Rice flakes recipes for Janmashtami

Coming to south India Janmashtami (Gokulashtami/Krishnan Jayanthi)will feature recipes made with rice flakes.
The birth of Krishna is celebrated with the distribution of sweets and savoruess made at home. Along with all the offerings of sweet and savouries, you will find rice flakes, butter and milk offered to the god. In addition, there will at least be a simple version where these red or white rice flakes are used to form some tasty treat.

Why is rice flakes associate with this festival?

It is from mythology we learn that Krishna was so good of hand-pounded rice. The legend goes that his best friend Kuchela at his wretched levels of poverty had gone to see him with a few handfuls of aval wrapped in a towel.
Krishna, who at that time ruled Mathura and had Lakshmi Devi(goddess of wealth)as his wife received and entertained his dear old friend with love and affection. When Kuchela offered the humble aval, Krishna took three handfuls and ate them. With these three handfuls of rice flakes, he bestowed riches upon his poor friend and family that they never had a hungry moment after.
This is the same reason aval is offered… To receive blessings.
Here are a few ways you can please this ever smiling flute loving god of the masses.

Aval nanachathu

An easy recipe for jaggery sweetened rice flakes with fresh coconut pounded in…
Sweet rice flakes

Aval nanachathu

Gopal Kala

A simple delicious combination of yoghurt soaked and tempered rice flakes on a savoury note.

Rice flakes in yogurt sauce

Doodh pavva

A quick version of kheer, with hand-pounded rice flakes soaked in warm milk and topped with jaggery syrup.
Doodh pauva, Rice flakes delicacy.

Doodh pauva, Rice flakes delicacy.

Dahi Chura

Fruit salad style rice flakes made even more delicious with yoghurt sauce.
yogurt and rice flakes dessert

Sweet rice flakes in yoghurt

Jolada avalakki mixture

A spicy fix for all the sweetness loaded with nuts is made in a low oil version. Make the same with rice flakes.
South indian mixture

Sorghum flakes in spicy nutty trail mix

More treats

In addition to these, you can make any number of treats for Janmashtami
Here are some  more I plan to do
What are your favourites for this  Janmashtami festival day?
Don’t miss to update us as we all learn from each other.
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Vanitha Bhat

Lovely collection of poha dishes!! Perfect timing! Bookmarking this for always!


Thank you for sharing a little background on rice flakes. It’s interesting to know. Some of these dishes look really good!

Sujata Roy

Awesome collection for Shri Krishna Janmashtami. You combined all the recipes so beautifully. Great share 😊

Priya Suresh

Ultimate collection Seema, am sure these janmashtami recipes will be very handy for the festival.

Mayuri Patel

A lovely collection of rice flake recipes. While I’ve tasted some or made some,gopalkala and colada avakkali are new to me. Happy Janamashtami Seema.


Wonderful collection of recipes and very interesting background information! I think the spicy mix with nuts would be my most favourite one.

Soma Mukherjee

Wow such a lovely collection of sweet and savouries for Janmashtami festival loved the detailed write up .


Such a lovely and exotic collection ….many of them are quite new to me. Would love to try them the coming festive season. Thanks for such a beautiful share!!

Nandita Gupta

What an array of dishes for janmashtmi. I only knew about a couple of these but here is a god number of variety.


Wonderful collection of recipes for Gokulashtami. All the dishes are so inviting, this post would be really helpful for budding cooks.

Poonam Bachhav

Such an inviting collection of rice flakes recipes Seema ! Happy Janmashtami to you. Your post would certainly have helped in planning for the festivity

Ritu Tangri

You have a good collection of poha recipes… Simple yet good…. Bookmarking some to try soon


Such tempting clicks, who would not want this on Janmashtami day. Awesome share


This is a beautiful collection of recipes. Perfect for the festival. Rice flake is really versatile to make many things out of it.


What a beautiful collection of poha recipes, I can imagine Krishna having this dishes and of course me too! Just simple to make yet delicious results.