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Aval Nanachathu‏ (Sweet Poha)

 Published 2015-Jun-28   Updated 2020-May-19

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Aval Nanachathu, Meetha Poha, Teepi Atukulu, Sweetened Rice Flakes, Sweet Beaten Rice, Sweet pressed rice, Sweet flattened rice, Rice Flakes Sweetened with Sugar or Jaggery)

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Aval (or Poha) is are flattened and beaten rice. This is very popular in India and is available as White Aval and Red Aval. The red aval of course is flattened red rice and is said to have more nutrients in it. It can be eaten raw when it is softened with some liquid like water or milk.

Aval is used to make many dishes, which I will be sharing one by one. Here is one of the basic recipes made with aval : Sweet Aval. It is usually had as a quick snack with a cup of tea in the evening.

You could either use white sugar, powdered jaggery, powdered palm sugar or naatu chakkarai to sweeten the aval. It is very healthy than any of the fried snacks. Here is the recipe.

Recipe For Sweet Poha

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: Nil
Serves: 3-4


  • Aval (Beaten Rice/Poha) - 1 cup
  • Warm Water - 3-4 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar (or Powdered Jaggery) - 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Dry Ginger Powder (optional) - a pinch


  1. Take the aval in a large mixing bowl and add 2 tbsp of water. Mix it well.
  2. Add the remaining 1 or 2 tbsp as need and mix again. All the aval flakes should look moist. You should be careful because too much moisture will make it soggy.
  3. Mix in the grated coconut, sugar (or jaggery), cardamom powder and dry ginger powder.
  4. Cover and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This time is perfect for the sugar to melt a bit and mix up with the moisture from the grated coconut. All the flavors will be blended well.


  • You could make it more richer by adding roasted cashews, almonds, raisins, sesame seeds, peanuts or 1 tsp of ghee.

Serving Suggestion

  • Enjoy the aval nanachathu with sliced bananas and a cup of tea. A very satisfying and healthy snack.

More Aval / Poha Recipes

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