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
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
- 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.
- Heat cooking oil in a saucepan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
- Simmer and add peanuts. Fry them until light brown.
- Add channa dal/ split chickpeas and fry them for 20 seconds.
- Add chopped onion, green chilli, and curry leaves. Saute until onion turns translucent.
- Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
- Add flattened rice into the saucepan and mix to combine.
- Turn off flame.
- Pour lemon juice over Poha and mix well.
- Garnish chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
- You can tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference.
- Over soaking flattened rice will make it mushy. So it is best to soak it only for 5 minutes.
- Poha tastes best when eaten fresh and hot.