Festival Recipes, Poha

Sweet Aval Pidi Kozhukattai | Naivedyam recipes | Gluten free snack

Aval / Avalakki / Poha (more so the Red variety) is high in B12 and Calcium. Eating poha on a regular basis can prevent iron deficiency or anaemia as it contains 20 mg of iron in every 100g raw rice flakes. We love Poha as an ingredient in most forms – Lemon Poha, Microwave Poha ChivdaDadpe Pohe, Vangi Poha,Gojjavalakki,Curry leaf pohaCurd PohaIndori PohaPatal Pohyache Chivda etc.

Today we use White Poha in this yummy steamed snack thats apt for Naivedyam for Ganpati or any festival, but Red poha works best . If the kids love sweet nibbles, then this is a perfect treat for their sweet tooth.


Adapted from Aarti’s recipe, made minor changes and the kids liked it. I made a small portion as I wasn’t sure if the kids would like it, and the elder one having a morsel quite declared it worthy of kid friendly :-))

Lets see how to make this..


Sweet Aval Kozhukattai | flattened rice steamed sweet snack

Prep time : 10 mins ; cook time : 10 mins ; Makes : 6-8 nos


  • Poha / Aval / Chooda / Flattened Rice / Avalakki- 1/2 cup
  • Jaggery – 1/4 cup**
  • Cardamom powder-a pinch
  • Fresh Coconut – 1/4 cup (or about 2 TBSP)
  • Water – 1 cup (I used a little less than this)
  • Ghee – 1 TBSP
  • Salt – a pinch

**This dish is very mildly sweet but we liked it that way. You may use 1:2/3 ratio of poha if you prefer it to be sweeter.



  1. Coarsely powder the poha. In a non stick pan, add the jaggery and half the water and gently simmer till the jaggery melts, strain the water and add it back to the pan if the jaggery has impurities (I didn’t strain as the quality of jaggery was good). 
  2. Now add the cardamom powder, ghee , a pinch of salt and bring to a rolling boil adding the remaining water,now add the powdered poha, coconut and stir vigorously till it comes together and leaves the sides of the pan
  3. With greased / wet hands, make Impressions with your fist (or Pidi) on one portion of the dough and steam in a steamer for 6-8 mins till they turn glossy. Serve warm or with a drop of ghee.



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  1. vaishali sabnani

    I have been looking for red poha but haven't found them here , i am sure the white ones too would work but red ones here look earthy and rustic . A very interesting and healthy sweet ,

    • I can get u red poha next time we meet ; if u have an authentic kerala store in ur city / locality, they would also stock this ; – good brands are "double horse" or even "nirapara"

  2. Gayathri Kumar

    This is one tasty kozhukattai. I am so tempted to try it today..

  3. MySpicyKitchen

    I need to look for this red poha. I hear that red poha is more nutritious with lot of iron in it. This kozhukattai looks tasty.

  4. Wow, feel like gobbling some, very tempting kozhukattais and my fav.

  5. I have red poha at home and I am sure I am going to make these this festival season!

  6. Red poha pidi kozhukattai awwwwww.. Need to try this.. good one kalyani.

  7. Suma Gandlur

    This sounds like my kind of dish, it being sweeter. I am counting calories these days but sure am going to try it.

  8. www.annapurnaz.in

    Healthy kozhukattai …my daughter will love them

  9. Very interesting sweet kozhukattai with poha. Will have to try this out some time.

  10. Sounds so good and interesting way to cook with poha..good one..

  11. Yummy kozhakattais with poha! Bookmarked

  12. Good one Kalyani we have fresh red poha right now so I can make it.

  13. cookingwithsapana

    Adai looks so delicious. Bookmarking to try.

  14. The Pumpkin Farm

    i used to get red poha stock regularly from my cook whenever she travelled her home town sindhudurg…after a while i ran out of options to use it and she stopped…i am sure this one will work with kid who loves anything with jaggery

  15. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I love aval traditional desserts and this is something I want to try.

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