Jan 9, 2014

Aval Kozhukattai / Poha Kozhukattai

Looking for quick dinner fix or snacks for kids, then try out this simple quick kozhukattai which you will love. This is so easy to make but just turns out so soft and fluffy which i adore. I added some carrots in this, you could add any vegetables in this too, but chop it finely before adding it.

You can check out my other kozhukattai recipes and if you are looking for some more quick snack, then why not try my oats kozhukattai.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 15 to 20 mins
Makes : 10 to 12 Balls


Aval / Poha - 1 cup ( I used red rice poha )
Onions - 1 medium size chopped finely
Green Chilli - 2 chopped finely
Carrot - 1 medium chopped finely
Water - 1.5 cup
Coconut - 3 tblspn grated (optional)
Salt to taste

For Seasoning:
Oil -  2 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu paruppu -1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli -1  broken into small pieces
Asafoetida / Kaya podi / Hing - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves a sprig


Heat a pan over medium heat. Add in poha and start roasting it for few mins till it is toasted and nice aroma comes from it. Remove it to a blender and powder it coarsely.

Now heat oil in the same kadai. Add all the seasoning ingredients and let it sizzle for a min.

Add in onions, carrots, green chilli and saute for couple of mins.

Add in water and salt and bring everything to a good boil.

Add in the powdered poha and mix well. keep stiring till it starts leaving the sides of pan and comes together as a mass. You can add some coconut at this stage.

Remove it to plate and allow it to a cool a bit.

Once it is cooled a bit, shape into balls or ovals. 

Heat a steamer pot or idli cooker. Place the balls on greased idli plates and steam for 8 to 10 mins.

Once it is done, remove it to a plate. let it cool for couple of mins and serve.

Take all your ingredients

Seasoning ingredients

I used red rice poha
Heat a pan

Add poha in it

Dry roast till nice aroma comes

Transfer to a blender

Powder it coarsely

Now heat oil in the same kadai

Add mustard, cumin and urad dal

Add broken dry red chilli

a touch of asafoetida

Mix them around
Add in onions, carrots, green chilli and curry leaves(i din have that)

Saute for a couple of mins

Add water

Season with salt

Bring it to a boil

Add in the ground poha

Mix well

It will start leaving the sides of the pan

Remove it to a plate to cool a little
Take a portion

Shape into balls

You can add some coconut in this too

I made some with coconut and some without it

Place a steamer plate on the idly cooker

Place the balls over it

Cover and Steam

Cook till done


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  1. Love the idea of having veggies in

  2. Delicious and lovely looking kozhukattais.

  3. Hi Deepa, I tried it last friday, It was just Awesome. Thanks a lot.



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