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Poha (rice)

Poha is flattened and dried rice. Poha is used frequently in Indian cuisine. It is an inherent part of a typical indian kitchen. It is found in all indian households, rich or poor. Although its very commonly used in Maharashtra, for making pohe, its consumed all over India in various forms.

Poha has a mention in the Indian mythology too. It is said that Sudama, the poor brahmin friend of Lord Krishna had brought poha with him when he went to meet Lord Krishna at his palace. But on seeing the opulence of Krishna's palace, he felt ashamed of his humble gift, and tried to hide it. Lord Krishna was overjoyed to see his old friend and hugged him. He saw the small bundle which Sudama was trying to hide and snatched it from him saying "Why are you hiding my favorite food?"

Pohe is mostly commercially produced. It is very easily available in any Indian grocery shop all over India and abroad. To make poha rice, the rice grains are pressed to make rice flakes. To do that, the grains are soaked in water for eight to ten hours and then these wet grains are roasted. After roasting them, the outer layer of rice grains becomes brittle and the grains become soft. Then they are pressed in a pressing machine. When the grains are put in the pressing machine, the outer layer is crushed and we get the grain pressed flat and turned into flakes.

Poha is consumed in India in various forms, the most well known being the Maharashtrian Pohe. The dish is called "pohe" in marathi or "avlakki bhat" in kannada. In Madhya Pradesh, poha is served with sev & nukti. It is also served as a sweet dish with jalebi.

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