Sihi Avalakki, Goda Phovu or God Pohe - Krishna Janmashtami, Gokulashtami, Krishna Jayanti Naivedyam and Prasadam

Sihi Avalakki, God Pohe or Goda Phovu – Krishna Jayanti, Gokulashtami or Krishnashtami Recipe

For many years, a group of us sang at a local Krishna temple on Gokulashtami. We still sing at this temple; only the day has changed. We now sing for Tulsi Vivah that marks the end of Diwali. After the concert, we are invited over for special blessing by the head priest and the prasadam is always Sihi Avalakki (aka God Pohe or Goda Phovu). We also get a very generous amount and often, I have it as a meal by itself. 🙂

Not only is this dish a naivedyam for Krishna Jayanti, it is also a great breakfast or simple snack. It gets done easily and tastes great; the best part is that it involves no cooking at all.

You will find more recipes for Krishna Prasadam at Krishna Jayanti, Gokulashtami or Krishnashtami Naivedyam Recipes.

Serves: 4

Time: 10 Minutes


  1. Thin or Patal Pohe – 2 Cups
  2. Grated Jaggery – 3 tbsp
  3. Grated Fresh Coconut – 2/3 Cup
  4. Ghee – 1/2 tsp
  5. Green Cardamom – 3 or 4
  6. Banana – 1/2 (Optional)
  7. Salt – A Pinch

How to Make Sihi Avalakki, God Pohe or Goda Phovu

  1. Peel the green cardamom and pound the seeds to a fine powder.
  2. If you are using banana, cut into 1/4″ pieces.
  3. In a vessel, mix the grated jaggery, grated coconut, ghee, and cardamom powder.
  4. Ensure that all the ingredients are well-blended.
    Sihi Avalakki or God Pohe in the Making
  5. Add the poha and mix well with a light hand.
  6. If you are using banana, add it and mix well.
  7. Let the Sihi Avalakki, God Pohe or Goda Phovu rest for 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Offer as naivedyam as serve as prasadam.
God Pohe, Godasu Phovu, Sihi Avalakki - Krishnatami Recipe
God Pohe, Godasu Phovu, Sihi Avalakki


  • Do not add water or any liquid. The jaggery has enough moisture to soften the Pohe.
  • Let the Sihi Avalakki rest and it will soften a bit. The more you let it rest, the softer it will become. By nature, God Pohe are not very soft.



  1. I love the combination of Jaggery and coconut, Aruna. I had never added a banana to this recipe. Great idea. will definitely try it. In our konkani families, the gul pohe are also offered to the Gods and eaten on Diwali day

      1. I believe it is because of the rice harvest at the time. Also back in the old days the Diwali snacks and sweets were prepared at Ganapati time.

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