The perfect snack for a rainy day

The rainy season is in full swing now. There’s a healthy snack you desperately need to replace with your usual fritters. Try Karnataka’s favorite Kuttavalakki. It refers to two different words, namely ‘kuttida’, which means ‘pounded powder’, and ‘avallak’, which means rice or poha. It is becoming more and more clear to know this kannad recipe which is made up of pounded powdered Poha flour.

There is no doubt that poha is a perfect food to add to your breakfast. And there are so many benefits of poha. It is said that if you want a healthy and light meal then make Poha without thinking twice because you can make Poha with lots of vegetables. Along with that, poha also contains many good sources of nutrients in terms of iron, carbohydrates, fiber, etc.

When we live in a cultural diversity but still get one thing that makes us feel at home, that is food. In India, there are a lot of recipes to make a dish, so you can get poha in all state styles, but Kuttavalakki can make you feel a sense of comfort and give you a nostalgic mood. This breakfast is available at all railway stations in Karnataka. There is also a cute fact that is related to this food: children crave this dish very much.


If you do some research, you will find that Maharashtra is the state where poha first originated. The traditional dish has become very popular among the population. Poha was also mentioned in the Mahabharata. Sudama demonstrated this when he offered humble food to his childhood friend Krishna.

Here is the recipe for Kuttavalakki


1. 2 cups of coarse rice flakes

2. 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds

3. 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

4. 2 teaspoons of brown sugar

5. Little Tamarind

6. ¼ teaspoon asafetida

7. 1 teaspoon of salt

For Tempering:

1. 2 tablespoons of oil

2. ¼ cup of peanuts

3. 2 tablespoons roasted gram

4. 2 red chilies

5. 6-7 curry leaves

6. ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder

7. ½ teaspoon red chili powder


1. Combine red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt, and dried coconut in a blender. Make a thick powder with it.

2. Add avalakki (poha), tamarind and jaggery in a blender. Grind it into a coarse powder. Put it aside.

3. In a separate skillet, heat the oil. Combine mustard seeds, urad dal and peanuts in a bowl. Fry until the oil begins to gurgle.

4. Add dried coconut slices, roasted gram and curry leaves. Roast them for a bit.

5. Add turmeric powder and asafetida. Give it a quick stir.

6. Next, add the ground avalakki and spices.

7. Fry it for a minute over low heat. Serve it as snacks or eat it with curd for breakfast.

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