Aval Vilayichattu is a sweet dish made with flattened rice flakes, coconut, and jaggery as the main ingredients. This is commonly made as a snack item in Kerala. This dish is also made as a prasadam/naivedyam/offering to God. The food group(Sshhhh Cooking Secretly) I am part of, decided to make a "festive" theme as part of the December. With the Ayyappa season in December, I decided to make this dish which is perfect as an offering to the deity.
- Rice flakes/Aval/Poha - thin variety - 3 cups
- Coconut-grated - 1 cup
- Jaggery - grated - 1 cup
- Cashews - 3 tablespoon
- Raisins - 3 tablespoons
- Black sesame seeds - 1 tablespoon
- Roasted gram dal/Pottu kadala - 1/4 cup
- Cardamom - 5 no.
- Dried ginger - 1/2 inch piece
- Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 teaspoon
- Ghee - 2 tablespoons
- Boil 1/2 cup of water and add the grated jaggery. Strain the melted jaggery if you think there are impurities in your jaggery.
- Put the melted jaggery back into the pan. Add grated coconut and allow the liquid to evaporate. Boil for at least 5 minutes.
- Add the rice flakes to this and mix well.
- In a small pan, heat a tablespoon of ghee and roast raisins, cashews, sesame seeds, and roasted gram dal. Add this to the rice flakes mixture.
- Grind the dried ginger, cumin seeds, and cardamom into fine powder. Add this to rice flakes.
- Mix everything together and make sure all the liquid from the jaggery is evaporated. Add the remaining tablespoon of ghee and turn off the stove.