Gopalkala Recipe – A traditional Maharashtrian savory dish made with flattened rice, yogurt, cucumber and spices. An authentic recipe for Janmashtami or Gokulashtami.
What is gopalkala?
Gopalkala is a traditional Maharashtrian dish made with poha (flattened rice), yogurt, cucumber and spices. It is usually made during an Indian festival called “Gokulashtami or Krishnashtami”. It is a healthy and no-cook dish that can be made in a few minutes and served as a breakfast or snack.
Gopalkala is very similar South Indian Thayir Aval / Atukula Daddojanam, where we don’t use cucumber, coconut and roasted gram or bhuna chana. It is one of the popular naivedyam or prasad recipes offered to lord Krishna during the festival of Janmashtami / Gokulashtami.
Why we love this recipe:
It is an easy no-cook dish
Takes 10 minutes to make.
Can be made during festivals.
Perfect for arranging breakfast at the snap of a finger.
What kind of poha can be used?
Medium thick poha works best for this recipe. If you want to use thick variety of poha, soak it in water for 5-10 minutes. Once poha softens, drain water completely. I don’t recommend using thin variety of poha.
How to make vegan gopalkala?
Use plant-based yogurt and swap ghee with oil to make vegan-friendly gopalkala.
How long can I store it for?
It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, you will need to thin it out with some yogurt or milk before serving as poha tends to thicken quickly.
Serve gopalkala chilled or at room temperature.
Serve it as a snack or breakfast dish.
Do not use sour curd or yogurt. Make sure the yogurt is fresh for a better taste.
To adjust the consistency of gopalkala, add a little more yogurt or some milk.
You can skip adding roasted gram if you don’t have them or replace it with roasted peanuts.
You can also add a handful of chopped bananas or apples.
Few More Festival Recipes on the blog:
- Cheruku Rasam Pongali
- Sweet Ammini Kozhukattai
- Kayi Holige
- Talalele Modak
- Singhara Halwa
- Godhuma Kudumulu
- Bellam Thalikalu
If you are looking for more Krishnashtami Recipes then check the below recipes:
Step by step instructions:
- Measure the medium thick poha or beaten rice and add them to a bowl.
- Rinse the poha with water and drain completely.
- Keep it aside for a few minutes.
- Take the measured yogurt to a mixing bowl.
- Wash, peel and chop the cucumber into small pieces and add them to the yogurt.
- Add the rinsed and softened poha to it.
- Add pomegranate, salt, sugar, roasted gram, grated fresh coconut and coriander leaves to it.
- Give it a mix to combine well.
- Heat a teaspoon ghee in a small pan and add the cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
- Add the finely chopped ginger, green chillies and hing.
- Saute for a few seconds and turn off the heat.
- Add the seasoned ingredients to the prepared poha mixture.
- Mix well and serve immedietely.
How to make gopalkala recipe video below:
Gopalkala Recipe – Traditional Maharashtrian Recipe for Janmashtami
- ½ cup Medium Thick Poha
- ½ cup Yogurt
- ¼ cup Chopped Cucumber
- 2 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut
- 2 tbsp Pomegranate
- ½ tsp Sugar
- 2 tbsp Roasted Gram
- 2 tbsp Coriander Leaves
- 1 tsp Ghee
- ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
- ½ tsp Chopped Ginger
- 1 Green Chilli, chopped
- A pinch of Hing
- Salt to taste
- Wash poha with plenty of water and drain the water completely. Keep it aside for a few minutes.
- Add yogurt, chopped cucumber, rinsed poha, roasted gram, pomegranate, salt, sugar and fresh coconut in a mixing bowl.
- Mix everything well and set aside.
- Heat a teaspoon of ghee in a pan for seasoning.
- Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
- Add the finely chopped ginger, green chillies and hing to it and saute for a few seconds.
- Turn off the flame and pour the tempered ingredients over the prepared poha-yogurt mixture.
- Combine until well combined.
- Serve as a snack or breakfast!
Nutrition values are estimates only.