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Savory Beaten Rice
(Kaanda Poha)


Beaten rice flakes(also called poha in India) tempered with spices and cooked with sauteed onions (kaanda).

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Serves: 4 
Cooking time (approx.):  minutes
Style: Maharashtrian

4  cups beaten rice flakes - thick variety (jaada poha)
2  tablespoons oil
1  teaspoon(s) mustard seeds
1  teaspoon(s) cumin seeds
2  green chilli(es) slit or chopped fine
1  sprig curry leaves
2  big onions sliced fine
½  teaspoon(s) turmeric powder
4  tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
salt to taste
4  tablespoons water
chopped fresh coriander to garnish

  1. Wash the beaten rice in water thoroughly. Drain and Keep aside.
  2. Pour the oil in a microwave-safe deep bowl. Toss in the mustard seeds and microwave covered on high (100%) power for about 4  minutes till they splutter. Toss in the cumin seeds and stir till they change color.
  3. Add the green chillies, curry leaves, onions and turmeric powder. Microwave uncovered on high (100%) power for about 4  minutes till the onions are pinkish. Add the chopped fresh coriander and keep stirring till they wilt.
  4. Mix in the beaten rice and salt to taste. Mix the water into the beaten rice lightly. Microwave covered on high (100%) power for about 0  minute(s) till the water has been absorbed by the beaten rice softening it and the flavors are well blended. Do not overcook the beaten rice as it tends to harden. keep covered for a few minutes before serving.


  • Beaten rice is available in two varieties; thick and thin.
  • When the microwave cooking time for a step exceeds 2 minutes, it is highly recommended the contents be checked and stirred at regular intervals to avoid burning of food.
  • Standing time is a very important step as it completes the microwave cooking process of a dish. Ideally, allow the dish to stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve hot garnished with: chopped fresh coriander

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