Gopalkala

It’s been a while since I have blogged. MIA? AWOL? I’ve been both, but it sure feels good to be back. I am making Gopalkala today in honor of Krishna. Last year it was Kalakand but this year it had to be something easy to make.  So, gopalkala it is. A very simple yet delicious treat.  It is very much like the south indian curd-rice except that this is made with poha.  If you like rice and  yoghurt, a  bowl of this prasad will find you a contented soul.

1/2 cup poha/avalakki, washed and then soaked in 1/4 cup water for at least an hour
2 cups yogurt
1/4 tea spoon salt
1/4 tea spoon sugar
2 green chilies, chopped into big pieces
1/2 tea spoon urad dal
1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
1 sprig curry leaves
1/4 tea spoon grated ginger
1/4 tea spoon cumin seeds
1/2 tea spoon mustard seeds

When ready to make:
1. Heat 2 tea spoon of oil in a small pan.
2. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. After they splutter, reduce the heat to
low and add cumin seeds, ginger paste, green chilies, urad dal and curry leaves.
3. Stir fry for about a minute and add this oil-spice mixture (vaghar) to poha.
4. Add salt, sugar, coconut, and yoghurt to poha and mix well. Adjust salt to your taste.