Kanda Poha is a popular Indian breakfast dish made with rice flakes(also known as aval, chivda or pohe, beaten rice). It is also served as a evening snack.
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Aval - pohe, also called beaten rice is a convenience food . It is made from rice which is beaten or pressed / flattened.
Rice flakes cook very fast. It can also be eaten as it is by mixing with milk and sugar(like cornflakes) or with curd(plain yogurt)and salt or sugar, as you prefer.
In Maharashtra state, this recipe is named as 'kanda pohe'(meaning onion poha or batata pohe(potato aval)if potato is added instead of onion. It is tasty both ways.
In Karnataka kanda poha is known as 'avalakki uppitu' or 'avalakki bhat'.
Aval is available in thick, medium, thin(called paper avalakki or nylon poha), nylon aval.
Aval is a very versatile ingredient as many recipes can be made using aval. You may use thick or medium aval for this recipe.
Ingredients for Kanda poha for 2-3 servings
While the beaten rice is soaking,
Add salt, sugar to the washed and soaked rice flakes.
If there are lumps, break them with a spoon or your fingers.
Keep aside till further use.
Heat oil in a deep pan / kadai.
Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing.
When they crackle add chili pieces. Fry for a few seconds.
Kanda pohe is ready to serve for breakfast or as a quick filling snack.
Serve it by itself or with pickle or chutney.
You can also add mixed vegetables - green peas, potato, capsicums in addition to or instead of onions.
Do not leave too much water in the aval after washing. That will make it like a paste.
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