English Name: Flattened Rice
Common Indian Name (Hindi): Poha / Chiura
- Flattened rice or beaten rice is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids.
- The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain.
- This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across India and Bangladesh and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food.
- Flattened rice can be eaten raw by immersing it in plain water or milk. It can also be lightly fried in oil with nuts, raisins, and other spices.
- In villages, particularly in Chattisgarh, India, Poha or Chiura is eaten raw by mixing with jaggery.