Poha or Avalakki chitranna (as it is popularly referred to in Karnataka) is a popular Indian breakfast/snack. Preparing this dish is super easy; so when you are running late and need to make a meal quickly, poha is the perfect dish. The beauty of flattened rice is that it could be consumed with very little to no cooking. Different states in India prepare this dish differently; This recipe is from the state of karnataka – mildly spicy & tangy. Poha is also a perfect tea-time snack that could be prepared in under 15 minutes.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2


1 cup flattened rice/ Avalakki (150 grams)
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon channa dal / split chickpeas
A handful of curry leaves
4 tablespoons peanuts
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
4 green chillies, slit into halves
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
Coriander leaves/ Cilantro
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt to taste

  1. Rinse flattened rice and soak it in water for 5 minutes until it becomes soft. After that, drain out water completely and set flattened rice aside.
  1. Meanwhile, heat oil in a cooking pot on medium flame. 
  2. Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  3. Simmer and add peanuts. Fry them until they turn light brown.
  1. Add channa dal and fry them for 20 seconds.
  2. Add chopped onion, green chilli, and curry leaves. Saute until onion turns translucent.
  3. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  1. Add flattened rice into the cooking pot. Combine everything together and fry poha for another 2 minutes on medium heat and turn off.
  2. Drizzle lemon juice over and give poha a good mix.
  3. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
  4. Enjoy poha as a tea-time snack or eat it for breakfast with plain curd/ pickles.
  1. You can tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference.
  2. Over soaking flattened rice will make it mushy. Best to soak it for 4-5 minutes.
  3. If you like, combine about 3 tbsp grated coconut with poha at the end.
  4. Poha tastes best if eaten right away after preparing it.

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Happy cooking and happy eating ❤

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