Atukula Mixture/ Aval Mixture
Snacking is one of my favorite pastime! I know that sounds so random but that’s the honest truth. Some days all I do is snacking, especially if am on a binge watching spree of some series. Mostly I prefer junk food while snacking, but occasionally I try to keep it healthy. This recipe is one of the healthy snack I love to make and eat of course (To all weight watchers of other people– I’m not fat, I’m just really intelligent and my head couldn’t hold any more of it so it started filling up the rest of me. 🙂 )
Also my partner in crime, hubby dearest loves mixtures and we are kinda hoarders when it comes to buying them. So when I have time, I try to make these mixtures in batch and store for few days as it has got a good shelf life if stored in an airtight container. Corn, Murmura and Makhana mixtures are something I make often at home. This is a cheat version because im not deep frying all the ingredients like in a store and I promise it tastes equally good. I add sugar also in this one as I like the sweet and savory flavor combination of this mixture. It’s an option and you can skip it if you want just a savory one.
Also, the other thing is some of these mixtures such as this one are so easy to make that all it takes is 10 minutes! Seriously, that is easier than dressing up and going to the grocery store to get some! That’s what I call win-win!
If you are looking for healthy snacks recipe without compromising the taste and flavor quotient, this is for you as this brings forth a gamut of delectable flavors including saltiness, spice and slight sweetness. Along with this, a delicious crunchy texture of peanuts, bengal gram and chewiness from the coconut, resulting in just the perfect finger food. It’s no wonder that mixture is favorite at most households that you will just not stop reaching out for till it’s all gone.
- Thin/Thick Atukulu/Poha/Aval- 3 cups (If using thick ones remember to fry them little longer than in the recipe)
- Peanuts roasted- ½ cup
- Bengal gram roasted- ½ cup
- Dry coconut thin slices roasted- 2 tsp
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Dry red chillies- 5 to 6
- Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
- Cumin & Mustard seeds- ½ tsp
- Oil for tempering
- Salt as per taste
- Sugar- 1 tsp (If you like raisins you can add them instead of sugar) Both are optional
Dry roast peanuts, Bengal gram & coconut slices in a non-stick pan with little oil, I put few drops of oil on the pan and roasted them in microwave.
In a big kadai add oil, cumin & mustard seeds and let them sputter for a minute. Now add the curry leaves, red chilies and a pinch of asafoetida. Let this saute for few minutes and add turmeric powder with atukulu/aval and let it fry for at least 10 minutes on medium flame while continuously mixing.
You can turn the flame off now and add all the fried items in the mixture with salt and sugar if using. Mix everything evenly and let this sit on stove for few minutes.
Once it cools down, you can store it an air tight container and munch on it whenever you feel like. Like promised that’s all you have to do to make this addictive mixture at home!