Friday 20 July 2012

Go'd Pohu or Poha Panchakajjai or Sweetened Beaten Rice

Here is a Beaten rice or Flattened rice dessert which is the most popular dessert made by the people of the Konkani community during festivals as "Prasadam" or offering to God.
The main benefit of beaten rice is that it is fat free,  cholesterol free and sodium free. Thus it is beneficial for obese and hypertensive patients. It is rich in riboflavin, vitamin E, Calcium, and Magnesium.
This dessert is easy to make and can be eaten as a snack as well.
I learnt this recipe from my Mom and make it during important Hindu festivals.

Serves 4

Thin Poha/Thin Beaten Rice/Thin Flattened Rice - 200 gms
Grated coconut or desiccated coconut - 2 cups
Jaggery - 2 cups - grated

Water - 1 cup
Green Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp for garnishing (Optional)
Take a heavy bottomed pan, keep on low heat, add 1 cup water and the grated jaggery and allow to melt. Once all the jaggery has melted add the grated coconut and mix well. Now switch off the gas and allow to cool.
Once the jaggery and coconut mixture has cooled for approx. 30 minutes, gradually add in the thin poha or beaten rice and the green cardamom powder and mix well preferably with your hand. 
While adding beaten rice, add it little by little to see that it mixes well with the coconut and jaggery mix.
In some cases it may appear that after adding 3/4th the quantity of poha it gets an even consistency.
You can stop adding poha at that time.
The final dessert should be such that it should not stick to your fingers nor be too dry.
If the jaggery is too sticky you may have to add in more than 200 gms of poha ie an additional 20-30 gms.
So always keep some extra poha handy.
Sweetened beaten rice is ready to be served.
While serving you could garnish it with 1 tsp of ghee to enhance the taste.

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