Homemade Muesli with Avals

Muesli anyone?

Sometime back I got into a phase of wanting to eat muesli after enjoying a new brand of muesli. As we have gone off milk since about 7 years, with that went out muesli, oats and cornflakes.So I thought why not try rice and millet muesli. Since rice and millet avals are like oats in consistency they would be a good replacement for oats, except that oats keeps for longer without going rancid…

Avals become Muesli

This is how the experiment went. The ingredients used are : 50 gms each of nattu kambu aval (pearl millet flakes), irumbu solam aval ( red sorghum flakes), mappilai samba rice aval ( red rice flakes), 25 gms of almonds chopped ( badam) , 25 gms of raisins ( dry grapes), 25 or 50 gms of white sesame. The sesame quantity can be same as avals if you like the taste of sesame and want a big calcium boost. Of course once  you like the result you can always make a bigger batch, so that all the effort is not eaten up in 3 days.

These can be interchangeably used with any millet aval – foxtail ( thinai), little (samai), finger millet (ragi), barnyard ( kuthiraivali) or kodo( varagu) aval ( flakes). The mappilai Samba rice aval can be replaced with any red/black thick aval ( Aval karuppu kavuni).

I roasted the the two millet avals together till they felt crisp with a spoon of organic coconut oil, roasted the Mappilai Samba rice aval, which retained its chewy texture ( making it mimic oats) and roasted the sesame and the chopped almonds, again separately using a spoon of organic coconut oil, mixed all the roasted ingredients along with raisins. The team tried out this mueseli  with milk with three different sweeteners: organic nattu sakkarai ( raw cane sugar), cacao nibs ( natural roasted cacao nibs are available)  and organic honey.  After the mixture cools down put it in a steel or glass container and refrigerate. ( I am told by my young friend that she makes a syrup of raw cane sugar or palm jaggery and stirs the roasted ingredients in it and lets the sticky mixture cool and then stores it.)

Home made muesli with avals, dry fruits & nuts

It could keep a few days outside, beyond that it is best to refrigerate. The advantages; it is a quick and easy breakfast; contains all healthy ingredients and you can sweeten it as you like. Make it a fun activity for your children to make their own muesli. The disadvantage is that we have to actually prepare it instead of picking it up from a store shelf, but I am sure we can overcome it .

So here is another healthy organic breakfast with avals!

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