Gojju Avalakki: The Irresistible Poha From Karnataka
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Think of Indian breakfast and poha is one dish that would top the list. And there’s a reason why it is such a popular option. For one, it's incredibly easy-to-prepare, so much that even an amateur may not go wrong with any basic poha recipe. Secondly, it's cooked along with a number of vegetables like peas, potato, coriander and even crunchy peanuts are added to it. Doesn’t this make it all the more nutritious and fulfilling? A much-loved Indian breakfast food, a traditional poha comes with cooked flattened rice topped with peanuts, curry leaves, et al., and has a number of variants in different parts of the country. For instance, in Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Rajasthan, poha is eaten with some spicy bhujia on top and with a side of sweet and sugary jalebis or imartis. On the other hand, in Maharashtra, poha also has potatoes added to it and is served with a side of delicious chutneys and topped with crunchy, bright yellow sev.  

And then comes south Indian style pohas, or in particular Karnataka-style Gojju Avalakki. Prepared using thick beaten rice, rasam powder, jaggery, tamarind, salt and coconut, goju avalakki is a super tasty and quick breakfast recipe you can easily prepare at home. "Gojju" translates to "curry" and "avalakki" means "beaten rice or poha" in Kannada. In Karnataka, popularly there are three types of gojjavalakki recipes. One is Mangalore style gojjavalakki, second is Malnad style gojjavalakki, and the third is Bangalore-Mysore style. All three differes son just a few ingredients, for instance rasam powder is used in the Bangalore-style gojju avalakki.  

While the recipe is very similar to puliyogare and beaten rice is used in the place of steam rice, there are many variations to this simple dish when it comes to using the spices. While some people use puliyogare powder in it, some use chilli powder in it instead. Many also add rasam powder or sambar powder to the preparation.  

So if you are looking to trying this delicious poha from Karnataka at home, here’s the perfect recipe. Let us know you experience.