Friday 9 December 2016

Red Aval Kozhukattai Recipe/Poha Kozhukattai/Sigappu Aval Kaara Kozhukattai/Red Aval Spicy Kozhukkatai /Flattened Rice Kozhukattai

We are always looking for some healthy, easy and quick evening snack for our kids and family members. Here’s one such delightful, healthy and tempting evening snack I would like to share with you all. It is none other than Red Aval Kara Kozhukattai. This kozhukattai is totally an irresistible and healthy recipe which you should never miss to try. Before going into the recipe, let me share a few things about Poha/Aval.

Poha/Aval is flattened/beaten rice. Rice is first parboiled, then flattened by pounding to remove the husk and dried. The drying process takes about 2 days. During this process partial fermentation takes place thereby bringing forth probiotic bacteria [which help in absorbing nutrients in the gut] and all the B-Vitamins.

Parboiled, flattened dried Red Rice is red poha/red aval. Red Rice is a concentrated source of nutrients such as vitamin E, folic acid, thiamine magnesium and zinc. They are also rich in fibre and manganese and aids in easy digestion. Red Aval  has all the nutrients present in the red rice and also is packed with iron which is essential for growing children, pregnant and lactating women. It is very low in gluten content. Using red poha/aval is beneficial in diabetics due to the slower release of carbohydrates due to all the nutrients present in it.

Ok friends, having shared a few things poha/aval [info:google,Wikipedia and other sources] I would like to move on to the recipe. Do try out this wonderful Red Aval Kara Kozhukattai which can be served as lovely evening snacks or as healthy breakfast and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Aval Recipes and Kozhukattai Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Red Aval Kozhukattai with step by step photos…

Red Aval/Poha
2 cup
Coconut Gratings
1  cup
As needed

For Tempering
2 tsp
Mustard Seeds/Kadugu
½ tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam
½ tsp
Bengal Gram Dal/Kadalai Paruppu
1 tbsp
Urad Dal/Ullutham Paruppu
1 tbsp
Green Chillies
2-3 finely chopped
½ inch piece finely chopped
Curry Leaves
8-10 chopped
Asafoetida Powder/Perungaayam/Hing
One big pinch
Preparation Time: 5 minutes + 10-12 minutes to make Kozhukattai
Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
Serves: 5-6
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Red Aval/Poha/Flattened Rice

Wash the poha/aval and drain the water. Add clean water to poha/aval and soak it for about 25-30 minutes.

After 30 minutes.

Drain the water completely from the poha/aval if any.

Add salt to the poha/aval and knead it well. Keep it aside.

Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, then add urad dal, Bengal gram dal and fry until they turn light brown color.

Now add chopped green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and fry well. Now switch off the stove.

Add grated coconut to the poha/aval.

Then add the tempering to the aval.

Mix everything with hand really well to make the dough.

Take lemon size dough and make oval shape kozhukattai. Arrange them on a greased idli plate and steam cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Yes, delicious, healthy and tasty Red Aval Kara Kozhukattai is ready to be enjoyed.


I have not added onions to make this kozhukattai, you can add 1 finely chopped onions to when you are doing the tempering.

Adding chopped cashew nuts  when you are tempering also gives added taste to the kozhukattai.

Serve this wonderful delicacy as evening snacks or for breakfast. They are good all by themselves, but if you prefer you can serve it with any spicy chutney of your choice.

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  1. This is such an interesting idea! Never seen this use of poha!
    Keep in touch


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