Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mixed Bean & Vegetable Rice Flakes(Aval/Poha)


Of late my week ends are becoming more hectic than the week days. Especially Saturdays with too many activities for the kids, the day is very busy and exhausting too. So Sunday morning, I  try to relax from the previous hectic day/week, wake up little late than usual.  Every body is hungry including me and I open the refrigerator and have a little bit  of different vegetables and don’t have any kind of batter to come up with a quick breakfast. With pretty much no options and some left over veggies and boiled beans in my refrigerator I came up with this quick and well balanced breakfast. I always have some kind of boiled beans kept  either in the refrigerator or freezer to whip up some thing quick on un-predictable days like this.

If you include grains in your diet you should try this gluten free rice flakes. Poha or Aval can be found in Asian Indian stores and resembles pale, elongated and smaller variety of oats and is made from rice that is parboiled, pressed and dried. With some beans, vegetables and nuts they make a totally delectable dish which is very quick to make too. Do not be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, it is very easy recipe and also very forgiving.  Do try it out and let me know how you liked them.

Preparation Time – 10 to 15 Minutes

Cooking Time – 10 Minutes

Serves – 4 to 5


Onion – 1 big

Green chili – 2 to 4 or more to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green and red bell pepper, tindora(small gourd) – 1 1/2 to 2 Cups

Boiled green mung bean & black chick pea(kala channa) – 1 to 1/2 Cups

Roasted peanuts – 1/3 Cup

Fresh grated coconut – 1 Cup

Lime juice – Juice of 1 lime or more to taste

Cilantro – handful (chopped)

Poha/Aval/Rice flakes – 2 Cups

Salt – 1 1/2 Tsp or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1 Tsp


Coconut oil – 2 Tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 Tsp

Split urad dal – 1 Tbsp

Split channa dal – 1 Tsp

Curry leaves – handful(Definitely add this for a lovely aroma but I didn’t have it in hand so left it out)


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1) Heat a wide mouthed pan and once it is hot add the coconut oil. Once the oil is warm add the mustard seeds.

2) After the seeds stop spluttering add the split urad dal, channa dal and after they slightly brown add the onions, green chilies and chopped ginger and a pinch of salt and saute till the onions become translucent.

3) Now add the chopped peppers, tindora half tsp of salt and turmeric powder and saute for five minutes.

4) Soak the poha in water and the dirt and husk if any will float on top, remove the impurities and then set it aside to drain in a colander.

5) Now add the cooked beans give a quick stir, squeeze out the water from the poha and add it to the pan and add the remaining salt and stir and switch off the stove.

6) Now add the lemon juice, grated coconut, roasted peanuts and chopped cilantro and stir and serve with some yogurt and pickle.



Srimathi said...

Very colorful and healthy. Its always easy to make something with poha.

Rasi said...

My all time fav.. u make it healthy & colorful

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

The addition of veggies and beans sure makes this very healthy..Looks very colorful and yummy.

jeyashrisuresh said...

One of my fav to have for breakfast, nicely done

Vidhya said...

That's one tempting and filling breakfast.

Uma said...

mmm. looks awesome. Tempting pics. So colorful.

Reva said...

Yummy dish for any time of the day.. simple yet very comforting and delicious..

Divya Pramil said...

lovely pic and delicious recipe :)

radha said...

So colourful. Makes it a great breakfast to eat before setting off for work on the right note.

Spice up the Curry said...

this is such a healthy preparation. looks delicious

Priya said...

Wow wat a super colourful and catchy poha, wish to have for my breakfast anytime.

Purabi Naha said...

You just combined all my favorite things! I am in trouble because I MUST make this dish now. Thanks for this fantastic idea!

Julie said...

Delicious colorful quick fix,Sadhana..Yummy too!!

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poha is really delicious.. glad to follow u dear.. do stop by mine when u r free..

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

looks lovely, so colourfula nd yum

Sangeetha said...

such a nutritious n comfort meal...looks very attractive n colorful...lovely pics!
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Richa said...

this is such a balanced and nutritious meal! love the kala chana in it.
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