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Traditional South Indian Breakfast Dish
Masala poha (spiced flattened rice) served with upma makes an excellent breakfast, and in South Indian restaurants, it is a very popular breakfast option. Poha means flattened rice in Hindi.
To make masala poha, we mix flattened rice with spices and a flavorful tempering. The crunchy flattened rice flakes, the spices, and the crispy white lentils in the tempering blend nicely to create a very tasty and satisfying dish.
Making this recipe easy and quick. No prior planning is needed, and if you don't happen to have upma on hand, you can enjoy the masala poha on its own. Serve it with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
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- 3 heaped cups flattened rice, extra thin variety
- 3-4 red chilies, broken
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- Small piece tamarind
- 1 teaspoon jaggery or jaggery powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons mustard seeds, 1/4 teaspoon for the masala and 1 teaspoon for the tempering
- 2 pinches hing (asafoetida) powder
- 2-3 tablespoons grated coconut
- A few curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon white lentils (urad dal)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 2 teaspoons oil, coconut oil preferred
- Heat a very small amount of oil in a small pan. Add cumin seeds and coriander seeds. Saute them for a few seconds.
- Add the broken dry red chilies. Saute for 4-6 seconds. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a mixer jar.
- Add the mustard seeds, tamarind, jaggery, half of the grated coconut, and salt to the mixer. Grind to get a coarse paste.
- Remove the prepared paste and add it to a large mixing bowl. Add flattened rice. Set aside.
- Make the tempering: Heat the remaining oil in a small pan. Throw in the mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
- Add the white lentils and curry leaves. Saute the mixture until the lentils become golden brown.
- Add hing (asafoetida) powder. Mix well. Turn off the heat and add the tempering to the bowl containing the flattened rice and the masala. Add the remaining grated coconut.
- Gently mix the ingredients, so that the flattened rice blends well with the spices and the tempering. At this point, check for taste and add more salt if needed.
- Serve with a cup of hot coffee or tea. You can also enjoy it with upma for breakfast. This combination makes an excellent breakfast.