Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gojjavalakki for janmashtami

Wish you all a very happy Janmashtami. Today I bring to you a simple yet delicious dish called Gojjavalakki. As Poha is believed to be Lord Krishna's favorite,  This dish is more or less compulsory for Janmashtami.
Gojjavalakki is nothing but beaten rice which is soaked in tamarind pulp and is spiced with rasam powder. It is sweet, tangy, spicy and crunchy at the same time. This is one of those dishes that can be had either for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just pair this with a bowl of yogurt and you will have complete and filling meal ready in minutes. 

Gojjavalakki recipe:
Preparation time: 10min+soaking time
Cooking time: 15min

Beaten rice or Poha- 1-1/2 cups
Ghee- 1 tsp
Tamarind- 1 lime sized, soaked in water for 15min
Jaggery- 1 small lime sized
Salt- to taste
Oil- 2tbsp
Mustard- 1tsp
Peanuts- a handful
curry leaves- 8-10
hing- a pinch
Rasam powder- 1tbsp, store brought or home made
Black sesame seeds- 1tsp
Grated dry coconut- 3 tbsp


  • Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan and roast the Poha till crisp and set aside to cool.
  • Pulse the poha in a blender for 5-6 times or till the Poha is coarsely powdered. 
  • Transfer the poha to a sieve and wash under running water for a couple of times and keep aside.
  • Roast the sesame seeds and the dry coconut separately and allow them to cool.
  • Mix the sesame seeds and coconut together and grind to a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Extract the tamarind pulp from the soaked tamarind and add to the soaked poha. Add the salt and jaggery and mix well.

  • Heat oil in a wok and add the mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add the peanuts and fry till they turn brown. 
  • Add the curry leaves and hing and fry for a minute more.
  • Stir in the poha-tamarind mixture and rasam powder, mix well and allow the mixture to simmer for 2min
  • Add the sesame-coconut powder and mix well. Adjust the seasoning and serve hot.


  1. yum this dish is quite new to us,especially cause of its scrumptious brown color,this will surely make the holy Janmaashtami all the more special :-)

  2. Tats a very new dish and loving the flavors... will try soon.. Happy Janmashtami

  3. Delicious and mouthwatering preparation of offerings of the Lord. Excellent preparation.

  4. nice dish and full of flavour.. Happy Janmashtami

  5. yum, this looks so delicious.. love poha.

  6. Love that cute lil krishna idol..Wat a prefect neivedyam..Wonderful.

  7. Happy Gokulashtami Nandita. Mouth watering Gojjavalakki. Little Kirshna is beautiful!

  8. A very belated happy Janmashtami to you! I love all things tamarind related so this looks delicious. :)

  9. Wow... Thanks for sharing a spicy recipe because just its thoughts are watering my mouth. I really need to try it soon.

  10. We call this as Huli avalakki, or simply sour avalakki. Yours looks so beautiful!

  11. Love learning new dish and this one looks so beautiful and delicious!!!


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