Gojju Avalakki or Huli Avalakki

This tangy, sweet dish made of Poha and Tamarind is a favorite to anybody in Madhwa houses. My grandmother( Father’s Mom) who lived in B’Lore, (we used to call her Bangalore Ajji) used to make this in the evenings. She used to of course powder the Poha by hand. Thanks for all the wonderful gadgets we have now in the kitchen, we can coarsely grind the poha in minutes in our Food Processor. So, here comes Bangalore Ajji’s Gojju Avalakki recipe.


  1. 3 cups Thick poha coarsely ground ( See picture below)
  2. 4 tsp tamarind paste
  3. 8 tsp Brown sugar or Jaggery
  4. 3 tsp Rasam powder or sarina pudi
  5. 5 tsp Fresh or dry coconut
  6. 5 tsp Ground nuts
  7. 6-7 Coriander leaves
  8. 6 tsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp channa dal, 1 tsp urad dal, 1/2 tsp haldi, hing to taste for seasoning.
  9. Salt to taste.


Grind the poha in 3 batches in your blender. It should be like the Rava consistency. See picture below:

Coarsely Ground Poha

Next, in a large bowl, mix the tamarind paste, salt, rasam powder, jaggery. Add enough water (approximately 3 cups) and mix well. See picture below.

Tamarind and other ingredients

Next, mix the coarsely ground poha to this mixture and keep aside for an hour. The poha will soak up all the water. See picture below.

Tamarind mixture and poha

Finally, in a big pan add the oil. When the oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds, haldi, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, and also peanuts. Fry for a few minutes. Add coconut. Next add the poha and keep stirring for at least 10-15 minutes. Add salt. Add 2-3 tsp of water if it looks too try.

Serve with curds or yogurt. My Bangalore Ajji used to also fry Happala and Sandige along with Gojju Avalakki. Yummy.

Gojju Avalakki

31 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by VidyaVijay on December 24, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Mam some body says while travelling we take this dish with out adding water , can u please tell me how it can be done


  2. Posted by VidyaVijay on December 24, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Mam some body says while travelling we take this dish with out adding water , can u please how it can be done


  3. Posted by Anjaan on December 2, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I have been looking for this recipie for a long time can’t wait to try it . Can you please let me know the amount of tamarind that I need to use e- example lime size or orange size as I don’t use tamarind paste


  4. Posted by Sharada on March 11, 2014 at 10:09 am


    I had a question what are the ingredients to be used for the rasam powder? i wanna try out ur recipe but im not aware of the ingredients to add for the rasam powder.



  5. Posted by pavani on September 6, 2013 at 3:46 am

    i done this gojju avalakki today its tooooooooooo yummyyy


  6. Posted by pavani on September 5, 2013 at 10:03 am



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  8. Posted by vidyavenu on August 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I am going to try tommorow for nagachaturti
    Thanks a lot


  9. Posted by shreenivas desai on August 3, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Mouth watering reci


  10. Posted by Harsh on June 8, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Hi meera,

    Wanted to take time to appreciate your recipe for Gojju avalakki. I made it today and it came out PERFECT !

    Thanks a ton. Keep up the good work.



  11. Posted by Chitra on July 21, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Seems to be very easy to prepare and sounds also very delicious. Want to try it right away.


  12. Posted by Sarita on July 21, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Hi Meera avare…
    How can we make Gojju Avalakki on Naga Panchami..you said not to fry anything, but recipe says fry mustard seeds, haldi, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, and also peanuts. Is this okay?


    • Posted by meeraghu on July 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Fried stuff refers to Bonda, Kadabu like that. I am sure this doesn’t come in the fired items.


  13. Posted by Priya Kamath on March 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Hello Madam,

    I happened to browse thru your website & all of your recipes are so very authentic.
    I am definitely going to try all of these. However, I request you to post some of the recipes which are yet not part of your index list.
    Recipes like:
    a) Veg Pulao
    b) Chana Masala
    c) Saaru
    d) Huli
    e) Some gravy vegetable dishes. (most wanted by me). I thank you in advance for these.



  14. Posted by Raghu a.k.a Bundy on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    @Meera – Your recipe made it simple to cook and turned out tasty as well 🙂 Thanks


  15. Posted by Gopinath on November 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for Gojju Avalkki..I tried today and came good..


  16. Posted by Manjula on July 29, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for gojju avalakki receipe. its’s my favourite wil try it tomorrow only.
    Thanks a lot meera dear.


  17. Thanks for the excellent gojju avalakki recipe .It was sup- up. I prepared it on Jan15th 09

    Thanks once again

    Hi Shaila, Thanks for letting me know that you tried Gojju avalakki.


  18. Posted by Navya :) on December 11, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Yummy mummy…:P
    Tried it… one of ma fav south Indian recipe!!!!!


  19. Posted by meeraghu on January 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks, Manish.
    Enjoy. Also take a look at pongal recipes on this site as well.


  20. Yammy — Mouth watering —

    Will prepare it today as Sankranti food –

    thanks a lot


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