Puli Aval / Tamarind Poha Recipe / Tamarind Red Rice Flakes – Breakfast Recipe


                             Red rice flakes are made from a red rice. It is more common to find the flakes (poha) made of white rice. Rice flakes has a earthy flavor, chewy texture and light rose in color. Healthy alternative to white rice flakes, having a high nutritional contents. This is a healthy breakfast recipe because of high in fiber & nutrition. Good for kids and adult. Try this recipe and enjoy.


         1 and 1/2 Cup of Sigappu Aval / Poha / Red Rice Flakes
         Gooseberry size of Tamarind

    To Temper

          3 Tsp of Oil
          1 Tsp of Mustard
          1 Tsp of Urad Dal
          2 Tsp of Channa Dal / Bengal Gram / Kadalai Paruppu
          2 Tbsp of  Roasted Peanuts
          2 Big Red Chillies
          Pinch of Asafoetida / Hing
          1/4 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
          1/4 Cup of Onion, Chopped
          Few Curry Leaves
          Salt to Taste
          Water as needed


    Soaking & Preparation

  • Extract the juice from tamarind by soaking tamarind in hot water for 15 mins.
  • In a blender, add aval / poha / rice flakes, make it into a coarse consistency, don’t powdered it.
  • Wash the aval / poha and drain the water.
  • Now soak the aval / poha in tamarind water. Soak it for 10 mins.    


  • In a pan, add oil, red chillies (Break it ), mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, asafoetida & curry leaves. After they splutter, add onion, fry for 1-2 mins until it turns golden brown color. 
  • Add roasted peanuts, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Add tamarind – poha mixture and mix gently. Check the salt. Turn off the stove.
  • Puli aval is ready to eat. 


  • Don’t over soak the rice flakes, it will turn soggy while cooking.
  • Adding peanuts are optional.
  • You can follow the same recipe with white rice flakes.
  • Soaking time for white flakes is 2 – 3 mins.
  • You can add any vegetables of your choice. 
  • Adjust the tanginess according to your taste.

   Health Benefits of Red Rice Flakes

  • Red rice flakes are very good for the people with heart disease, diabetes and weight loss.
  • Low in cholesterol, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.     

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  1. Navaneetham Krishnan says:

    I have to admit that I am alien to the red aval. In fact I am sure if we have it over here. That said, I like that you didn’t use the normal ones because the dish is so good, so nice with interesting flavors.

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