Bajil bella tarai (in Tulu literally means beaten rice or poha, jaggery, coconut) is a sweet dish eaten as breakfast in the Tulunadu region.. It is a tasty no-cook breakfast dish that can be prepared in 15 minutes. The end result is a slightly chewy and filling dish that will satisfy any early morning or afternoon sweet cravings – thanks to the jaggery.
Ingredients to prepare Bajil bella-tharai
4 cups thin bajil or poha or avalakki
1 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup jaggery, powdered / grated
1 tablespoon ghee
1 tablespoon black seeds, roasted
Salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
Tip : Use thin bajil for this dish. If only thick bajil is available, give it a good rinse to soften it.
Method to prepare Bajil bella-tharai
- Sprinkle water on the thin bajil to soften it. Mix well so that it is evenly moist.
- Don’t soak it in water as it may become soggy.
- In a bowl, add powdered jaggery, grated coconut, salt and cardamom powder. Mix well.
- Add poha along with ghee and sesame seeds and mix well using hands (preferably) or a spoon to combine the mixture.
- Serve and enjoy with a glass of tea or coffee.
This breakfast dish goes excellently well along with banana pieces squeezed in with each bite. This bajil bella-tharai dish is garnished with roasted cashew nuts and raisins when prepared for special prasadam offerings.
You can check out other interesting recipes unique to the region here.