Aval upma is a simple, spicy, savory snack made with poha or flattened rice flakes, called "aval" in Tamil, along with peanuts, curry leaves, and other spices and seasonings. It makes a great coffeetime, or anytime, tiffin or snack.
Servings: 4 servings
- 2 cups aval (or poha or flattened rice flakes)
- 1 tsp black mustard seeds
- 2 dry red chili peppers
- 15 curry leaves
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 small onion , finely minced
- 2 potatoes , skins scrubbed clean. Cut the potatoes into a small dice and then zap them in a microwave with 1 tbsp water until the potatoes are tender, about 4-5 minutes.
- ¼ cup peanuts
- ¼ cup coconut milk (use coconut shreds if you'd rather)
- 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped, for garnish)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt to taste
Place the aval in a large colander and wash under running water for a minute. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and when they sputter, add the dry red chillies and curry leaves.
Add the onions and saute, stirring, until the onions begin to soften. Add the potatoes and stir to mix.
Add the peanuts and toss together for another two minutes. Add the coconut milk, mix, then add the drained aval and salt to taste.
Toss the aval and the vegetables together well and check for salt. Turn off the heat and add coriander leaves.
To serve, place in bowls and spritz with some lemon juice (in India, the aval is served with a little wedge of lemon on the side). Eat hot.
Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1089IU | Vitamin C: 106mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 6mg