Aval in Tamil.

Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain.
This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across Nepal, North East India and Bangladesh, and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food in a variety of Indian cuisine styles, some even for long-term consumption of a week or more. It is known by a variety of names: Poha or Pauwa in Hindi, Baji in Newari, Pohe in Marathi, Aval in Tamil,Chindé in Bengali, Chira in Assamese, Phovu in Konkani, Chudaa in Oriya, Avalakki in Kannada, Atukula Poni in Telugu, Pauaa/Paunva(પૌંઆ) in Gujarati, and Chiura (चिउरा) in Nepali, Bhojpuri and Chhattisgarhi.

It is a very versatile dish, add or remove the ingredients according to your tastebuds.


Poha - 3 cups (Choose a little thick Poha and not the very thin ones)
Onion - 1 small
Halved Green Chillies - 2 to 3 
Tomato - 1 big
Grated Carrot - 1/4 cup
Grated Potato - 1/4 cup (wash it in water after grating it)
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 t.sp
Mustard - 1//4 t.sp
Urad dal - 1/2 t.sp
Channa dal - 1/2 t.sp
Peanuts - about 1/2 a handful 
Curry Leaves - 4 to 5 leaves
Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves for Garnishing
Lemon Juice - from 1 lemon
Sugar - 1 t.sp


Cut all the veggies as required.  Keep all the things ready. 
Wash lightly the Poha in a colander by showing it under running water for a few seconds only.  Don't  over do it. Keep it aside, let the excess water drain off. 
Heat oil in a kadai, add in the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, Peanuts, turmeric powder. Fry for about 1/2 a minute. 
Toss in the onion and green chillies. 
Once the onion becomes translucent toss in tomatoes. Stir a little and add some salt. Cook in medium flame. 
After the tomato has let out its juice and is fully cooked add in the veggies. Keep stirring till the veggies are almost cooked. 
Adjust the salt, according to your taste. 
Add the sugar and stir for a minute. 
Separate the washed and drained Poha with your hands and add them to the kadai. Mix well in slow flame. 
Add the lemon juice and mix well. 
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.

You can also use veggies like Peas, Cauliflower, but cook them in salt water before using them. In the end if you like you can also add fresh grated coconut for garnishing.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Microwave Easy Cooking (MEC) Event - Calcium Rich Food Announcement

MEC Event was a long awaited event by me to host it at Kitchen Chronicles here. At last have it here for this month. Thanks a lot to dear Srivalli for this opportunity, who had started this great event. I have chosen the theme Calcium Rich Foods.

We all know to some extent that Calcium is very important in our day to day food. But how much is it important is the question. It is very important for growing children and also equally important for all the adults, men and women. So we give a lot importance for calcium in our foods. But for this calcium to be absorbed in our body we need an essential Vitamin i.e. Vitamin D.  So we have to give importance to both Calcium and Vitamin D. You can find some information on Calcium here. Please go through it since it gives a lot of vital information.

Since this event is specially for Microwave Cooked Foods, cook up some special Calcium Rich Food or Vitamin D Rich foods in your Microwave. Post the recipe and the instructions in your blog.Then send it to me @kitchenchronicles1(at)gmail(dot)com along with a picture attachment (essential).

Now here are some points to be remembered. 
  1. The dish should be completely cooked using Microwave only, no cooking or preparation should be done on stove top.
  2. The entries should compulsorily be linked my announcement page i.e. here and to Srivalli's MEC post. (
  3.  Multiple recipes are permitted.
  4.  Recipes submitted to other events are also permitted.
  5.  Recipes from archives are accepted ONLY if updated as current posts.
  6. Use of logo is very much appreciated. 

Non-bloggers, please send your entries with your recipe to me kitchenchronicles1atgmaildotcom.

Last but not least the last date to receive entries is 31st May, 2011

Here is a link to help you all to cook some mouth-watering Calcium Rich Dishes. Please note that the dish should be cooked 100% using Microwave only. So please all of you cook up some, easy and fast Microwave Calcium Rich recipes and send them to me before 31st May.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palada Payasam

Happy New Year to all the Tamilians and Keralites. I am writing a post almost 4 months after the English New Year. I made Palada Payasam for this new year.

Please check @Classic Chettinadu Kitchen for the Recipe.


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