Breakfast Recipes/ Poha & Upma


Today’s post “Gojjavalakki“,is an authentic recipe from Karnataka.,which is simple yet delicious.I often make it whenever i have to cook in a hurry or i have to cook onion less(during festive times especially janmashtami). In Karnataka, many temples offer it to us as prasadam. The ones made in the temple will have a divine taste 🙂

Basically Gojjavalakki is beaten rice soaked in tamarind pulp,spiced with rasam powder,sweetened with jaggery and tempered with dal and groundnut.It is sweet, tangy, spicy and crunchy at the same time. Just pair this with a bowl of yogurt and you will have complete and filling meal ready in minutes. Sharing with you all my mom’s recipe that is big on flavors,I just love this…


Course Breakfast
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 250 grams Thick Poha / Beaten Rice / Avalakki thick variety must
  • Small lemon size Tamarind (soak in little warm water,squeeze and extract juice)
  • 2 - 3 tsps Jaggery
  • to taste Salt

Spl magic masala

  • 1/2 tsp Blackgram / urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram Chana Dal
  • 7 - 8 nos Pepper
  • 1 - 2 tsp Black sesame / Til

For Tempering

  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Blackgram / urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram Chana Dal
  • Groundnut - as much as you like
  • a pinch Asafoetida/ hing
  • a pinch Turmeric
  • - few Curry Leaves
  • Grated dry coconut / kopra Garnish


  • Coarsely powder the flattened rice in a blender for not more than 30 secs
  • Coarsely powder the flattened rice in a blender for not more than 30 secs
  • Take small amounts of beaten rice and coarsely powder it by pulsing in a mixer a couple of times, Make sure you don't powder it finely.It should be like the Rava consistency.
  • Next,to the coarsely ground poha add tamarind paste,salt, rasam powder, jaggery.Add water and mix well.At this point the poha should be little watery.Keep aside for 15-20 mins.The poha will soak up all the water and would have pluffed up.
  • Meanwhile, roast by adding few drops of oil the chana dal,urad dal,pepper and sesame seeds till it gives out nice aroma.Cool ,powder and set aside.
  • Prepare the tempering.Heat oil in a pan .When the oil is hot enough,add mustard seeds,peanuts,urad dal, channa dal,haldi,hing.When they splutter add curry leaves ,switch off and pour the tempering  to poha.Add the dal-pepper-sesame powder to the seasoned poha and mix well.
  • Add grated dry coconut, mix well.
  • Serve as such or with curds. Personally, to suit my taste-buds I love to have this with thick curd because of its sweet-sour-spicy flavor.


  1. Poha must be thick type only.
  2. Before making a coarse powder, you can just make poha a bit crisp as it eases the process. It can be made crisp either by keeping in Sun or dry roasting a bit in gas /oven.
  3. After adding tamrind-rasam powder-salt-jaggery to the coarse poha mix,Taste it.The mixture should taste little strong,there should be a little extra of all ingredients, as poha is yet to absorb the spices.
  4. If you want you can omit ,dal-pepper-sesame powder .But i would recommend you to add it as it gives extra taste.
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Love ~Smitha


  • Reply
    Subha Bose
    October 25, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I have never tried tried it but it looks

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    nandoos Kitchen
    October 25, 2013 at 9:11 am

    This looks very yummy.

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    Eli Z
    October 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for sharing Smitha! I learn a lot from your recipes – looks delicious:-)

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    sangeetha pn
    October 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

    this seems to be yumm.. 🙂 Lovely recipe

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    Asiya Omar
    October 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Looks very delicious. Thanks for linking this to Gayathri’s WTML Event.

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    Linsy Patel
    October 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    never had this one, looks spicy , my kind of dish, visit me too dear.

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    Sathya Priya
    October 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    hmm a very diff rice variety .Lovely

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    Veena Theagarajan
    October 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    seems so yummy dish

  • Reply
    October 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I have never heard of this before. It sounds healthy and delicious 🙂

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    Meena Kumar
    October 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Looks so yummy never tried poha with tamarind but sounds interesting.

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    Bhuvana Gururaj
    October 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you, for sharing 🙂 especially for that special touch of ur mom 🙂

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    Vidya Chandrahas
    October 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Very yummy lookin and inviting avalakki smitha.

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    Gowthami Sundaram
    October 28, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I haven’t tried it.. looks yum! :)

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    Linsy Patel
    May 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    yummy dish.

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    gayathri srinath
    September 5, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Thanks. Tried it and it came out yum!..offered as prasad to krishna and enjoyed eating!.

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    September 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Hi smita , I tried doing this recipe came out very nice..thanks for posting such recipes

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    December 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Tried it today, came out very well, authentic Karnataka style. Thanks for elaborate write up and tips.

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    July 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    tried it today… came out very well… i love this dish from very long time, but never knew how to prepare.. thanks for ur wonderful tips and guidance

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