Bajil upkari | Mangalore style spicy avalakki

Bajil is a Mangalore style spicy poha / avalakki recipe, which is a popular breakfast/ snack dish from Mangalore that can be prepared in 5 minutes. It is usally paired with Mangalore style sajjige and the combo is known as sajjige bajil. This is a savoury version of bajil. I have also shared the recipe for Sweet poha which is a sweet version of it.

Poha is beaten rice/ rice flakes. There are different varieties of poha. For this recipe paper poha/ thin poha is used as there is no cooking at all. This is my mother in law’s recipe. In this recipe we have to make powder of dry chilly, coriander seeds & cumin seeds. Then add freshly grated coconut, salt & jaggery & finally tadka. Mix everything along with poha with hands to get the best flavour.

You can even use sambar powder instead of making powder of dry chilli, coriander seeds & cumin seeds. However the fresh masala gives a unique flavour to the bajil.

Time : 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

  • Poha/ avalakki / beaten rice – 2 cups , Thin/ paper poha
  • Byadagi chilli – 3
  • Corinader seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Jaggery – 3 tablespoons , grated
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coconut oil – 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds- 1/4 teaspoons
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Dry chilly – 1


  1. Grind byadagi chilli, coriander seeds & cumin powder to a corase powder.
  2. Add this to a mixing a bowl.
  3. Add coconut, jaggery, salt and mix well with hands.
  4. Then add poha/ avalakki and mix everything well with hands.
  5. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when pops add chilly and curry leaves. switch off the flame.
  6. Add this tempering to the mixed poha/ avalakki. Mix well.

Tasty & healthy Mangalore style bajil / spicy avalakki is ready. Serve it with tea or coffee and enjoy with your loved ones 🙂

Have a look at our other Mangalore special recipes collection!

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