Aval Fry is a simple yet delicious healthy breakfast or snack dish made with beaten rice or rice flakes, grated coconut, sweetened with sugar, flavored with cardamom and nice aromatic taste from ghee (clarified butter). Aval fry is a sweet snack that is prepared in southern India especially in the state of Kerala.
Locally it is commonly known as Aval Nanachathu in Malayalam. Aval is nothing but the simple rice flakes also called as Pohe in Marathi, Chira in Assamese, Chudaa in Oriya, Poha or Pauwa in Hindi, Aval in Tamil, Avalakki in Kannada and Atukulu in Telugu and so on in different languages in India.
Flattened rice is dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes and when added to liquid they swell as they absorb water, milk or 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.
Aval or Poha is a versatile ingredient, easily digestible and can be prepared into a savory or sweet dish. They are normally used to prepare light and easy fast food snacks cooked in a variety of ways. Aval can be eaten raw by just immersing it in milk adding sugar and lightly fried nuts flavoring with little cardamoms.
The lightly fried variety is a standard breakfast in Malvaa region (surrounding Indore) of Madhya Pradesh. It can be reconstituted with hot water to make a porridge or paste, depending on the proportion of water added. In villages, particularly in Chhattisgarh, Poha or Chiura is also eaten raw by mixing with jaggery.
In North India, poha chudva is a popular snack similar to a delicious spicy mixture and fast to cook and a convenient food whereas poha upma is prepared almost very alternate day in south India. Other popular varieties are poha cutlets, poha mixture and kande poha etc. Most of these recipes are very simple and easy to make consisting of few ingredients that is available in every Indian home. They are delicious, crisp and light to eat. Traditionally this authentic dish is made with brown variety of poha but use can also prepare it with white poha.
Aval fry is one of the easiest tea time sweet snacks and a remarkable comfort food. The freshly grated coconut along with sugar and cardamom flavors is truly divine and soothing. In Kerala, ripe plantain or banana slices are added to this snack and eaten which enhances the taste and is nourishing and healthy.
The aval used in Kerala is not the white aval /poha you usually see in other Indian recipes. This brown aval is flattened brown rice and you will get it in the Indian stores, just look for “brown” aval. Generally the white aval will not taste as good in this dish. To prepare this delicious, yummy and comfort snack, firstly heat a kadai and dry fry aval till they become crisp. Add freshly grated coconut and fry till it becomes light brown in color and crisp. Add sugar and mix well.
Finally pour in some ghee (clarified butter) and keep stirring till it melts and spreads on the aval. This enhances the taste and aroma of the dish. Add little cardamom, mix and remove from fire. Allow it to cool and store in airtight container. This is an excellent snack and can also be carried if you are traveling out.
Do try this simple and fast to cook dish. Click on Aval Fry for detailed recipe. Tip: It’s better to use brown Aval/Poha and dark blackish brown Kerala style Jaggery instead of sugar for better taste. Brown rice flakes are very good for the people with Heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss, post-menopausal health. It is said that for this item there is no other healthy alternative. It is low in cholesterol, having high fiber, has high vitamins and minerals. It is full of different vitamins, iron and all the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids.