August 31st, 2012
Quick Flattened Rice Snack (Quick Poha)
After our holiday at my parents in July last month, Hari and I proceeded to Bangalore to spend time with my in-laws where my little one got an opportunity to spend time with his other set of grandparents and to get a little more pampered with the love that only grandparents can shower!
He also got to do other things which he doesnt normally get to do here in Mumbai, mow the lawn, water the plants ride his brand new bicycle gifted by his ajji (paternal grandmother) on the beautiful lane in front of the house and spend time with the people who love him and whom he loves.
On one morning, when we were about to go out my mother-in-law quickly put this dish together. I liked it so much that I quickly took some pictures to share it with all of you.
This snack is quick to put together if you have the ingredients ready. It is ideal for those unexpected guests, the times when you are rushed or hard pressed for time or the times when hunger pangs strike and you want something easy to put together fast.
I love snacks made with flattened rice and this particular dish from my mother-in-laws kitchen is a favourite with me. It is lightly spicy, slightly sour and mildly sweet and the crunch of the peanuts and smooth creaminess of the coconut provide ample sensory delight to the palate.
I don’t have anything else to write about this other than the fact that it is a little spicy, a little sour, a little sweet and a little salty and above all mind numbingly delicious! And that having a recipe like this in your repertoire will definitely add some variety and might even save you from racking your brains about what to make when there is little or no time on hand.
Quick Flattened Rice Snack Recipe
Flattened rice comes in three sizes, thin, medium and thick. you need to use the thin variety for this snack.
200 gm (2 cups) thin flattened rice flakes (poha)
2 tbsp coriander or cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1 1/2 tsp sugar
juice of one lime
4 tbsp coconut (fresh or frozen)
1/2 tsp fresh red chili paste (optional)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp ground nuts or peanuts
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
curry leaves, one sprig
1/2 tsp asafetida
2 to 3 green chilies, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Extra coconut and coriander for garnishing (optional)
In a bowl put in the flattened rice flakes and mix in the coriander, salt, sugar, lime and coconut.
In a small wok or seasoning pot, put in the vegetable oil and heat over a medium flame for a couple of minutes. Put in the peanuts and stir for two to three minutes, until they become light brown in colour. Put in the mustard and when they pop, stir in the cumin seeds. Add the curry leaves, asafetida, green chilies and turmeric in quick succession thereafter, stir for a few seconds and turn off the heat.
Mix the seasoning into the prepared flattened rice. Top with more garnishing if you wish and serve as a a delicious snack anytime.
Serves 2 to 3