One Poha ~ Two ways - Masala Poha and Coconut Poha!

Well, I happened to eat a version of Khara Poha recently and got hooked to it. I have always seen Amma preparing Atukulu payasam for Sri Krishna Jayanthi. This time I missed even that. But any other dish from poha was unknown to me. Though I do know they make upma, I have never attempted it. But this version was too yummy and delicious. I was wonder struck to know that a simple poha can give so much taste!

There were two varieties. One the Masala poha with chilli powder and the other with Coconut! I couldn't wait to get hold of poha to try out these varieties. I got to do one version, still looking out for the next opportunity to knock, for me to dish up some poha!

Beaten rice is a rice which is dehusked and beaten to make small flat flakes.This type of rice absorbs even cold water and gets swollen.This type of rice is used in variety of dishes in Udupi cuisine.It is called Poha in Hindi, Atukulu in Telugu, Bajeel or Bajil in Tulu, Aval in Malayalam and Tamil, Avalakki in Kannada, and "pohe" in Marathi. There two varieties of beaten rice thin and fat. They are so called because of their thickness. Beaten rice can be up to 4 times thicker than regular rice.

Beaten rice is also a convenience food made from rice pressed into flakes. It is reconstituted with hot water to make a rice porridge or paste, depending on the amount of water added. Beaten rice is very similar to instant mashed potatoes in appearance, uses, and spirit. Beaten rice is used frequently in Indian cuisine.

Dishes made from beaten rice

* Bajeel Ogarne :- Here beaten rice is seasoned with mustard seeds,coconut oil,red chilli.
* Beaten rice with curds :- Here beaten rice is soaked in water and then sieved .Curd is added with table salt,preferably eaten with mango or lemon pickle.
* Kanda Poha :- In this dish beaten rice is soaked and sieved. Small pieces of boiled potato ,onion,mustard seeds,turmeric and red chilli are seasoned and mixed with beaten rice and served hot.
* Sweet Bajil ( Tipe Bajil in Tulu ):- Beaten rice is mixed with jaggery and grated coconut and eaten.
* Khara Bajeel :- The beaten rice is mixed with red chilli powder,salt and coconut.Sometimes seasoned.
* Sajjige Bajeel : - Combination of upma and Khara bajeel.

Source - wikipedia

Update: Poha is also rich in Vitamin B, which we miss out as we use polished rice! So next time you want to eat polished rice, compensate it with Poha. Source - Lathamma's Husband

Masala Poha Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

Poha / Atukulu - 1 cup
Onions - 1 medium
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Coriander leaves
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urud dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few

Method to prepare:

Clean and soak poha in water for 20 mins. You can remove soon if you don't want a soft one. Let it drain so that excess water comes out.

Heat a kadai with oil. Add the seasoning. Once it splutters, add chopped onions. Sauté till its golden in colour, then add chopped tomatoes.

Add salt to tomatoes, and cover. Sim for 5 mins. Then add chili powder and turmeric pw. Sauté well and add the drained poha. Mix well.

Simmer for 5 more mins and garnish with coriander leaves.

Masala Poha

Coconut Poha
Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

Poha / Atukulu - 1 cup
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Green chillies - 3 finely chopped
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urud dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few

Method to prepare:

Clean and soak poha in water for 20 mins. You can remove soon if you don't want a soft one. Let it drain so that excess water comes out.

Heat a kadai with oil. Add the seasoning. Once it splutters, add grated coconut. Sauté till the coconut gets fried well.

Then add salt and add the drained poha. Mix well. Simmer for 5 more mins and garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy! This is such a quick and neat fix. You taste once and you get hooked to the flavours of coconut. The secret lies in getting the poha in the correct texture.

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