Masala Avalakki – Mangalore style (Bajil Upkari Recipe)

Masala Avalakki – Mangalore style (Bajil Upkari Recipe)

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

May 23, 2017
: 4
: 10 min
: 10 min
: 20 min

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!!

Masala Avalakki


Notes :

*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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