“Flattened rice, also known as rice flakes, is called chira or poha in northern India, aval in southern India. It’s rice that’s been cooked and then run through rollers and flattened into flakes. The flakes are a pale grayish white and fairly soft, rather than crisp. Sold in clear plastic bags, they keep well. Chira is very quick to reconstitute and requires no boiling, so it’s a godsend for cooks in very hot weather or in a big hurry.
We ate a version of this morning rice flake treat in Assam, the Indian state that straddles the Brahmaputra River, in the far northeast of the country. In Assam, many people eat rice three times a day. The Assamese and Bengali name for the dish is phalahar. It’s like a tropical granola, the rice flakes stirred into yogurt and then the whole mixture sweetened with honey and perfumed with fresh fruit.”
Place the rice flakes in a larger bowl and wash by adding cold water to cover generously. Swirl around with your hand, then drain in a sieve over a sink. Repeat once or twice. Place the flakes back in the bowl and add ½ cup very hot water. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes, then drain off any excess water.
Add the yogurt and salt and stir to blend. Add the fruit and stir in. Add the honey or sugar and stir. Serve in cereal bowls, or put out the large bowl so guests can serve themselves.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (65g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 5 (8%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0.6g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.3g||2 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0g|
|Cholesterol 1.8mg||1 %|
|Sodium 60.7mg||2 %|
|Potassium 180mg||5 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 13.2g||4 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.8g||3 %|
|Sugars, other 12.4g|
|Protein 1.9g||3 %|
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Calories per serving: 62
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