Red Rice Poha Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Red Aval - Rice flakes

Red rice Poha is a healthier version on the 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.

Red rice Aval - poha is made with red rice, which is considered to be more nutritious compared to white rice poha. Poha is also know as beaten rice. It is a convenience food . It is made from red rice which is beaten or pressed / flattened.

Aval is a very versatile ingredient as many recipes can be made using aval. You may use thick or medium aval for this recipe.

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How to make Red Rice Poha healthy breakfast

Ingredients for Red Rice Poha for 2-3 servings

  • Red Poha (aval / rice flakes) - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium sized. You need about 1/2 cup chopped onion.
  • Green chilies - 2-3, more if you like spicy
  • Ginger - paste or finely chopped - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 7-8
  • Vegetable oil - 3 tbsp
  • Tomato - 1/4 cup chopped tomato.
  • Rai / mustard seeds - ½ teaspoon
  • Jeera / cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Hing / asafetida - a pinch
  • Salt - 1 1/2 tsp or to taste
  • Sugar - ½ tsp
  • Black pepper powder(optional) - 1 pinch
  • Fresh grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Hara dhania/ coriander / cilantro leaves - 1 small bunch

Preparation before making Red Rice Poha

  1. Add medium or thick poha / aval in a colander and hold it under running water.
  2. Or else, you can wash aval in a bowl and remove all water.

Here you can see I have added red poha to a bowl.

I wash poha twice by adding water and lightly rubbing with my fingers.

  1. If you like softer poha, you may leave a tablespoon of water in the washed poha/beaten rice.
  2. Keep aside for about 10 minutes.

While the beaten rice is soaking,

  • Chop onion, tomato, ginger, coriander leaves.
  • Chop green chilies in big pieces or slit in two. Or use green chili and ginger paste as I do.
  • Add salt, sugar to the washed and soaked rice flakes.
  • Add a pinch of black pepper powder, if adding. Mix well.
  • If there are lumps, break them with a spoon or your fingers.
  • Keep aside till further use.

Cooking Red Rice Poha:

  • Heat oil in a deep pan / kadai.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing.
  • When they crackle add chopped onion.
  • add turmeric powder.
  • If adding chopped green chili and ginger, add now. I am adding pastes later.
  • Mix and let cook for 2 minutes or till onions changes color (become translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, green peas, grated carrot (if adding).
  • Mix.
  • add ginger paste.
  • Add green chili paste.
  • Cover kadai with a lid and cook on medium low flame for 2-3 minutes or till tomatoes start losing shape.
  • Stir once in between.
  • Add the soaked, mixed poha.
  • Mix poha with the cooked onion/tomato.
  • If poha looks too dry, sprinkle a little water.
  • Place lid and cook for 2 minutes on low flame. 
  • Stir once in between to make sure that poha does not get burned at the bottom.
  • add fresh grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves, 1 tsp ghee(optional).
  • Ghee adds flavor and taste to poha.
  • Mix well.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Add 1 tsp lemon juice(optional).
  • Mix.

Healthy red rice Poha is ready to serve.

Red rice pohe/ aval is ready to serve for breakfast or as a quick filling snack.

Serve it by itself or with pickle or chutney.

Tips for variation in making red rice poha:

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.

You may also like to visit Batata poha - Aloo poha recipe.

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