'Gokulakshtami' or 'Krishna Jayanthi' is round the corner and aval/poha/beaten rice neivedyam /prashad/offering is considered most auspicious. I am sure all of you are aware of the 'Krishna- Sudama' story where Sudama enjoys the beaten rice alone without sharing it with Lord Krishna. It is believed that when in later years Sudama suffered from poverty and misfortune , he offered a sweet dish made using poha/beaten rice to his friend Krishna and he was freed from his sufferings.
So, it is a tradition to make at least one beaten rice/aval /poha dish on the day of Krishna Jayanthi. In fact , if you are unable to make anything else also, make this one dish and it is considered most significant.
It is simple to make and takes less than five minutes to prepare. In fact , this neivedyam is very commonly distributed even in temples. You can add all fruits available .
Beaten rice is nutritious and is rich in iron . This is a healthy snack.
Vella Aval | Sweet Poha with Jaggery :
Preparation time : 5-7 minutes
Cooking time : Nil
Serves : 2-3
1 cup = 250 ml cup
1 cup beaten rice/aval/poha
3/4 cup grated jaggery/powdered jaggery ( I used the dirt free organic jaggery)
1 banana ( chopped)
2-3 dates ( de-seeded, chopped)
1/4 cup fresh coconut pieces
1. Sprinkle 1/4 cup water in the poha , mix and let it soak for 5 minutes.
2. Add the grated jaggery, banana, dates, coconut pieces and mix well.
Your neivedyam is ready.
Chef Tips :
1. I used the thin poha variety. If using the thicker variety, you can adjust water levels and the soaking time.
2. You can add chopped apple, grapes and other fruits and even dry fruits of your choice.
3. If you are making appam, then you can tear the appam into smaller pieces and mix with the vella aval.
4. Adjust jaggery quantity according to taste.
5. You can add grated coconut also, but the chopped coconut gives the crunch and authentic flavour to the vella aval.
You can also make Aval Kesari.
Wishing you all a blessed festival.
Happy Cooking !