Saturday, December 8, 2007

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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Have a great weekend!

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13 comments :

satya said...

Amazing Srivalli.You are multi talented.I suggest you to spend this weekend searching your loft thoroughly.You may find some published or unpublished articles,musical insruments,ghunghroos[gajjelu]etc, etc, hidden over there.

Srivalli said...

Satya, hahha..thanks for the nice words!..but really most would've done these in their youth..I just came across those and wanted to share some fond things! Glad you liked them!...

I have all only unpublished articles and poems...but if you promise to read, I will post them...:D...kidding...

coming to instruments..I might find only the violin..left untouched for more than a decade...I am only a jack of few trades master of None!...

renuka said...

your recipes are just simple and great

Latha Narasimhan said...

I am always amazed at your talents! :) Poha is rich in vitamin b which we miss out as we use polished rice! Just a small info my hubby told to add to your multi lingual post! :D

Seema said...

Nice one Srivalli.. I never knew coconut Poha.. Interesting!!

DEEPA said...

this is very nice one ...i love to make it at home but my husband is not that happy with poha ...so for one person i dont make that often ...love to eat it ...

Meera said...

I liked both the recipes! Awesome!!

Siri said...

U are such a multi talented sweetheart Srivalli!.. Loved both ur Poha and Cartoons.. I am ur BIG FAN no no AC now.. hehehe..
Hugs

~ Siri

Srivalli said...

renuka, thank you! its nice to know you like them!

Lathamma..thanks..glad you like them...and please thank your husband, will update the post with the information

Seema, yeah it tastes really great...you should try it out

Deepa...then you should try this out...its really good

Meera, thank you!

Siri, thanks for the nice words..glad you like them...haha..when I saw your comment wanted to ask what was AC..only then it struck hahah...you are so sweet..and funny!..so glad that I could get somebody like them

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Your Coconut poha is new to me...We also have a coconut version but sweeter one:))

Namratha said...

I make Poha all the time, but without tomatoes coz that makes it mushy...yours looks good :)

Srivalli said...

Rajeswari, thanks..it is very tasty..so do try it out next time

Namratha, yeah true..but in this its not cooked that much

Anonymous said...

the masala poha is amazingly delicious! thank you for posting. doubled the recipe (just not the chili powder). thanks again.

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