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I made this simple sweet poha dish along with lemon rice for my daughter’s birthday. Recently I made a sweet dish poha and jaggery, but that one is more like a payasam but this one is a dry-ish preparation.

This dish can be made in no time, getting the jaggery to melt is the only time consuming part. I used powdered jaggery to make things easy for me, if you are using regular jaggery, then make sure to powder it well. Also using fresh grated coconut is important because dried or frozen coconut is too dry for this dish.

Any type of poha can be used, thick or thin. If you are using thick poha, then soak in water a little longer to soften otherwise a quick rinse is enough. I think next time I make this dish, I’ll use red poha to see how it tastes.

Recipe adapted from here and here:

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Sihi Bella Yum
A quick and easy dessert made with flattened rice or poha and jaggery.
Sihi Bella
Course dessert
Cuisine karnataka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Poha Thin
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Fresh , grated plus more for topping
  • 1/3 cup Jaggery powder
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • 1 tbsp Cashews , chopped
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds
Course dessert
Cuisine karnataka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Poha Thin
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Fresh , grated plus more for topping
  • 1/3 cup Jaggery powder
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • 1 tbsp Cashews , chopped
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds
Sihi Bella
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut with jaggery, cardamom and mix well; set aside for 20~30 minutes. As the mixture sits, jaggery will dissolve and coat the coconut.
  2. Rinse poha in a sieve and set aside. Make sure there's not much water left in the poha, but keep it moistened to soften it.
  3. Dry roast the sesame seeds until golden.
  4. Roast cashews and raisins in 2tsp ghee until golden.
  5. Add the coconut-jaggery mixture to the poha along with sesame seeds and roasted nuts. Mix gently to combine. Sprinkle with more grated coconut and serve. Enjoy!!
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11 thoughts on “Sihi Bella (Sweet Poha with Jaggery)”

  1. this brings back memories of janmashtami and in kannada its called Sihi Bella 🙂 Vella Aval i think is a tamil name :)) lovely pics as usual !

  2. One of my favorite dishes. Hope your little one had a great birthday.I don’t think this dish is called sihi bella in Kannada since that means sweet jaggery. It is called sihi avalakki / gul pohe which means sweetened poha.

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