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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Malabar Aval Milkshake

This post has been in my drafts for the past two years. I tried this milkshake as soon as I saw it on PJ's blog and again the day after for my son and many more times later. A proof of how much I liked it. This is an unusual milkshake made with aval (poha aka flattened rice) and is supposedly a popular drink in the Malabar region of Kerala, a south Indian state. I can guess why. It was like a banana milkshake taken to another level by topping it with crisp toasted flattened rice flakes and peanuts. 

The crunchy rice flakes and peanuts add an interesting and contrasting texture to the otherwise smooth shake. While the texture of this drink was what made it appealing to me,  surprisingly it had an opposite reaction on my son who is otherwise an ardent lover of milkshakes. And so, I suppose it is not everyone's cup of shake. 😊

1 tsp. ghee
2 tbsp. poha / flattened rice 
1 small banana
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 cup chilled milk
1 tbsp. toasted and skinned peanut halves

* Heat ghee in a pan and add peanuts. Toast them until they turn golden brown. Remove them with a slotted spoon and transfer onto a plate.
* Now add the flattened rice to the same pan and toast on low flame until the flakes turn crisp. Take care not to burn them.
* Chop the banana into discs and roughly mash the pieces with the back of a spoon. (We don't need banana puree here and so don't go grabbing the blender.) Add sugar to the banana and mix well.
* Take a tall serving glass and add the mashed banana to it. Sprinkle half of the fried flattened rice and half the peanuts over the banana. Pour the chilled milk over it.
* Garnish it with the remaining flattened rice and peanuts. Serve immediately.



Srivalli said...

Oh that many times surely means kids love it! we often make aval with milk but adding banana and topping it with peanut is a great way to enjoy this..the pictures are so inviting Suma.

Suma Gandlur said...

I thought about sweetened milk poha too when I read about this shake. However it tastes differently since poha is crispy here instead because it is not allowed to soak in milk.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

It's quiet popular in Malabar regions.I remember my sister's MIL,have it on fasting days.The toasted peanuts and poha makes a nice crunch to the milkshake.

Harini R said...

That is such an easy to make milkshake and if the kids like it, You will hear no complaints from me. I have to try it as I am fond of milk shakes and also poha. Whether the kids take a liking to it depends on their mood :)

Rafeeda AR said...

For the first time in my life, I tasted this from the shop from where it was born... VH Kottakkal... I ended up having two... now they have the plain as well as special version which has a scoop of ice cream and extra nuts... It is amazing how such simple ingredients come together to become such an amazing dish... yours looks really tempting!

Sharmila Mathes said...

OMG!! I am drooling right away. It makes the shake so rich by toasting the aval in ghee till crispy.

sushma said...

Aval milkshake looks so good. Must be a healthy and filling one.

Pavani N said...

That is such a simple and delicious banana poha milkshake. Looks great and so easy to make.

Priya Suresh said...

Quite a popular dish, and my kids enjoy this milkshake, i love to some nuts to bring some nuttiness, however this shake is a pure bliss.

Michel Frost said...

New ingredients (rice and peanut) to make banana milkshake more interesting and tasty. That's really amazing. In my whole life first time i see this recipe. Too much excitement to try this.

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Gayathri Kumar said...

That is a quite unusual type of milkshake. The Poha and peanuts do add a nice contrast in texture. Will try this for my daughter..

Code2cook said...

surely this will taste yummy, kind of kheer to me. chilled will taste awesome. loved this recipe.

Chef Mireille said...

never before tried a milkshake with poha and I have a big bag of it in the pantry - I definitely will be planning this one!