Flattened rice

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Flattened rice
Poha.jpg
Uncooked Flattened rice flakes
Alternative name(s):
Poha, beaten rice
Main ingredient(s):
Dehusked rice
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook Flattened rice
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  Flattened rice
 
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Flattened rice
Poha.jpg
Uncooked Flattened rice flakes
Alternative name(s):
Poha, beaten rice
Main ingredient(s):
Dehusked rice
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook Flattened rice
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  Flattened rice

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 (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain.

This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food in a variety of Indian cuisine styles, some even for long-term consumption of a week or more. It is known by a variety of names: Atukulu in Telugu, Aval in Tamil(அவல்) and Malayalam(അവൽ), Chindé in Bengali and parts of Bihar and Jharkhand, Chira in Assamese, Chudaa in Oriya, Chiura (चिउरा) in Nepali, Bhojpuri and Chhattisgarhi, Poha[1] or Pauwa[2] in Hindi, Baji in Newari, Pohe in Marathi, Phovu in Konkani, Avalakki (ಅವಲಕ್ಕಿ) in Kannada,[3] and Pauaa/Paunva (પૌંઆ) in Gujarati.

Pohe, a snack made of flattened rice.
Cooked pohe

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. The lightly fried variety is a standard breakfast in Malvaa region (surrounding Indore) of Madhya Pradesh. It can be reconstituted with hot water to make a porridge or paste, depending on the proportion of water added. In villages, particularly in Chhattisgarh, flattened rice is also eaten raw by mixing with jaggery.

In Maharashtra, poha is cooked with lightly frying mustard seeds, turmeric, chili powder, finely chopped onions and then moistened poha is added to the spicy mix and steamed for a few minutes. Jalebi is often eaten with poha.[4]

Flattened rice is in a way, a convenience food and very similar to bread in usage.

Dishes made from beaten rice[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In Marathi movie Sanai Choughade, there is one song on Kande Pohe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raghunandana, K. "Avalakki Oggrane'it contains 100g of iron". Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  2. ^ "The Vocabulary of Indian Food". Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ Raghunandana, K. "Avalakki Oggrane'". Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  4. ^ Vig, Manik. "Study of poha and its evolution". 
  5. ^ "magazineoftheworld.com". magazineoftheworld.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Yes, Muskmelon Pohe". Retrieved 2011-12-18.