5-Minute Sweet Beaten Rice / Bajil Bella Tarai

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Looking for easy breakfast ideas?  This sweet beaten rice dish (bajil bella tarai or sweet aval / attukulu), made from flattened rice, jaggery, and coconut, will not disappoint. It is a delightful no-cook breakfast dish that comes together in 5 minutes.

two steel plates with sweet flattened rice accompanied by a glass of tea
Bajil Bella Tarai

If you haven’t heard of this Mangalorean sweet dish before, bajil bella tarai is made by mixing together poha (bajil), jaggery (bella), and grated coconut (tarai). Ghee, cardamom powder, and a pinch of salt are then added to amplify the flavor.

The end result is a slightly chewy and filling dish that will satisfy any early morning or afternoon sweet cravings – thanks to the jaggery.

It is not only a popular breakfast/snack dish in Mangalore, but other parts of Southern India also have their own versions called sweet aval, or attukulu. 

How to make bajil bella tarai recipe in 5 minutes

My mom and grandmom used freshly grated coconut and jaggery, which took about 15-20 minutes. Thankfully for us, we not only get frozen coconut but also powdered jaggery in Indian stores which makes putting together this recipe a breeze. 

You just have to gather the ingredients and mix them – it is that easy!

A steel bowl with grated coconut, powdered jaggery and cardamom powder
Ingredients for bajil bella tarai

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Bajil Bella Tarai served in a steel plate
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Sweet Beaten Rice / Bajil Bella Tarai

Looking for easy breakfast ideas?  This sweet beaten rice dish (bajil bella tarai or sweet aval / attukulu) made from flattened rice, jaggery, and coconut will not disappoint. It is a delightful no-cook breakfast dish that comes together in 5 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle water on the thin poha to soften it. Mix well so that it is evenly moist. Note – Don't soak it in water, we want the poha to have some crunch to it.
  • If using frozen coconut, microwave it for about 30 seconds to thaw it completely.
  • To a bowl, add powdered jaggery, grated coconut, salt, and cardamom powder. (if using) Mix well.
  • Add poha along with ghee and sesame seeds (if using) and mix well using hands (preferably) or a spoon to combine the mixture.
  • Serve and enjoy with a glass of tea or coffee.

Notes

Tip
  1. Use thin poha for this recipe. You can use it as is but I prefer to make it a little softer but sprinkling water on it or giving it a quick rinse. 
  2. If thick poha is all you have then give it a good rinse to soften it. 
  3. Don’t forget the salt, it makes the flavors all come together. 
Variations
Bajil upkari –  To make bajil upkari, you just add the tempering to this bajil Bella tarai mixture.  The steps are noted below. 
You’ll need ghee (1 teaspoon), mustard seeds (1/2 teaspoon), and curry leaves (6-8) to this dish for the tempering. The process involves – 
  1. Heat ghee in a tadka pan kept over medium heat and add mustard seeds.
  2. When it starts to crackle, add curry leaves and turn off the gas in about 10 seconds.
  3. Add this tempering to the prepared poha, jaggery and coconut mixture along with 2 teaspoons of Kundapur masala powder and mix well. 
Don’t forget to..Read the post for helpful information on ingredient swaps, storage tips, meal prep ideas and variations!

Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 4gSugar: 27gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Diet: Vegetarian
Course: Breakfast
Method: No cook
Keyword: Attukulu, Aval, Poha, Sweetened
Cuisine: Mangalorean

This post was first published on April 4, 2014, and completely updated with pictures and text on June 14, 2020. 

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10 Comments

  1. Sweet aval is very native to Kerala…eaten in accompaniment with black coffee, mashed bananas or just alone.

  2. It tastes much better if you melt the jaggery and cook the cardamom in it for a while and then mix the bajil
    Also don’t wash it before cooking it’s pointless and it makes it soggy

    1. Hi there! A quick rinse of the poha softens it up but doesn’t make it soggy especially when you are using thick poha. This is how my mum/grandmom used to make it. I would love to experiment with melting the jaggery and adding cardamom to it – thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Anushree im so glad I found your blog. Bajil is still my favorite snack ( and so is my husbands) I make the savory variety with upma. Love all your recipes, specially the traditional Bunt ones πŸ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    Away from home over 2 years now. Thanks to your simple recipe Anushree, I got back the taste of my hometown in less than 5 mins. Having yummy bajil while I write this comment πŸ˜‰

  5. Hi Anu, this recipe reminded me of my childhood days, we get the same as prasad at native place.

    Yummy recipe.

    Thanx for posting such an authentic recipe, which usually some of the ppl know to prepare.

    1. Hi Jayshree – Thank you for stopping by :). You are welcome. Last time I stopped by our ancestral temple, they gave Bajil as prasad as well.

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