Avalum Pazhavum – Beaten Rice Flakes with Plantains

Do you believe in the power of the simple joys of life? I do… I really do. Sometimes, I feel that in this mad rush, these joys are what keeps me afloat, and most the joys come in the form of those little ‘imps’ I have at home. They can make up my day anytime with their little naughty doings, which at the beginning irritates me but when I think about it later, it does bring a smile to my face. The other day, I was quickly preparing dinner Β to take the kids out and they were playing in the room. Supposedly, Rasha was the shop assistant and Azza Β the customer, so whatever the “customer” required, “shop assistant” kept saying, “OK, ma’am”.
They finished their play session and it was becoming time to get ready. I called out, “Azza, come here.” She immediately replied, “OK, ma’am”. I gave her a dirty look first, and then ignored it. Again, I said, “Dear, let ummi dress you up!” “OK, ma’am.” For the next half an hour, I ceased to be ummi and I became ma’am!!! Initially, it did irritate me, and sensing that irritation, she kept smiling each time she said “OK ma’am”!! How much could that be??? Finally in the car she went off to sleep and once she woke up, the dialogue had already made its exit from her mind. πŸ™‚ Call it again – simple joys of life!!!


The post for today is also a part of the same principal. When we crave for a chai time snack which is not elaborate but can literally dance on our taste buds, then this is it. Umma keeps stock of beaten rice flakes – aval – everytime, which she normally puts into her tea and drinks, just like how you can have cereal. Sometimes, she makes this and I also do, and we all enjoy it to the maximum.



Avalum Pazhavum - Beaten Rice Flakes with Plantains

Course Tea Time Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup beaten rice flakes
  • 1 large plantain chopped
  • 4 tbsp jaggery grated (as per taste)
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut
  • A pinch cardamom
  • 1 tsp ghee


  • Wash the aval and drain.
  • Heat the ghee in a saucepan and saute the flakes till crisp.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients, give it a nice mix and cook on low flame till the jaggery melts. Serve warm with chai!!!


The quantities above is as per our taste. You can mix and match it as per your convenience!!!

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  1. This is one of my favorite tea time snack.Like u said I always stock up and hate running out oh no one likes it its only for me:)

    1. u seem to be like my mom… she loves her aval… πŸ™‚

  2. Healthy and Quick fix snacks…

    1. thank u so much saranya…

  3. Very delicious and tempting. Beautiful click…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  4. So true Rafee… simple pleasures in life are in small/simple things. This is my fav tea time snack too..:-)

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  5. πŸ™‚ well..this is such a lovely snack, Ma'am !!! ..lol….honestly, kids does know exactly how to be playing around with our thoughts and feelings. do, drop my pick quicks blog. me too have got soemthing similar there .

    1. thank u so much sona… would definitely check it out… You too, brutus!!! πŸ˜€

  6. Healthy and delicious Rafeeda πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

  7. So healthy and delicious! Perfect and quick snack! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rita…

  8. never heard about this recipe… seems to be very interesting..

    1. thank u so much pt…

  9. We make this with
    Kadali pazham for ayyappa pooja—-yummy

    1. thank u so much divya…

  10. Perfect recipe for breakfast Rafeeda.

    1. thank u so much neela….

  11. Reminds me so much of Kerala…..love the delicate sweetness n the ethapayzham

    1. thank u so much shella…

  12. You are right, some times kids makes us crazy. Avalum pazhavum adipoli.

    1. thank u so much swathi…

  13. I would eat this any time of the day. It looks delish!

    1. me too sal… πŸ™‚

  14. yes..a videsha malayalee…and very much, a lady britus!!..lol…

    be a follower there as well..ok..

    1. haha… sona… thank u for coming by… πŸ™‚

  15. Yummy..love this..

    1. thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  16. simple & delicious !

    1. thank u so much reni…

  17. I adore avalum/pazahvum- the ultimate comfort snack, probably qualifies as a superfood these days too. Your "impies" are the cutest. Enjoy all that dialogue now, you'll treasure it in your heart for years (cue:sniffle). When they grow up, its far and few between. Although, I try to capture those "seconds of babylike innocence" that sometimes show up in my two.

    1. thank u so much tisa… i really do know that… and i know i'm going to miss all this in the coming years…so trying my maximum to enjoy… πŸ™‚

  18. i havent had aval for years, come to think again! thank u for resurfacing all the good childhood memories, your kids are too sweet:-)

    1. maybe it's time to try eating some soon… πŸ™‚ thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  19. Hi Rafeeda, interesting recipe. Something new to me but it look awesome. Thanks for sharing, dear.

    1. thank u so much amelia…

  20. thats a new recipe for me πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing Rafeeda

    1. thank u so much sitara… πŸ™‚

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