Tamarind poha or Gojjavalakki or puli aval recipe – How to make tamarind poha recipe – Karnataka recipes

Tamarind poha is a tasty and simple snack or breakfast dish made with flattened rice (poha) and tamarind and mixed with spices.  This recipe comes in handy, when you do not have idli dosa batter or want to try a variety dish with poha.  Tamarind poha is also a healthy dish, as flattened rice is easily digestible, high in fibre and light on the stomach.  Do try this recipe which is not only nutritious but also can be prepared in less than half an hour.

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Prep Time : 10 mins

Cook Time : 15 mins

Servings : 3  persons

South Indian cuisine


Thick poha or avalakki or aval – 2 cups

Tamarind juice or water – 1 cup

Peanuts – 1/4 cup

Grated or powdered jaggery – 2 tablespoons

Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Sambar powder – 2 teaspoons

Gingelly or regular cooking oil – 2 tablespoons

A pinch of asafoetida or hing

Mustard seeds or rai – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chillies – 3 to 4 nos.

Urad dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Few curry leaves

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tablespoons

Salt to taste


Wash the poha and drain the water completely.  Set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan or kadai.  Add peanuts and roast till golden brown in colour.

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Keep the roasted peanuts aside.  To the same pan,  another tablespoon of oil and heat on medium flame.  Add hing, mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.  Then add cumin seeds and saute till light brown in colour.

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Add green chillies and curry leaves and stir well.  Then add tamarind water and cook on a low flame till the raw smell of the tamarind goes away.  (For tamarind water, soak a gooseberry sized tamarind in little water.  Then squeeze the juice and make it one cup of tamarind water).  Add turmeric powder and sambar powder.

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Cook on a low flame for another 2 minutes till the spices gets blended well with the tamarind water.

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Add the grated coconut and jaggery and give a good mix.


Add the poha and mix well.  Cook on a low flame with the pan covered with a lid for 2-3 minutes.


Once done,  finally add the roasted nuts and chopped coriander leaves.  Mix well again.  Switch off the flame.

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Yummy tamarind poha is ready to be served.



Gingelly oil gives a nice taste and aroma to the poha.

You can also use tamarind paste and make tamarind water.

Do not add more water for poha, otherwise it gets soggy.

Adjust the quantity of jaggery, tamarind and chillies as per your taste.

One Response to Tamarind poha or Gojjavalakki or puli aval recipe – How to make tamarind poha recipe – Karnataka recipes

  1. vinay bansal says:

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