You must have heard me saying that Indians eat rice in every form.From breakfast to dinner.Now before you say anything,let me also say,at different time of the day,rice takes different form,which is completely unrecognizable from one another.Here i am going to tell you,one of the way we eat rice in breakfast.
Poha is one of the MOST popular breakfast dish of Maharashtra.What?You must have heard of Mumbai or Bombay.If not,you got to know Bollywood.Well all of them are related.Bollywood is in Mumbai(which is ‘Marathi’ translation of its exotic English name ‘Bombay’)which is the capital of Maharashtra.Are you still with me?I am so humming “Aamchi Mumbai” (‘My mumbai’ in Marathi)song with all this talk in my head !
Let me introduce you to the amazing world of ‘flattened/beaten’ rice called “Chura” in Hindi.It is parboiled rice which is rolled and pressed to transform it into rice flakes.I remember my grandparents house during our summer vacation.Rice is one of the main crop my grandparents grew.During our stay we watched,rice being flattened in what i would call GIGANTIC mortar and pestle sort of wooden vessel .Pestle is usually 5-6 feet tall cylindrical wood.Two people holding it on both side,facing each other,beating the rice in up and down motion for long hours until desired thickness is reached.Lot of work but totally worth the result.
- It can be eaten like cereal with milk and yogurt and bit of sugar(for me).Boiled like oatmeal.It swells when water is added to it.
- We use it to make variety of crunchy snacks.
- Poha is also a part of Indian lunch box.Good for eating with friends if they are visiting you while you catch up.I have several memories of doing just that,since it is so quick.
- I have also added cauliflower,beans and carrot to it,to make it more substantial.Many folks also sweeten it little by adding a touch of sugar.
Here is POHA which my aunt prepared,inspired by the state she lives in.