Flattened Rice Recipe (Poha): A Beloved Indian Snack
What Is Poha?
A much-loved snack in India, poha is rice that has been flattened into flat, light, dry flakes. When added to hot or cold liquids, the rice flakes swell as they absorb water. In Maharashtrian, poha means flattened or beaten rice.
The perfect balance of taste and nutrition, poha is a high-carbohydrate, low-fat meal that can be prepared in minutes.
- 2 cups poha (flattened or beaten rice), medium to thick
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds (brassica nigra)
- 5-6 curry leaves
- 10-15 peanuts
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower florets
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste
- Add oil to a pan. Fry the peanuts over medium heat till they turn golden and crunchy. Set aside.
- To the same pan add the black mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add the curry leaves and chopped onions.
- Saute till the mixture becomes golden brown. Add cauliflower, carrots, salt, and turmeric. Stir for 1 minute till the mixture becomes a little soft or turns light pink in color.
- Add the tomato, green chillies, and fennel seed powder (sauf powder). Stir well over medium heat.
- Rinse the poha in a strainer under running water until it becomes soft. To check if it’s done, press a flake with your hand between your thumb and index finger. It should break easily. Make sure that you do not rinse it too much or else it will break and become mushy.
- Add the rinsed poha and peanuts and stir well for 2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well. Cover with a lid for 1 minute.
- Serve hot as a snack or for breakfast with tea.
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- Always choose medium to thick poha. Avoid the thinner variety.
- Do not over-rinse or over-soak the poha, as it will become mushy.
- Add veggies of your choice to make it healthier.
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