Poha or Avalakki chitranna (as it popularly called in Karnataka) is a quick, healthy and tasty Indian breakfast. The beauty of avalakki/ flattened rice is that it can be consumed with very little to no cooking and hence that makes almost any recipe containing it a quick one. This Karnataka style poha is spicy & tangy and makes for a perfect evening snack too, along with some piping hot tea.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2


1 cup flattened rice/ Avalakki (150 grams)
4 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon channa dal / split chickpeas
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
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Wash 1 cup flattened rice under cold running water thoroughly and soak it for 5 minutes until it becomes soft. Drain water completely using a strainer. Set flattened rice aside.
  2. Heat cooking oil in a saucepan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
  3. Simmer and add peanuts. Fry them until light brown.
  4. Add channa dal/ split chickpeas and fry them for 20 seconds.
  5. Add chopped onion, green chilli, and curry leaves. Saute until onion turns translucent.
  6. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  1. Add flattened rice into the saucepan and mix to combine.
  2. Turn off flame.
  3. Pour lemon juice over Poha and mix well.
  4. Garnish chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
Poha / Avalakki Chitranna


  1. You can tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference.
  2. Over soaking flattened rice will make it mushy. So it is best to soak it only for 5 minutes.
  3. Poha tastes best when eaten fresh and hot.