Poha is sometimes called flattened rice or beaten rice, because, well … its been beaten and flattened. If you have never seen it, is has a resemblance to flakes of oat, and it is essentially instant rice.
This dish is traditionally served as a breakfast. It’s a quick to prepare filling dish, especially when served with a hard-boiled egg. However, when I tasted it my first thought was “So, its like Indian fried rice?” I could totally imagine serving it as a side with dinner. The flavour is warm and savoury, and the texture of the poha is light and fluffy.
So cook some up and decide for yourself!
This recipe makes roughly 3 to 4 portions, and takes about 20 minutes prepare.
|3 cups||Flattened Rice (Beaten Rice)|
|1||Lemon or Large Lime|
|4 – 5||Curry Leaves|
|2 tbsp.||Olive Oil|
|1 tsp.||Cumin Seeds|
|2 tsps.||Black Mustard Seeds|
|¼ tsp.||Red Chili Powder|
- Rinse and strain the poha, and set aside.
- Julienne the onion.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet.
- When oil is hot add the cumin seed, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
- Add the onion and sauté until onions are browned.
- Add the salt, turmeric, and chili powder.
- Add the poha and sauté 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the juice of the lime or lemon and fluff with a fork to combine.
- Serve immediately, garnish with cilantro and serve with a hard-boiled egg , if desired.