I am here with a another sweet dish for the festival Janmashtami. Another variety of sweet made with the aval or poha. So one of the neivedyam offered to Krishna is aval with vellam or sugar or milk.Aval is the Tamil word for poha. Its sweeter compared to other puttu’s like rice puttu and ragi puttu due to the use of jaggery and is tasty to eat. Puttu is my all-time favorite.
Aval Puttu is a delicious snack and is used to prepare in functions & festivals .Rice Puttu is quite a long process. But Aval Puttu, is a simpler version and just as tasty as the rice puttu. It doesn't need any special ingredients. This can be prepared as a nivedhyam for Navarathri & Gokulashtami.
Cuisine: South Indian (Festive Sweet)
1. Add the aval in the kadai & roast it till they become slightly brown. Allow them cool & grind it in the mixed into fine powder.Heat ghee in a pan, add the chopped cashews & fry them till golden brown. Keep this aside.
2. Collect the powdered aval in a plate & add a pinch of salt & mix well. Meanwhile keep little water for boiling.Now sprinkle this water little by little to the powdered aval till you get a consistency where if you press it holds shape and if you leave it crumble. Keep this aside for 5 mins.
3. Again after 5 mins sprinkle little water. Repeat the process 2-3 times till the poha becomes soft.In another pan added grated jaggery & little water. When it started boiling, filter the jaggery. This filtering is done to avoid impurities from the jaggery.Boil the jaggery till you get the following consistency. If you take a bowl of water and add little jaggery syrup and check out for the soft ball consistency.
4. Now add the cardamom powder, grated coconut to this and immediately pour over the Aval powder.
5. Mix well with a ladle, add the fried cashews and keep aside covered for 10 mins. Delicious Aval puttu is ready to serve.
- Ensure that you do not add too much of water.
- Sprinkle only hot water on the powdered aval.
- Grated coconut can also be sprinkled on the top of it or mixed along with the Puttu mixture.
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