Pepper Poha/Milagu Aval - Breakfast Recipe

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, February 02, 2014

Aval/Poha/Flattened Rice flakes are the quickest breakfast option when you run out of any of your usual options. Deciding what to eat on a weekend morning is quite a bit of task for me atleast. Coz, everybody at home i need to make 3 different breakfast's for 4 people. yup, this weekend i actually made 4! :) Kuttu always wants something different from the usual, I don't  dare to make dosa's coz, i have to make sambhar, for which i m a bit lazy. So, i keep it simple for him either noodles or butter toasted bread. 
This weekend, i wanted to try this pepper poha/aval for us. I have made the same with rice for my hubby's lunch box, it was quite a hit. Since i m restricting my rice intake, i wanted to try it with poha. While making the spice powder, i made it a little extra and had it ready in my fridge, so it was very easy to make this, all i needed was to do was a tadka. Loved the taste of pepper, it was perfect for the chill weather we are experiencing now. Serve it with a simple onion raita or plain yogurt. 
Inspired from Aval Vikatan's Supplementary cookbook
1 Cup of Thick Poha/Rice Flakes
salt to taste

To roast n grind
2 tsp peppercorns
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp white sesame seeds(optional)
1/2 tsp flax seeds (optional)

1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp hing
1 tsp chana dal
1 tbsp broken cashews
  • Take Poha in a colander and wash it well under running water. This is to make the poha soft. You can also soak poha in water for 2 minutes and drain well in a colander. Keep it aside until use.
  • Dry roast the ingredients given under 'Roast n grind' and powder it in a mixer. i usually make a little extra quantity of this and store it the fridge, so this way can make it whenever i have some leftover rice or whenever i need some extra seasoning for any dry curries.
  • Heat oil given under 'tempering' in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds, add hing, chana dal and cashews and saute for a minute or until they change color. Now add the soft poha to this temepring and mix well. Add the ground spice mix, salt and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately with plain yogurt or onion raita.
Sending this to Cooking from Cookbook Challenge, happening +Srivalli Jetti.

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  1. wow, a very unique twist... will try for sure

  2. That's a good one Priya, never thought of making it with pepper..nice pictures..

  3. Pepper and Poha, an interesting combination.

  4. the spice powder must make dish so flavorful

  5. Very nice flavors going on, Priya :)

  6. Wow what a delicious poha. The pics make me drool.

  7. That is such a flavorful poha recipe. Great variation to regular poha, will try this sometime.


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