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Flattened Rice / Poha / Aloo Poha / Kanda Batata Poha

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Flattened rice, commonly known as poha or chura in India, is one of the most popular breakfast consumed all over India. The fact it’s so easy to make and extremely light, this makes an excellent breakfast or even a great tea-time snack. Since, this is a very popular breakfast all over India, there are many variations to this recipe. Some recipes, use only onion and flattened rice, with some Indian spices. Wheres others, use combination of potatoes and sometimes even vegetables to make this yummy breakfast recipe.
Today, I am sharing my recipe for this simple and delicious breakfast or I must say anytime snack recipe. I usually make this recipe once or sometimes even twice a week. Enjoy this simple breakfast recipe with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Bonn appetite!

 

 

 

I like to add some roasted peanuts for that extra crunch. Also, a handful of fresh pomegranate seeds add a very refreshing taste to this dish. 

 

 

 

Flattened Rice / Poha / Aloo Poha / Kanda Batata Poha

Flattened rice, commonly known as poha or chura in India, is one of the most popular breakfast consumed all over India. This makes an excellent breakfast or even a great tea-time snack.
Course Breakfast, snacks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword flattened rice, poha, aloo poha, kanda batata poha
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

  • 2 cup thick flattened rice
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato chopped into small cubes(1/4 inch cube)
  • 1/4 cup raw peanuts optional
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 3 TBSP oil
  • 1/8 TSP asafoetida or hing
  • 1/2 TSP mustard seeds
  • 1 TSP cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig of fresh curry leaves 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 TSP turmeric powder
  • 1/2 TSP red chili powder as per taste
  • 1 TSP lemon juice as per taste
  • 1/4 cup of water as needed
  • Salt to taste

For Garnish:

  • Handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • Handful of fresh pomegranate seeds optional

Instructions

Instructions for Stove Top Cooking:

  • In a sieve add 2 cups of thick flattened rice, wash the rice under running water for few minutes. Let water drain completely, around 10-15 min. Now, the rice is ready to use in the recipe.
  • In a kadai/wok, add oil, when the oil is hot, add raw peanuts, fry the peanuts for few minutes, until light golden brown in color. Remove and keep it aside.
  • In the same oil, add asafoetida, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, saute for a min.
  • Add onions, curry leaves saute for a min. Now add potatoes, salt to taste. Mix well, cover and turn the heat to low. Cook covered until the potatoes are cooked, around 4-5 min.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, mix well. Add flattened rice, salt to taste, mix well. Sprinkle 3-4 TBSP of water, cover and cook for 5 min.
  • After 5 min, turn off the heat. Add fried peanuts, green chili, fresh coriander, lemon juice, mix well. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Instructions for Instant Pot Cooking:

  • In a sieve add 2 cups of thick flattened rice, wash the rice under running water for few minutes. Let water drain completely, around 10-15 min. Now, the rice is ready to use in the recipe.
  • Turn on saute mode, adjust the temperature to normal mode. When it displays HOT, add oil, add raw peanuts, fry the peanuts for few minutes, until light brown in color. Remove and keep it aside.
  • In the same oil, add asafoetida, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, saute for a min.
  • Add onions, curry leaves saute for a min. Now add potatoes, salt to taste, add 1/4 cup of water. Mix well. Change the temperature to less mode, using the adjust temperature function. Cover the pot with a lid (not IP lid). Cook covered until the potatoes are cooked, around 4-5 min. Check in-between.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, mix well. Add flattened rice, salt to taste, mix well. Sprinkle 2-4 TBSP of water, cover and cook for 3-4 min.
  • Turn off IDo not open the lid, keep it covered for 5 min. Before serving, add fried peanuts, green chili, fresh coriander, lemon juice, mix well. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  1. It's important to wash the flattened rice before use, it helps remove starch from the rice, and also helps soften the rice. I use a strainer or a sieve to wash the rice under running water, keep it aside for water to completely drain, around 10-15 min, before using it in the recipe.
  2. Choice of vegetables such as green peas, carrots, may also be added for more nutritious meal.
  3. Peanuts give a nice crunch to this dish. Nuts are optional. Nuts of choice may also be added, such as cashews, raisins.
  4. Adding handful of fresh pomegranate seeds adds a very refreshing taste to this dish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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