Flattened Rice Recipe (Poha): A Beloved Indian Snack

Updated on June 6, 2020
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Supriya is a homemaker who is passionate about cooking. She loves to share her recipes with the world.

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.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a pan. Fry the peanuts over medium heat till they turn golden and crunchy. Set aside.
  2. To the same pan add the black mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add the curry leaves and chopped onions.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the tomato, green chillies, and fennel seed powder (sauf powder). Stir well over medium heat.
  5. 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.
  6. Add the rinsed poha and peanuts and stir well for 2 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well. Cover with a lid for 1 minute.
  8. Serve hot as a snack or for breakfast with tea.

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Chopped onions, chopped carrot, chopped cauliflower florets, chopped tomato, and green chillies.Add oil to a pan. Fry the peanuts till they become crunchy. Set aside.To the same pan add black mustard seeds and curry leaves. When it starts spluttering, add chopped onion.Add chopped tomato, green chillies, and fennel seed powder. Stir.Add washed poha and peanuts. Stir well over medium heat.Turn off the heat and add lemon juice.
Chopped onions, chopped carrot, chopped cauliflower florets, chopped tomato, and green chillies.
Chopped onions, chopped carrot, chopped cauliflower florets, chopped tomato, and green chillies.
Add oil to a pan. Fry the peanuts till they become crunchy. Set aside.
Add oil to a pan. Fry the peanuts till they become crunchy. Set aside.
To the same pan add black mustard seeds and curry leaves. When it starts spluttering, add chopped onion.
To the same pan add black mustard seeds and curry leaves. When it starts spluttering, add chopped onion.
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Add chopped tomato, green chillies, and fennel seed powder. Stir.
Add chopped tomato, green chillies, and fennel seed powder. Stir.
Add washed poha and peanuts. Stir well over medium heat.
Add washed poha and peanuts. Stir well over medium heat.
Turn off the heat and add lemon juice.
Turn off the heat and add lemon juice.

Notes

  • 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.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Flattened Rice Recipe (Poha)

© 2020 Supriyasharma

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    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      5 weeks ago from Malaysia

      Oh really.... Thank you @Abhishek

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      Abhishek 

      5 weeks ago

      Very nice...feels same taste when I was in jaipur

    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      8 weeks ago from Malaysia

      @Liza yes, the curry leaves adds flavour..Thanks for the appreciation!

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      Liza 

      2 months ago from USA

      I love Indian snack especially when it has curry leaves and peanuts. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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      Ankesh Singh 

      2 months ago from Kuala Lumpur

      Nice and easy breakfast!

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      Ragini 

      2 months ago

      Healthy and light breakfast/snack.. Thanks!

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