As for the final post for the theme “One Bowl Dishes” in the Blogging Marathon #102, I had no doubt what I wanted it to be! Avil Milk is something very synonymous to Malappuram. VH Bakery is the first one to introduce and make it a craze among the whole of Malabar. If you are wondering what this is, then it is a layered concoction of mashed small banana, crispy roasted aval (rice flakes/ poha), some ice cold milk and peanuts for an additional crunch. Anything over and above that are add ons. I wouldn’t call it a milk shake, since it isn’t blended together, but it is very close to being a falooda without any catches to it.
Each time I go home, I would miss exactly that time when my family would go to Kottakkal for something or the other. Last year, for the first time in my life, I had Avil Milk from VH, not once but twice, and I cursed under my breath, “Why didn’t I find you before?” Let me preserve the picture of the first Avil Milk I had, here. 😀 Would you believe it is one of the cheapest thrills back home? One tall cup of normal Avil Milk costs 20 bucks, and a special one, which is topped with a scoop of ice cream and some tutti fruttis comes with an additional 10 bucks. Where can you eat for so less anywhere in the world! More than a dessert, it is a full meal. You wouldn’t need anything over it for at-least another 4 hours – it keeps you totally full!
Avil Milk came on my blog in the form of a guest post before, but I never tried to make it personally because it never appealed to me. Then Fami kept coming up different versions of this dessert on her IG feed, tempting me to the core. Would you believe if I told you that I started making it myself just a couple of months ago on my quantified diet? This is one dessert you can enjoy if you are on a quantified diet, since you can count what you are having and throw into the glass. 😉 And what more, this is so close to a no-cook dessert, that you have a meal in flat 5 minutes in your hand.
Now I haven’t made it fancy as such by adding more ingredients into it. I utilized my portion of banana, aval and milk for the day to make this dessert. I prefer to mix it at the time of having it, so you can see the layers in my glass. The crispy aval roasted in ghee will make sure that it keeps the crunchiness all throughout that whole glass. If you want more oomph, then throw in some roasted peanuts. Mix it well and top it with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of tutti frutti to make it special. Try to use the small variety of banana for this dessert. It tastes the best. You can use chiquita/ robusta too if that is what is available with you. Keep the milk ice cold to make the dessert all the more delicious. Off to this simple recipe…
- 1 tsp ghee
- ¼ cup aval flakes (poha)
- 1 tsp stevia (to taste)
- 3 small bananas (approx 100 gm)
- ½ cup cold milk
- A pinch of cardamom powder (optional)
- Nuts for garnish (optional)
- Heat ghee. Toss the aval and stevia and saute for a couple of minutes till crisp. Set aside.
- In a glass, peel the bananas and place. Mash them with a fork.
- Spread the aval on top and then top with the milk.
- Sprinkle the cardamom and nuts if using on top and serve immediately. To enjoy, dig in a spoon, give a good mix and eat!
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