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Friday, March 13, 2015

Avalose Podi & Avalose Unda(Maavunda) | Roasted Rice Powder & Rice Balls | Kerala Snacks

Avalose podi(roasted rice powder) is a nostalgic Kerala snack recipe, made with roasted rice powder(puttu podi) & grated coconut that can be made and stored for long in airtight containers.This is best served with a sprinkle of sugar.This is a healthy snack as there is no frying (oil free snack).Mom used to make this snack often, esp avalose podi. I used to carry to hostel during college days and this used to be our midnight relief sometimes during long study sessions or writing works. 

Avalose unda, on the other hand, is even healthier with the addition of jaggery. Avalose unda is also called as 'mavu unda' in some places in Kerala. Avalose unda (Rice balls) are a little tougher on hands as they need to be worked quickly else they tend to crumble and not hold shapes.Whenever mom used to make avalose unda, I remember helping her in making balls.And mine used to be oval-shaped ones which everyone made fun of the shapes (now I think it's much better).The mixture used to be very hot to touch, and we used to start off quickly as it becomes bearable to touch.Both store very well and are healthy snack recipes.If you love this snack, do try and enjoy at home with your dear ones!!

 A glimpse of avalose unda :)

Avalose(Mavu) Unda
to make avalose podi
*coarse rice powder (puttu podi) 3 cups
grated coconut 1.5 cups
cumin seeds 1.5 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp or as per taste
sugar as per taste

to make avalose unda
avalose podi  3 cups (450-500g
jaggery 2 large cubes (200 gm)
water 1 cup
cardamom powder 1tsp
dry ginger powder(chukku podi) a pinch
rice flour, a cup (for dusting the balls)

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Avalose Podi

Avalose Unda(Maavunda) -


  • I have already made a post on homemade rice flour(puttu podi & idiyappam podi). Make puttu podi as shown in this recipe link (don't roast the flour, just grind and sieve)
  • Mix the ground rice powder, grated coconut, cumin seeds and salt.Keep it covered for an hour so that the moisture in the flour and grated coconut blends the mixture well.

  • Transfer this mixture to a kadai/wok and dry roast on low to medium flame with continuous stirring (otherwise the flour may burn).It may take around 25–30 mins to get the light brown colour and the rice flour and grated coconut gets nicely roasted.Switch off flame and let it cool.
  • Serve by sprinkling sugar as per taste, or store in airtight containers just like that till use.

  • Follow the procedure of making avalose podi just like above except mixing sugar.
  • Then, let it cool and pulse in a mixer for 3- 4 times until looks combined (the long strands of coconut gets coarsely ground.If you are using freshly grated coconut, then, grate it very small.I have used frozen grated coconut).Add the cardamom powder and dry ginger powder(chukku podi), mix well.
  • In a sauce pan, melt the jaggery with water.Strain the impurities once melted and return the mixture to the pan.Boil the mixture until it reaches one string consistency.Remove from heat immediately and pour over the avalose podi.Mix until combined.

  • Start making unda (balls) when the heat is bearable in hands.Hold the mixture tight in your palms and make balls.Be quick to make balls, as they may not hold shape once the mixture turns cold.
  • Place the made balls in rice flour and roll them gently.Shake off excess and place on plates.
  • Let it cool and then serve.Enjoy with a cup of tea or store in airtight containers.
Serves ~ 18-20 avalose unda 

*I used 1 1/2 cup raw rice/long grain rice(pachari) which yielded 3 cups ground puttu podi.
* Don't add sugar and store avalose podi, add sugar whenever you serve. 
* Store brought puttu podi may not work good for this snack as the flour is roasted.Homemade unroasted puttu podi has moisture in the flour, which binds well with grated coconut.
* You can add sliced banana when serving avalose podi, tastes great.
*If the mixture cools down when making avalose unda(if not holding shapes), then reheat the mixture on low flame and then start making balls again.
* You may find an extra coating of powder on the avalose unda, Try rolling immediately and shake off the excess flour.

For all Kerala snack recipes from this space, refer this link.

A last one to enjoy with a cup of black tea /coffee, till we meet next.Happy weekend !! :)


Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

wow appreciating your hard work!!!!!!It is really yummy!!!!!

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very tempting, love your traditional recipes

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Avalose unda adipoli Julie

sujitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Kids love this balls.. looks tempting..

Mira said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! nice recipe Julie. I remember my friend's mom used to serve this when I go their place. I just enjoy that flavour.....

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Hats off for ur patience and lovely avalose undas..... and beautiful clicks too.... enikkum koodi parcel cheyyamo... ? :)

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried this before. Look so yum...

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips


radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious. Do you make the coarse powder at home. Previously one could with the chakki at home. Wonder if it is available readily in a store.

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love avalose podi... we call it pooram varuthathu in our side... :) I always carry a pack as they are awesome to have with some banana, just like puttu style... :) Appreciate your hard work, thanks for sharing... I thought that instead of cumin, we use the black jeera?

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! Looks so perfect and tempting dear... My granny makes a similar kind of this but never adds cumin to it dear

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@radha yes,dear..I make the puttu podi at home as this recipe requires rice flour with moisture and not roasted rice flour :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rafeeda AR That's a new name to this recipe dear,haven't heard before :)

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

this brings back so many memories.. lovely post..

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

these look so yumm.. beautiful clicks too..

ANUJA said... Best Blogger Tips

Can I use desiccated coconut?

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Anuja,
The binding of rice flour to the fresh grated coconut adds a unique nutty flavor in avalose podi. Using dessicated coconut, may not give you that taste and also add the dessicated coconut only after roasting the rice flour (3/4 th done). There is another way that you can try is by adding a little water to dessicated coconut to soak a little( just enough to absorb all the water) say about 30 minutes. Then add to the rice flour and roast together. I haven't tried it but should work fine. Hope that helps.

ANUJA said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much Julie for the detailed reply. I think I will go with fresh coconut.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@ANUJA ok :)