Light and delicious tiffin- Aval Upma

Light and delicious tiffin- Aval Upma June 6, 2018

It is such a simple dish that takes just 10 minutes to make. It is perfect for an evening snack with a cup of tea or for as a light tiffin. It is also very healthy and easy to digest.

Ingredients

Aval (Flattened Rice/ Poha) – 1 cup (You can make with white or red aval)
Onion – 1 (small – chopped)
Ginger – a tiny piece (about 1/2″ piece finely chopped or grated)
Green Chili – 1 (sliced)
Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves (Cilantro) – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Lemon Juice – few drops (about 1/2 tsp)
Salt – to taste
Turmeric powder – a pinch (optional)

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For Tempering

Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Peanuts (or Channa dal) – 2 tbsp
Asafoetida – a pinch
Curry Leaves – 5-6
Dry Red Chili – 1

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Method

Take the aval in a big colander or a sieve and wash it under running water.
Let it soak in that moisture for about 5-10 minutes while you get the other things ready.
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and peanuts. Roast it on low flame till the peanuts are roasted and mustard seeds finish popping.
Add the asafoetida, dry red chili and curry leaves.
Add the chopped onions, ginger, green chili and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute.
Add the soaked aval and mix. Sprinkle few drops of water if needed. Cover with a lid, reduce the flame and cook for 5-7 minutes. (Note : If you are using the thinner variety of aval, just cook for couple of minutes.)
Add the lemon juice, grated coconut and coriander leaves. Mix and switch off.

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