Monday, September 30, 2013

Fried poha / flattened rice



Last week was spent in trying to understand the technical aspect of blogging, ( I have no idea, what triggered it, but occasionally I do get such impulse in my brain)  I am aware that I am technically challenged. I told myself, "how hard can this be?" "It's all in the mind, if you think you can do it, you can" hmmm...I guess this law does not hold true for everything. You need some basic prerequisite. I did gather a few words, parroted it to my better half, he tried to explain them, all I had to say was "can you do it on my blog?" He did not know what I wanted, and frankly I did not know either. I crawled back to my iPhone, did some blog hopping, spent some quality time on social media, felt alive again. Jeez! It really tired me, I may not understand SEO, to alt tag my images, to view source to figure out keywords...Even if I knew, that's not really where my heart is. I write what I write as it comes from my heart, not because I need to hashtag keywords. I click pictures, cos I love to express my artistic self through photography, I cook, as I love food and enjoy sharing it with people I love. I bloghop and spend time on social media, as I love to interact with like minded people. Now,  that's simple and brings a smile on my face. I see the fog clearing! :) 

A cup of coffee is always a great idea, when you have exercised your brain, like I did. Evening coffee is great when it is accompanied by some snacks.  I think it is such an Indian thing. Cookies, biscuits, fritters and fried snack...there are millions of snack to choose from and you really do not have to break your back to make some of them.  Great for this time of the year, nip in the air, hot coffee and fried poha. Even thou am enjoying the nip in the evenings, it's hard for me to bid goodbye to summer, I love the colors of fall, but, I am not ready to throw away my shorts and embrace the colder temperature. We have been lucky this year to have nice warm days, (see me jinx it). I really miss the outdoors during winter.  Well, if you are imaging me  skiing through a white sheet of snow...hmmm! not really, am not going to elaborate on the details, but I have tried it and let's just say it did not work for me...If I do start talking about it, it's going to be a long hilarious post. For now, some coffee with fried poha and some clicks from my garden. 


Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain. Source : Wikipedia 


5 cups of flattened rice
1cup peanuts
1 cup chana dalia/ roasted bengal gram 
2-3 split green chili
10 curry leaves
salt to taste

In a pan, heat oil or use a deep fryer. Fry the flattened rice and keep it on a paper towel, so that it absorbs all the oil. Add salt when it is salt. Fry the green chillies. keep aside. Now roast the peanuts, chana dalia and curry leaves in a tsp of oil and mix with the flattened rice. Let it cool, store in air tight container. 





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22 comments:

  1. Simi like you I am also technicaly challenged. & blog because i love to share what little I know. Btw I agree it's an Indian thing to have snacks with tea/coffee . Loved all the clicks specially the coffee with smoke

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    1. tell me about tech and it's like latin and greek to me.

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  2. looks yummy, wish i could have it w/the hot cuppa coffee in the pic :)

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  3. Lovely and delicious looking poha. Even the pics of the flowers look so great.
    Deepa

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  4. Fried poha(chira as we call it) reminds me of childhood. Oh so scrumptiously delicious. Lovely photos as always.

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  5. love the shots I cannot take my eyes off.. perfect low calorie food

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  6. Awesome photography..i loved it just like anything.....keep rocking...

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  7. Oh, all this social network hopping can sure make you exhausted.
    Love poha and chai, perfect evening snack. Love it.

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    1. more than that the tech aspect of the blog.

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  8. Delicious fried poha, looks really great with tea or coffee.

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  9. A great snack, Simi.
    I love that click of hot cups of coffee!

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  10. I loved this post Simi...just like you feel, I'm so technically challenged when it comes all this SEO and keyword stuff. I just dont get it. Its been a year since I've been thinking I should change my blog design, but I donno what I want , but I want it to be different as well. And even I rant to my hus who understands nothing in the end coz i'm confused myself :-P *sigh*
    I love your pictures and that fried poha looks so tempting...

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    1. Manju,
      am glad I have someone who thinks like me :))

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  11. Crunchy munchy fried poha..Love to finish that bowl..

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  12. Its been ages since I ate home made fried poha like that. It was always my favorite snack back home - with some onion and lemon squeeze.Here I mostly eat store bought stuff - this is so much nicer ! I even have a whole bag of poha in my pantry. Thanks for the idea.

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  13. loved the savoury touch to the poha, Simmu..and coffee !! yes..agree to what you said..but more than that, thanks to what u are showing us. that deadly gorgeous click of the coffee, steaming !! phew !! a killer snap,..too good...got to say !!! Have a great day ahead, dear..

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  14. yummy poha...awesome photography...esp love that coffee shot...

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  15. I'm so technically challenge too when it comes to SEO etc. I'm even at a point where I don't feel motivated to cook, style and clean -- i just want to click photos :)

    Lovely macro shots my friend. I'm in awe of your beautiful photography skills!

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    1. Kiran, there are days when my motivation is down in the dumps too, I think we all need a break ! I know you have been feeling like that for a while now :( hope you get over this real soon.
      Thanks for the compliment, coming from a talent storehouse like you, this is a big deal for me!

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  16. That's definitely a very addictive snack. My MIL makes this sometimes and I simply can't stop at eating just a few tea spoons full!

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