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Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Breakfast | 0 comments



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 !

Aamchi Mumbai-dawn to dusk

Aamchi Mumbai-dawn to dusk(Photo : Rita S.)

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.

Poha Rice("Chura")

Poha Rice(“Chura”)

  • 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.



  1. 1 -1/2 cup Poha rice
  2. 2-1/2 cups water,(enough to completely submerge the poha rice)
  3. 1/2 small chopped onion
  4. 1/4 cup peas
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 2 teaspoon oil
  7. 1/8 teaspoon Black mustard seeds
  8. 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  9. 4-5 split peanuts


  1. Soak the poha rice for 2-3 mins in water,just that it swells without getting mushy.
  2. After it swells up,drain the water if there is too much water.
  3. Heat some oil in pan.
  4. Add black mustard seeds,split peanuts
  5. Add onion and stir it until it is translucent,lightly browned.Add turmeric powder.
  6. Add poha rice.Stir it until is well mixed.
  7. Add peas and stir it.Add Salt.
  8. Garnish with chopped mint.
  9. Enjoy.

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