Monday, 6 August 2012

Sweet n Spicy Beaten Rice or "Phova Chetni" in Konkani - A Breakfast dish

"Poha" or Beaten rice is dehusked rice which is flattened and dried into thin dry flakes.
One the benefit of beaten rice is that it is fat, cholesterol and sodium free. Thus it is beneficial for obese and hypertensive patients. It is rich in riboflavin, vitamin E, Calcium, and Magnesium.
Here is a very old and traditional breakfast dish that my mom and grand mom make which is not only quick to make, but also nutritious and tasty.

Its best eaten with "Chane Upkari" or Black Chickpeas Stir fry




Serves 1
Ingredients:

Poha or Beaten rice - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Grated jaggery or sugar - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Roasted dry red chilly - 1
Raw coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Raw Cumin or Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
Tamarind juice - 1 tsp
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp

For seasoning:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly - 1
Curry leaves - 4

For garnishing
Freshly chopped coriander leaves - Optional - this is my addition

Method:
Dry grind the Roasted red chilly , coriander seeds and cumin seeds to a fine powder.
This is known as "Phova Chetni pitti" in Konkani or Phova Chetni mix.
Incase you want to make it even simpler , you can use 1 tsp each of red chilly powder, coriander powder and cumin powder.
Take a large bowl, add the tamarind juice, salt, the ground mixture of red chilly , coriander and cumin, turmeric powder, jaggery or sugar and mix well preferably with hand.
Add the grated coconut and mix well.
Now add the beaten rice or Poha and mix well with hand until soft.
Now take a seasoning pan, keep on low heat, add oil, then the mustard seeds, allow to crackle and then add the red chilly and curry leaves and pour it on to the poha in the large bowl.
Mix well.
Serve garnished with coriander leaves.
This Poha Chetni or Sweet n Spicy Beaten rice is best eaten with "Chane Upkari" or Black Chickpeas Stir fry"

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