Poha: raw rice for hikers

The Indian breakfast of champions! The convenience food that replaces bread! The rice you can eat raw!

I stumbled across poha in my local Indian supermarket and I’m feeling inspired. Wikipedia describes it as “an indori rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes… (which) can be eaten raw by immersing it in plain water or milk, with salt and sugar to taste, or lightly fried”. Perfect for ultralight camping.

The classic recipe seems to be a spicy breakfast dish with peanuts, raisins, mustard and chilli. I decided to purchase the pre-packaged dish (just add hot water, cup-a-soup style…) to see if I liked poha – see photo.

It is pretty spicy and I’d reach for the muesli before this first thing in the morning, but I can certainly see myself using the rice. It’s available as a standalone product so you can choose how you’d best like it.

I can’t wait to try some paella-style dishes with poha.

Have you tried it? What’s your go-to recipe?


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