Snack recipes

Aval Khara Puttu

This is a tasty khara recipe which can be made as evening snack and during picnics. It also compliments the traditional sundal that is made during navaratri festival season. The snack made using Aval (Tamil word for flattened rice) is called Avalaki Gothsu in Karnataka.


Aval (avalaki/Poha)   – 1 cup

Tamarind                  – small lemon size

Jaggery                     – 1 tbsp

Chilli powder           – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder      – 1/4 tsp

Salt                           – to taste

Mustard                   – 1 tsp

Red Chilli                 – 1 no.

Urad dhal                 – 1 tsp

Channa dhal             – 1 tsp

Hing                        – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves             – 8-10 nos.

Grated coconut       – 1 tbsp.

Gingelly oil              – 3-4 tsp

For Dry Roast powder

Methi                                   – 1/2 cup

Dhaniya( Coriander seeds)   – 1 tsp

Urad dhal                             – 1 ½ tsp

Channa dhal                         – 1 ½ tsp

Preparation time                : 15 minutes

Cooking time                      : 15 minutes

Makes                                  : around 2 cups


In this article both the step by step text procedures with photo images as well video procedures are explained for the reader convenience.

Step 1:

Take 1 cup of Aval in a strainer and wash.


Step 2:

Spread the wet Aval on a muslin cloth and allow it to dry under a fan for about 15 minutes.


Step 3:

After 15 minutes, the aval is dry but soft. Transfer to a pan and roast till the color changes to light brown. Then grind coarsely.


Step 4:

Place a pan on the stove in low flame. Add Methi 1/2 tsp and roast. Add other ingredients such as coriander seeds(dhaniya), Urad dhal 1 1/2 tsp, Channa dhal 1 1/2 tsp. Roast the mixture and grind.


Step 5:

Take lemon sized tamarind and soak it in 1 1/2 cups of water for 15 minutes and extract the juice . Discard the tamarind pulp after extraction. Pour the extracted tamarind water  to a vessel.


Step 6:

Boil Tamarind water. Add jaggery 1 tbsp, chilli powder 1 tsp, Tamarind 1/4 tsp and salt to taste. Boil till the water quantity becomes half.


Step 7:


Heat 3 tbsp gingelly oil in low flame , add 1 tsp mustard, red chilli 1 no.,urad dhal 1 tsp,


Add channa dhal 1 tsp,ground nuts 1 tbsp, hing powder 1/2 tsp, curry leaves 8-10 nos. Roast the mixture.



Step 8:

Add ground Aval powder, ground dry roasted powder and boiled tamarind water


Step 9:

Switch off the stove. Mix well


Step 10:

Add grated coconut 1tbsp and mix well. Aval khara puttu ( Avalaki gothsu) is ready


The preparation procedure is explained in the following video.

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