Avalose Podi (fried rice flour with grated coconut and cumin) and Avalose Unda (Balls made of this roasted rice flour) is soo typical to a Keralite household, and believe it is one of the staple items most "non-resident keralites" carry with them back from vacations. I have never had to prepare it myself, coz most of the time, it would be already prepared and ready for us , by the time we reach our paternal homes.
Home-made Avalose Podi in its packaging. Usually, it is taken with honey or sugar in its powder form, or mixed with honey/jaggery syrup to form balls aka the Avalose Unda.
Read about the making of the Avalose powder and ball versions here.
And this pack was there, in my pantry shelf...staying as such and to be honest, i am not than keen a fan of it...be it in any form. So, on a wild instinct, last weekend...decided to give it a facelist...a makeover kindof. Unlike the regular honey or jaggery, decided to use condensed milk as the liquid base. A trial...
You need ( i took)
Avalouse poowder - 2 cups
Condensed milk - 1/4 cup or more
Ghee - 1 or 2 tsp
Milk - few tbsps
Vanilla essence (optional)
Thats 2 cups of Avalose podi . Not being specific on the quantity for the condensed milk. May be 1/4 - 1/2 cup, coz we need it sweet.
In a wok, added 1-2 tsp tsp ghee, added the powder and condensed milk mix. Warm on medium flame.
Added some regular milk, a few tablespoons, until we get the right consistency to shape it. It has cumin and grated coconut within, so didnt try with much added flavours.
I tried with these cookie cutters, round and star shaped, but finally decided to stick on to handshaped ovals.
Now..for the choco-touch.
Take the cooking chocolate in a M/W safe bowl. And mind it..do not leave it by its self..lest these mini hands would snatch it in no time.
Break to roughly small chunks and microwave on high for 1 minute. Sitr and then go less on time. Say 30 secs more.
This was about 4 cubes from the choco bar at 1 minute and 30 secs in M/W.
Line the shaped cookies (alright..from now on..we call them...cookies! ) and drizzle the melted chocolate in lines.
For a change, dipped one portion of the cookie into the melted chocolate and later into chopped pecans to coat over the chocolate.