Having spent many years in North Karnataka., some of the eating habits, the food has influenced me in many ways. Every once in a while I become nostalgic and thoughts wander to those growing up days in the small town , with simple earthy folks who believed in eating healthy and rustic food , I have to prepare a similar dish here in Cheanni and it keeps me bonded to my roots .
Jollad rotti, Avalakki, Hachida Avalakki, sheera, uppitu, and the myriad types of chatni pudis to go with these dishes, were some of my childhood favourites, Am ever so glad that my mom was the kind who would adapt and adopt the local cuisine beautifully and we would enjoy them to the core, reveling in their unique flavour and textures.
Another kind of Avalakki is basically prepared from thin paper like poha , the texture being very thin and broad, lending beautifully to make some crisp mixture or chooda like snack , tempered with green chillis, asafoetida, red chillis, curry leaves, peanuts, thinly sliced dry coconut pieces and a tinge of turmeric powder to lend a beautiful colour. Lots of gram dal , puttani/pottukadalai is added to make it healthy too. Just 2 or 3 tsp of oil is added for the tempering to the dish and the poha is nicely dry roasted first. Big steel dabbas/boxes are filled with this amazing, simple snack to munch on.Such a post is already included in this blog.Almost any family from this part of the state will offer the guest a plate of avalakki !!
This particular recipe that am now sharing below is another kind , using paper thin avalakki /poha/aval is used without roasting or frying, no cooking involved.
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 small garlic pods
2 small green chillis
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves.
Pinch of sugar ( optional )
salt to taste.
Pinch of turmeric powder.
2 tsp chatni pudi , recipe given below ( from Karnataka ) or else use the paruppu podi from Tamilnadu !
Grind coarsely fresh coconut with 2 garlic pods, green chillis , pinch of turmeric powder.
This dish gives a very good exercise to your jaws too, chewing slowly, thereby making you full by the time you finish one small bowl. so you wont eat anything for hours,this tastes something like the bhel, without the fried items like sev on it, you can add some peanuts to for a crunch.
Chutney pudi recipe
1 tsp cumin
4 cloves of garlic
3 tsp red chilli powder or dry chillies.
salt to taste.