Chooda Avalakki

For a long time I was wanting to try this. More than me, my better half couldn't possibly resist the temptation ;) being the junkie fiend he is.. so when I made this, it didn't last more 3 than days ;)
Chooda Avalakki is a popular North Karnataka snack. It is usually sold at the bakeries in Bangalore.

I thought this would be a humongous task to make it, but to my surprise it was crazy easy :) It only takes a few minutes to make this and makes for a perfect evening snack :) It also saves you the investment on bakery everytime :P 

Paper avalakki/ thin poha 1 cup
Peanuts ¼ cup
Fried chikpea dal/ hurigadale ¼ cup
Dry red chilli/ byadagi mensinkai 5
Dry coconut/kobri, thinly sliced ¼ cup
Salt As needed
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Oil 5 tbsp
Raisins A few
Sugar 1 tbsp
Curry leaves 12
1. In a pan heat the poha until its slightly crisp, for about two minutes. ( This step is just to ensure it is extra crisp, since the poha is light and fluffy by itself, you could even sun dry the poha for about an hour if needed. Frying it on the stove only takes two minutes.)

2. In another pan heat oil, add mustard seeds, once it starts spluttering, add the fried gram dal, peanuts, turmeric, red chilli, dry coconut and curry leaves. Fry unitl its crisp, turn off the stove and allow it to cool. 

3. Add this to the poha, add salt, sugar,raisins and give it a soft mix to incorporate everything. Don't mix hard, else the poha will crumble. Enjoy with tea/ coffee :)

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