Breakfast, Poha

VIDEO RECIPE – Mysore Style Gojjavalakki Recipe | How to make Gojjavalakki | Tangy tamarind Poha

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What is flattened rice / Poha?

Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain. 

It is known by a variety of names: Poha or Pauwa in Hindi, Baji in Newari, Pohe in Marathi, Chindé in Bengali, Chira in Assamese, Phovu in Konkani, Chudaa in Oriya and parts of Bihar and Jharkhand, Atukulu in Telugu, Bajeel or Bajil in Tulu, Chudwey in Urdu(Dakkani), Aval in Malayalam and Tamil, Avalakki in Kannada, Pauaa/Paunva (પૌંઆ) in Gujarati, and Chiura (चिउरा)in Nepali, Bhojpuri and Chhattisgarhi.



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Soaked Sweet Poha or Vella-aval (as called in Tamil) was thick mixed with grated jaggery and freshly coated coconut spiced lightly with elaichi  (cardamom) powder was a yummy staple food offered on Krishna Jayanthi festival at my grandma’s. Similarly savoury Microwave Poha Chivda  or the mahashtrian Patal Pohyachi Chivda  is a favourite snack for the young and old alike at home! 

We use the ingredient Poha / Aval /Avalakki a lot in our breakfast menu, adapting it to the following varieties of poha (also the name of the dish) based on the region / cuisine. 

What is Gojjavalakki / Puli Aval ?

Puli Aval (Tamil: Puli – tangy, Aval – flattened rice) OR Gojjavalakki (Kannada: gojju – tangy sauce made of tamarind, avalakki – flattened rice) is a snack that can be prepared very easily either for breakfast or evening snack. We even have this for dinner with sweet curd, and the carb requirement are well taken care of. If you are like us, we love to have this for breakfast also sometimes 🙂 

This is my mom’s recipe again, and she is a pro making this in a jiffy! 



Preparation time: 15 mins ;  Cooking time : 10 minutes ; Serves : 2 generously


  • Poha / Avalakki / flattened rice / Aval – 1 cup
  • Mysore style Rasam powder – 2 tsp (click here for the recipe). If you don’t have Mysore Style Rasam Powder, you can sub with Sambhar Powder. 
  • Salt – 1/2 TBSP
  • Jaggery – 2 tsp
  • Thick Tamarind extract – 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Broken Red chillies – 1 or 2
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Peanuts – 2 tbsp
  • Optional for tempering – Urad Dal 1/2 tsp

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Gojjavalakki | Puli Aval Upma | Tamarind Poha

Gojjavalakki or Tamarind Poha is a quick, No Onion No garlic Gluten free breakfast or snack from Karnataka cuisine.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • Kadai
  • Ladle
  • Bowl


  • 1 cup Poha / Flattened Rice / Aval / Avalakki Use only thick variety
  • 2 tsp Mysore Style Rasam Powder Click for recipe
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp Grated Jaggery
  • 1/4 cup Thick Tamarind Extract Sub with 2 TBSP tamarind paste diluted with 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Raw Peanuts Can use Toasted too
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal


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    • Thick poha / flattened rice is used in this recipe
    • Use of Jaggery is optional but recommended as it balances out the tanginess and spice beautifully
    • One may also pulse the dry poha slightly (just 1 pulse) before using it in the recipe. 
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    1. I love tamarind rice. Never thought of making poha in the same way. Your preparation looks so tangy and tempting.

    2. Vidya Narayan

      Humble poha elevated to a notch above with tangy and spicy notes from tamarind and the rasam powder. Absolute breakfast treat for the family.

    3. 5 stars
      This is a hugggeee favourite at our place! An easy poha recipe, yet one that is super flavourful. Makes for an excellent breakfast or light dinner.

    4. We make a similar dish very very often for breakfast. I liked how you spiced it up with rasam/sambar powder.

    5. Wow that's so wonderful.. I would love to try this poha with tangy tamarind and spicy rasam powder.. what a delicious share Kalyani I am drooling

    6. thanks so much swati… do try it and am sure u wud love it…

    7. Mayuri Patel

      Tangy Tamarind Poha, wow, what a wonderful way to begin the day. One gets the required carbs along with the taste. Kalyani, as I was reading your post, was wondering why I've never thought of preparing poha without potatoes!

      • Thanks Mayuri- yes we make this so often, it becomes a heavy meal by itself sometimes in the evening, we often skip dinner altogether.

    8. mildly indian

      gojjuavalakki, wow so many years since I made this. This is coming straight on to this week. I just want to have it, no disturbances. Your recipe sure is a hit.

    9. Linsy Patel

      So its a tamarind rice flavor but in poha, awesome. its a delicious addition of the poha.

    10. Poonam Bachhav

      We love tamarind rice so I am sure this would be a hit at my place. Never thought of making tamarind poha though. Adding rasam powder or sambar powder sounds interesting !

    11. 5 stars
      Gojjavalakki has been a regular breakfast at my mom's place.Your recipe has motivated to try in my kitchen soon. Addition of mysore rasam powder is an awesome idea.

    12. 5 stars
      This gojjuavalakki looks delicious. I love tamarind but only use it in dalls or chutney. Not used it in cooking rice or poha. I am looking forward to trying this out.

    13. JollyHomemadeRecipes

      5 stars
      Poha with tamarind seems looks such lipsmacking and delicious. That’s a great idea, will try.super yummy & flavorful spread!!

    14. 5 stars
      Perfect Puli aval for my tastebuds. I love poha in any form and this lip smacking delicious tho is best.

    5 from 5 votes

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