18 January, 2019
Upminsinkai Aralittu|Jowar Popcorn Flour in Curd Sauce
Aralittu or jowar popcorn flour is a popular snack in Hubli-Dharwad region light on the stomach yet filling it is enjoyed by all even toddlers, adults and the aged.
Dharwad, my hometown is a district headquarters of Dharwad District we have a lot of heritage buildings. Recently there was a heritage walk organised and how I wished I could attend it. Like all towns, Dharwad has changed quite a bit from what I knew it to be. However, a few of the pictures are what I recollect and these pictures are taken by Shreyank Hiremath my friend Sanjeev’s son. Thanks a lot, Shreyank.
We Dharwadians will never say no to mirchi bhaji, kanda bhaji, chakali, kadboli and of course dharwad peda. All in all we enjoy food weather lunch or dinner or snack we live to eat!
The aralu jwala as it is called in Dharwad need to be boiled then dried thoroughly before popping the seeds. A long and time consuming process, I tried once and got bored and threw out all the seeds and so now I buy the ready flour.
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The making of a snack with
To make the sweet version you heat milk and add a big dollop of ghee, add enough jaggery/sugar and stir till the jaggery melts. Then add aralittu mix well and serve immediately.
In my place as sweet is not appreciated I make the savoury version called Upminsinkai Aralittu. Lets us get down to making Upminsinkai Aralittu and enjoy our Elevenses.
- Serves: 2 people
- Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 5 minutes
- 2-3 upinmensinkai or chillies stuffed and dried
- 2 tbsp oil
- ¼ tsp mustard
- A pinch of hing
- 2 green chillies chopped
- 1 cup curds
- 1 cup water + a little more
- 1-¼ cup Aralittu about
- Salt to taste
- Beat the curds with water. The curds must be smooth and there should be no lumps.
- Break the upimensikai in smaller bits. You can use the full chilli too but then the oil needed to deep fry them is too much.
- In a small kadhai/wok heat the oil.
- Once the oil is hot fry the chillies till crisp on both sides.
- Strain and set aside.
- In the hot oil add the mustard seeds and let then splutter. Add the hing and switch off the gas.
- Add to the beaten curds.
- Add salt to taste stir well.
- Now add the green chillies and the aralittu. Remember you can always increase the amount of flour. The flour absorbs a lot of liquids.
- Adjust the seasonings, adjust the consistency of the flour.
- Add the fried chillies, add coriander leaves. I have added some pumpkin seeds and sunflower seed and some red chilli powder too.
- Enjoy with a beverage of your choice. Here I have served it with watermelon juice.