Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Southekayi Avalakki (Cucumber Flavored Rice Flakes)

True! Even I had never heard of such a recipe too earlier, before I saw this on Madhuri's blog. But it sounded so, so good and easy. I made this quick dish for breakfast (with a little modifications)on a hectic weekday morning and we all loved eating it. Thank you for sharing this recipe Madhuri! The taste of the cucumber in the poha is so very refreshing, specially in summer. This is now one of the regulars on our breakfast 'menu'. Try this out and you are sure to see yourself making this often.

  • Rice Flakes / Poha (medium thickness variety) – 4 cups
  • Cucumber- 2
  • Green Chillies – 2 nos (finely chopped/slit)
  • Coriander/Cilantro – a sprig, finely chopped
  • Curry Leaves - A few
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal - 3/4 tsp
  • Channa Dal - 3/4 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Cooking Oil – 2  tsp, more to suit your palate
  • Grated Coconut for garnish - 2 tablespoons
  • Grated Carrot- 1/4 cup                                                                                                               Procedure
  • Wash, peel and grate the cucumber.
  • Soak the rice flakes (dry, without washing) in the grated cucumber. This is what lends the dish its flavor. Mix the dry rice flakes and grated cucumber well, so that all the poha is soaked in the grated cucumber.
  • Set aside the poha-grated cucumber mixture for about 10 minutes, to allow the poha to soften. Take care not to soak it for too long or it may become soggy. Bear in mind that the poha will soften further when cooked.
  • Once the poha is soaked, heat oil in a wok, add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add the urad dal, chana dal and the hing. Saute for a minute.
  • Add the curry leaves and green chillies, saute for a few seconds.
  • Now, add the soaked poha, salt and sugar and mix gently. Fry for 3-4 minutes till the raw fragrance of cucumber is gone.  Add the grated carrot grated and coconut and fry for a minute.
  • Remove from flame, garnish with finely chopped coriander/cilantro, and serve hot! Enjoy!!!


M D said...

Hey Suma, this is new to me too. Cucumber soaked in poha, a nice thought. This poha is surely different.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thats a nice twist Suma. And yeah, you cannot miss the refreshing taste the cucumber lends, right?
Glad you liked it!

Suma Rowjee said...

It is very tasty and different.Do try it out Mallika!

Suma Rowjee said...

Very very refreshing indeed! Lovely taste right Madhuri?

Deepa G Joshi said...

hey cucumber flavored poha..that sounds great..too good recipe and a change from the usual poha..

Suma Rowjee said...

Yup, and we need as many varieties as possible of this handy staple!

Suparna said...

hi suma,
this is new to me :) sounds like a nice twist to the avalakki :) will try it sometime.

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pierre said...

hello suma
nice rice recipe thanks for the sharing !! Pierre the french foodie in Paris

Divya Kudua said...

Cucumber and Poha sure sounds like a creative combo..:)

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roma said...

This sounds like a great idea! I will surely try soaking poha in cucumber next time.

Anonymous said...

mom! it was great when you gave it to aditi and me.