Masala Avalakki – Mangalore style (Bajil Upkari Recipe)
Masala Avalakki/ Bajil in Tulu is very popularly made for breakfast or an evening snack in Mangalore. It is a quick and easy recipe made from beaten rice/ paper avalakki /thin poha that is tossed in coarsely ground spices, coconut, a hint of jaggery and a simple tempering.It used to be a popular breakfast in most marriage functions in Mangalore a few decades ago.
We Mangaloreans prepare Avalakki in two ways mainly – sweet and savory. The sweet version is made by tossing avalakki , jaggery and coconut and is an absolute favorite at home.The savory version that I am sharing today is generally served in combination with upittu ( sajjige in Tulu) and is popularly known as “Sajjige bajil“.It tastes best with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
Masala Avalakki-Mangalore Style
A quick and healthy breakfast/snack made with rice flakes
- 4 cups paper avalakki / thin poha
- 3/4 cup - 1 cup grated jaggery
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- salt to taste
- For grinding :
- 2-3 tbsp coconut oil (or any other flavorless oil)
- 5-6 byadgi chilies (kashmiri chilies)
- 2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- For tempering:
- 1-2 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds / saasive
- 2 pinches turmeric powder
- 2 red chilies
- few curry leaves
- Step 1 For grinding : Heat oil in a pan.Add red chillies, coriander seeds , cumin seeds and curry leaves and saute for 1- 2 minutes on medium flame.
- Step 2 Let it cool. Then grind it into a coarse powder without adding water.
- Step 3 Take beaten rice / avalakki in a mixing bowl. Add jaggery and the ground spices.
- Step 4 Now take coconut in the the same blender that you used to grind the spices and give it one or two pulses (This step is completely optional)
- Step 5 Add the coconut to the avalakki mixture. Next add salt and mix everything well.Best done with your hands.
- Step 6 For tempering : Heat oil in a small pan. Add the mustard seeds .Once they start popping add turmeric, red chilies and curry leaves.saute for a few seconds and add it to the avalakki. Mix well.
- Step 7 Tasty and Healthy Masala Avalakki is ready to be served!!
*We eat mildly spiced food so I have used less chilies here. You can add more if you love spicy food.
*If byadgi chilllies are not available where you live you can substitute it with chilly powder.
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