Flattened Rice Snack (Aval Vilayichathu)

Aval VilayichathuAnother quick and healthy snack from my amma’s repertoire of easy snack recipes! As kids we used to always come home to find a tea time snack and different types of aval (poha) dishes used to be common.  I have posted one aval recipe before – Aval nanachathu.  Today I am posting a variation of this. This recipe of Aval Vilayichathu makes a snack that can last longer since it caramelizes the jaggery and lightly fries the poha in it. So this keeps longer.

Aval Vilyaichathu (Kerala)Last week when I was at the Indian grocers, I noticed the pack of red poha which is poha made from red rice. This is common in Kerala and I think, not so common in other parts of India. I was instantly reminded of my amma’s ‘aval vilayichathu’ and so grabbed the pack so I could make it that weekend. This time I also added ripe plantain pieces which my mom also used to do sometimes. But this tastes great with or without plantains! A great healthy snack to munch when you need a little something sweet. Plus this is also gluten free for those on a gluten free diet.

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Kerala Poha Snack (Aval Vilayichathu)



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  1. I have never heard of it Indu and I am glad that I learnt it today from you. Recently I have started noticing the red poha in Indian stores but wasn’t sure how to use it… Now have an idea.. Can we make savoy poha also with the red variety?

  2. Indu, love this sweet poha recipe. We offer sweet poha to God on Diwali day too. I like the addition of the dry ginger and banana in your recipe. Will try it soon.

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