, , , ,

Flattened Rice also know as beaten rice  is a de-husked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. It is nothing but rice that has been parboiled, rolled, flattened and then dried to produce flakes. The flakes come in different thicknesses depending on the pressure used in the flattening process. Rice flakes are small, very light, about 2mm long, flat and greyish white in colour. They have uneven edges and a rough texture. Rice flakes have no particular aroma and a bland gentle taste.

This is one simple recipe which was a regular breakfast in my Paying guest accommodation when I used to stay in Bangalore. As it is an easy recipe and fast to prepare, they are regular in the menu. Also this is one of my dish which my grandma likes. She doesn’t prepare this. When she came to visit me few years back, I prepared it for her, she was so excited to see her little girl doing something that she has never prepared 🙂 Although its a simple one, for parents kids are always kids how much ever we grow 😀


Flattened Rice : 1 cup

Red Onion : 1/2 sliced

Thai chilies : 2 chopped

Oil: 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds : 1/2 teaspoon

Urad Dal : 1/2teaspoon

Cumin seeds : 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves : few

Cilantro : few chopped

Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon

Salt: 1 teaspoon

Lime Juice : 1/2 tablespoon

Peanuts: few(optional)

Grated coconut: few(optional)

Grated Carrot : few(optional)


First step is to soak the Poha in water. Time for soaking depends on the size of poha. If it is a thin one just 3 to 4 mins is more than enough. If it is a thick one around 8 mins. Drain the water and mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt with poha and mix well. Keep it aside.

Next In a pan, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal. Let it crackle. Add the curry leaves. Next add onions. You can add ginger garlic paste which is optional. Let it turn translucent. Add green chili.

Next add the grated carrot if you are using. Now put 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with the onions and carrot. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt as well. Add the lime juice. Mix well. Let it cook for 2 to 3 mins. Now add the poha which is mixed with turmeric powder and salt to the pan. Mix well. As it cooks fast, it would take only 3 to 4 mins. Now you can add the cilantro leaves, peanuts, grated coconut. Serve it hot 🙂 . This is one of the ideal breakfast in India. Very quick to prepare.

I did not add carrot, peanut and coconut ,as I didn’t have any of them 😛 when I prepared it the other day. So excuse me friends 🙂

Poha/Aval Upma