Ten recipes using poha or beaten rice (2024)

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Nothing tops a breakfast for me like steaming, soft kanda poha, fragrant with fried onions and chillies and garnished with peanuts and coriander. Beaten rice or poha as it is known in Maharashtra, chuda in Orissa, aval in Tamil Nadu, atkulu in Telugu, is the closest thing to instant food that our ancestors invented hundreds of years ago. Just wet it with water, allow it to sit for five minutes and it is ready to be eaten, cooked, mashed or even just plain tempered.

This easy-to-cook, easy-to-digest food has been mentioned even in Bhagvad Gita and is considered one of Lord Krishna's favourites. Even today, beaten rice is one of the preparations made during Janmashtami as offering to Lord Krishna. In fact, beaten rice preparations vary in each state according to local flavours and that is truly the most wonderful aspect of food in a country like India. So, if you are bored of the way you make beaten rice in your home, then here are 10 different ways to make, right from breakfast dishes, patties to even sweets. Choose your pick.

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1. Kanda Batata Poha: This tangy, spicy Maharashtrian dish has gained national fame with small local variations being made in other states too. The sweet blandness of the mashed potato combines beautifully with the spicy fried onions and crunchy peanuts. This is one dish that can be eaten day after day without ever tiring, for most of us at least. Here’s the recipe for it.

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2. Aval Dosa: If you like the spongy whiteness of home-made dosas, then you will love aval dosa. A special dish reserved for weekends in Tamil households, aval dosa batter takes time to ferment, but there is not much effort involved in it. The addition of beaten rice to it makes it extra-spongy on one side and absolutely crisp dosa-like on the other side. The beaten rice also adds a certain sweet-sour aftertaste to it, that goes fabulous with coconut or tomato chutney. Here’s the recipe for it.

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3. Poha Pakoda: Beaten rice is as versatile in flavour and usage as regular rice. Poha goes very well with pakodas and pattice as it not only binds well, but it also fries well. This particular recipe for poha pakoda is loaded with the goodness of veggies and poha and is an ideal after-school snack for kids. Here’s the recipe for it.

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4. Atukula laddoos: This sweet-meat dish made out of beaten rice or Atukulu as it is known in Andhra is quite commonly made in south India during festivals. This recipe is hassle-free and is not likely to go wrong as it doesn’t involve tricky sugar syrups. The only drawback is that the laddoos have to be formed with hot ghee, that may scald your hands lightly if you are not used to it. But you can always wear gloves while making it. Here’s the recipe for it.

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5. Tamarind Poha: This dish is made in Tamil and Kannadiga households as an alternative to regular kanda poha, especially during puja when use of onions is frowned upon. But let not the lack of onions hold you back as this dish is equally yummy and uses a variety of spices and is tangy too. In fact, it tastes a lot like tamarind rice. Here’s the recipe for it.

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6. Aval Payasam: This is one of quickest recipes to making kheer, and it actually takes less than five minutes. This is also the working woman’s boon, especially if she has to make kheer for puja before rushing off to office. The best part is that it tastes like regular kheer, made with rice. You can make it richer by substituting half the quantity of milk with condensed milk and adjusting the sugar accordingly. Here’s the recipe for it.

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7. Poha Dhokla: This easy recipe for dhokla requires no soaking or fermentation and can actually be made for breakfast on weekdays. Plus, it is better digested than dhokla made of besan, so it is a good breakfast option for kids too. Go ahead, experiment and knock yourselves out.

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8. Aval Kesari or Sheera: Sheera is not well-liked by most people. But this sweet, rich, ghee-laden recipe of halwa or kesari made in the South will be an instant favourite in your circle. It is definitely to be tried out once. Here’s the recipe for it.

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9. Aval Kozhukattai: Pronounced as aa-val koyu-kat-ai, these steamed spicy dumplings made of poha make for a lovely evening snack or breakfast dish and a really healthy one too. The addition of grated coconut and curry leaves to it takes the flavour to a new level. Here’s the recipe for it.

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10. Aval Nanachuthu: Don’t be fooled by how difficult this name is. Nanachuthu (pronounced as na-na-chi-dhu) is basically Tamil and Malayalam for ‘soaked’ and that’s what this lovely dish is. It’s lightly soaked in jaggery and chewy to eat. The addition of cardamom and mashed or sliced bananas make it absolutely yummy. In fact, the combination of beaten rice, jaggery and bananas make it our Indian version of energy food. Have this as a snack before your evening run or gym session and you will feel energised. Go really light on the jaggery though. Here's the recipe for it.

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Nothing tops a breakfast for me like steaming, soft kanda poha, fragrant with fried onions and chillies and garnished with peanuts and coriander. Beaten rice or poha as it is known in Maharashtra, chuda in Orissa, aval in Tamil Nadu, atkulu in Telugu, is the closest thing to instant food that our ancestors invented hundreds of years ago. Just wet it with water, allow it to sit for five minutes and it is ready to be eaten, cooked, mashed or even just plain tempered.

This easy-to-cook, easy-to-digest food has been mentioned even in Bhagvad Gita and is considered one of Lord Krishna's favourites. Even today, beaten rice is one of the preparations made during Janmashtami as offering to Lord Krishna. In fact, beaten rice preparations vary in each state according to local flavours and that is truly the most wonderful aspect of food in a country like India. So, if you are bored of the way you make beaten rice in your home, then here are 10 different ways to make, right from breakfast dishes, patties to even sweets. Choose your pick.

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