Puli Aval/Aval Usili


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  • One cup of Aval or Poha
  • Small gooseberry size Tamarind ball
  • A generous pinch of Turmeric powder
  • A Generous pinch of Asafoetida
  • Three tbs of Gingelly Oil
  • One tsp of Mustard Seeds
  • One tsp of Channa dal
  • One tsp Urad dal
  • Six Broken Red Chillies
  • Few Curry leaves.
  • One tbs Peanuts
  • Salt to Taste.


  • Soak Tamarind in hot water and extract water three times when it cools down.
  • Wash the Aval(rice flakes)in water and soak it in Tamarind water for ten minutes.
  • Heat Gingelly oil in a pan crackle mustard seeds, add channa dal, urad dal, red chilies peanuts and curry leaves. Fry until the dal becomes golden brown.
  • Add the soaked poha,turmeric powder and salt. Cover and cook for two minutes. Add asafoetida and mix well.
  • Heat until all the mosture evaporates.It tastes yummy either hot or cold.


  • Soak the aval for 10 to 15 minutes depending on how soft it is.
  • Use gingelly oil for the perfect taste and flavour.

Courtesy: Jaya’s Recipes

General guidelines for healthier food for both body and mind:

  • One should be thinking about Perumal (Nama Smaranam) while cooking, and the purpose should be to offer the preparation to Him.
  • Once the food is prepared, it should be offered to Perumal first. While offering, one should make sure that the food is neither too hot nor cold. It should be offered with love and affection.
  • Please do not offer either pre-cooked food bought from outside or any pre-consumed food.
  • Please follow thiruvaradanam kramam as instructed by your respective acharya. (http://anudinam.org/2012/03/08/bhagavad-tiruvaradhanam/)
  • Follow ahara niyamam as much as possible. Atleast make sure that onion and garlic are not used at all.(http://anudinam.org/2012/06/11/srivaishnava-ahara-niyamam/)
  • Please ensure that food which are not prasadams are not consumed.

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