Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Poha (Flattened Rice)

Poha (flattened rice or beaten dehusked rice) is fried with potato, green peas and spices.

  • Wash the poha in water. Drain it to remove excess of water, keep aside.
  • Heat oil and add mustard seeds, after they stop spluttering, add peanuts, curry leaves, chopped onions, potatoes and peas.
  • Saute for few minutes, then add chopped green chilies, salt and turmeric powder.
  • Cook till they are done. Add the poha, coriander leaves and stir.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Serve in a dish, garnished with remaining coriander leaves.

Do You Know?
Poha or Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids.
The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain.
This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across India and Bangladesh, and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food in a variety of Indian cuisine styles,
Flattened rice can be eaten raw by immersing it in plain water or milk, with salt and sugar to taste, or lightly fried in oil with nuts, raisins, cardamoms, and other spices.

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