Monday, October 15, 2012

Thakkali Aval Upma | தக்காளி அவல் உப்மா | Tomato Poha Upma

Aval Upma is a simple and quick sumptuous tiffin recipe. Rice Flakes flavored with tomatoes and tossed with traditional tempering. You can also try using tamarind instead of tomato. Check my other Aval versions :- Veg Aval Upma, Sweet Aval Poha, Aval Payasam.

 Aval | Poha    1 cup  
 Onions   1  
 Tomatoes   2 
 Green Chillies    4  
 Curry leaves    1 sprig  
 Hing     pinch  
 Coriander leaves (for garnishing)   few
 Mustard    ¼ tsp
 Urad dal   ¾ tsp
 Channa dal   ¾ tsp
 Oil   1 tbsp
 Salt to taste

Method :-
1). Soak* Aval in water for about 5 min and strain the water in a food strainer. Drain the water and squeeze well (poha should not be soggy). They turn in to a very soft and puffed rice.

In a pan, heat oil and do the tempering. Add mustard and let it splutter. Then add urad dhal, channa dhal and saute till they turn light brown. Then add onions, green chillies, curry leaves, salt and hing, saute till onions turn translucent. 
3). Add the tomatoes and cook till it is mashed up. Then add the soaked aval and combine. Cover the pan and leave on very low heat for another 3-4 minutes. Check for salt and adjust accordingly. Done ! Turn off heat and garnish with coriander leaves. 
Squeeze the lemon juice over upma and serve hot with Coconut Chutney. This can be served as a quick snack too.

Variations :-
# You can also elaborate it with more veggies (peas or corn or carrots), but I just like it the simple way.
#You can simply season cooked aval with freshly ground pepper, salt and lemon juice.
#* Soaking time totally depends on the type of poha used (thin or thick). So adjust the timings accordingly. 
# If poha is thin variety then do not allow the poha to be soaked for longer time, soak and drain immediately. 
# Soak and use the poha immediately, sometimes they become hard. In that case you have to soak again.

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