We like to have something to munch every now and then (even if it is not entirely the healthiest of foods). There are so many dishes like roasted peanuts, cashew nuts, the haldiram mixtures, chakkuli (Murukku in Tamil), kodbale etc. Roasted Beaten rice mixture is one among them. This particular mixture consumes less oil and also becomes crispy to eat even during rainy season. It even serves as a lunch box for kids. The taste can be adjusted in such a way to suit the kids – by adding less of chili powder little more of powdered sugar.
It is called Pova upkari in North canara and Bhajjil Phovu in South Kanara. Nowadays it is available in the bakeries as well. I prefer to prepare it at home from scratch however.
What you need to have:
Thin beaten rice – 250 grams
Peanuts – 100 grams
Hurkadle/Putani ( Roasted Bengalgram Dal) – 50 grams
Major Ingredients – Beaten rice, Roasted peanuts and Roasted Bengalgram Dal
Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
Asafoetida powder – ¾ teaspoon
Powdered sugar – ½ teaspoon
Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
Some Curry leaves
Ingredients for seasoning
What you do with what you have:
1. Clean thin beaten rice and dry in the hot sun for about half an hour to get rid of the raw odour (especially if it is summer). If it is the rainy season we just roast it as it were in a kadai and keep it aside.
2. Roast peanuts till you get the pleasant aroma, peal it and keep it aside.
3. Clean and roast hurikadle on a low flame.
4. Pour 4 teaspoons of cooking oil in a kadai. Add 1 teaspoon mustard and on sputtering add 1 teaspoon red chilly powder (adjust for how spicy the powder is), turmeric powder, table salt, sugar powder one after another.
5. Immediately add both roasted peanuts and hurikadle along with hing-powder.
6. Now mix roasted/dried beaten rice and stir well on a low flame until the mixture is crisp.
7. Add ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds on the top of it and stir well for a few minutes on a low flame, so that it should not over roast/burn.
8. Switch off gas and on cooling fill the mixture in the airtight containers. It will remain afresh for more then 15 days if kept air tight.
It can be even eaten by garnishing it with fresh grated coconut. My kids relish it with finely chopped onions and coriander leaves.
How it looks :
How long it takes : 1 hour