Before I write down the recipe, I think I have to share the reason as to why, I feel very nostalgic about this pepper avil. In one of my visits to Chennai, my husband, daughter and I took a walk to the neighboring grocery store. We were in the store, looking at stuff and had no clue about the rain that was pouring outside. We were stunned when we stepped out and got greeted by a puddle of water ankle high. With no umbrella to protect us from the tropical rain we managed to get into an auto and reach home. My mother in law had no clue that we had stepped out in the rain, but when we reached home drenched in the down pour, she quickly asked us to dry ourselves and she disappeared into the kitchen. It is under such a cold and rainy day, I tasted the pepper avil that she served me in a bowl. It was such a perfect thing to enjoy in that weather. I enjoyed it so much that I make it often. Today, I made it for my Amma for lunch and here is the recipe that my mother in law shared with me.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Poha/ Avil / Beaten Rice - 2 cups
Udad Dal - 2 tsp
Asafoetida - a small bit
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Freshly Ground Pepper - 1 1/2 tsp
Red Dry Chillies - 2
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Coconut - 2 tsp
Curry Leaves - a few
Water - 4 sprinkles
Oil - 1 tbsp
1. Heat the frying pan with some oil.
2. Add the avil to a colander, give it a rinse and set it on the counter.
3. Add asafoetida, allow it to fry well in the oil.
4. Add mustard seeds, allow them to pop, add udad dal and get it lightly toasted.
5. Add cumin and pepper powder, red dry chillies, curry leaves and coconut. Give it a toss.
6. Add the avil and salt, give it a toss. Sprinkle 2 fists of water, cover and allow it to steam on low flame for a minute. Add 2 more sprinkles of water.