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Puli Aval | Tamarind Flattened Rice

Puli Aval Upma is easy and quick breakfast/dinner recipe prepared with Aval and tamarind. Tamarind Flattened rice can be prepared within 10 minutes. Tiffin like this is perfect for busy morning. It can also be prepared as a prasadam for Krishna Jayanthi and Siva Rathiri.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Thick Aval/Poha flattened rice - 1 cup + 1/4
  • Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
  • Coriander powder - 1/2tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/8
  • Roasted peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • To temper:
  • Sesame Oil -1/2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Split Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1 tsp
  • Asofetida - generous pinch
  • Curry leaves - few


  • Add tamarind pulp, salt, turmeric powder to aval and pour hot water till it is well immersed; let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Strain it in a colander; spread it in a plate and fluff it well
  • Add oil and when the oil becomes hot, add the ingredients under "to temper" and let it splutter. Add the roasted peanuts and give a quick stir
  • Add turmeric power, coriander powder and cumin powder; stir it for a minute
  • Add the poha to the tadka; mix well


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  1.  Red Aval can be used instead of White, but it takes more time to become soft
  2. Onion, ginger -garlic paste can be sauted after tempering
  3. Tamarind extract can also be added to cooked aval. After tempering add cooked aval and tamarind extract; cook till the raw smell goes off
  4. I have used thick tamarind extract. Tamarind water extracted from small gooseberry size can be used instead
  5. If you are using thin Flattened rice cooking time may vary
  6. I forgot to add curry leaves while taking pics
  7. Adjust the tamarind according to the tangibles you like
    8. I used store bought thick tamarind pulp
    9. Pulikaichal can be used for making puli Aval. Just mix 2 tablespoon of taste to the Aval and di gentle mix. Let it sit for atleast 2 hour then enjoy
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