Curd-Poha/ Thair -Aval

At a time when we want an easy to do breakfast on rushed days or a delicious snack on a sultry afternoon- with both spice and health – a go to option is the Curd Poha – a delicacy with a lingering flavor of the temples of South India. This can just as easily be converted into a main course with a hearty salad on the side – easy to do, easy on the palate and oh! so easy on health!

Curd-Poha/ Thair -Aval

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 People


  • Thick Poha (rice flakes)- 3 cups or 100 gm
  • Curds- 1 ½ cup (300 gms)
  • Milk- 4tbsp (60ml)
  • Peanuts/Cashewnuts-1 tbsp (15 gms)
  • Chia seeds- ½ tsp (Previously soaked for some time)
  • Curry leaves-6-7 nos, finely chopped
  • Green chili-1, slit
  • Dry red chili-1-2 broken
  • Ginger-1/4 tsp grated
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal-1 tsp
  • Pepper corns crushed-6-7
  • Hing- a few pinches
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Fresh pomegranate seeds-1 tbsp (15 gms)
  • Cucumber- 1 tbsp peel, chop (15gms)
  • Apple-1tbsp, chop (15gms)
  • Fresh coriander leaves 1 tbsp chopped
  • Salt -to taste
  • Sugar-1 tsp optional
  • Oil/Ghee-2 tsp


  • Wash and soak the thick poha in water for a few minutes, drain in a strainer and keep aside
  • In a big bowl, blend the curd with milk, salt and sugar and keep aside
  • Heat oil in a vagar or tempering  spoon or small pan, fry the nuts and keep aside
  • To the oil, next add mustard seeds, urad dal, slit chili, dry chili, grated ginger, crushed peppercorns, hing and curry leaves
  • Take the vagar spoon away from flame and add the turmeric powder, quickly pour the vagar in to the curds and mix well
  • Add the fried nuts and soaked chia seeds to the curd and adjust the seasoning
  • Mix in the washed poha and add the fresh pomegranate seeds, chopped apple, cucumber and garnish with chopped coriander leaves
  • Bits of other seasonal fruits like grapes, tomatoes etc may be added if you desire.

Recipe Highlights:

  • Poha or Avval or rice flakes is a good source of carbohydrates that is gluten free and easy to digest, it also contains a number of micronutrients, B vitamins along with iron and antioxidants
  • Curds is an excellent source of good quality protein and calcium, and an immune boosting probiotic 
  • Fruits like fresh pomegranate, apples etc are a rich source of anti-oxidants, vitamins and promote immunity
  • Curry leaves, coriander leaves, Chia seeds provide micro nutrients that boost immunity
  • Turmeric contains curcumin which is also an immunity enhancer 
  • This recipe can be eaten as breakfast/lunch or Brunch, is quick and easy to make with minimal cooking.
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