Beaten yogurt mixed with soaked poha (flattened rice), sweetened and topped with nuts and fruits. A rustic cereal breakfast from eastern parts of India.
I did not grown up eating this. Dahi poha or choora was introduced to us by one of our neighbors from the state of Bihar. North indian breakfasts are different and are more wheat based be it a warm bowl of dalia (wheat groats) in warm milk or stuffed parathas (flatbreads).
There is something comforting about (hot or cold) cereals in the mornings. A night before, I try to prepare steel cut oats or buckwheat/millet groats for next morning. It gets so easy to start the day with right kind of grains. That wholesome boost at the start of day is much needed especially when you have a toddler to chase whole day. The other day,I was chatting with mom about choices of wholesome breakfast for my daughter and she reminded of this quick & easy choora (flattened rice) with dahi (yogurt) as an option. It seemed very doable and knowing little A,s love for yogurt, I made a big bowl with mashed mango for her. I could barely describe the mess she created with mangoes but looks like it hit the right spot with her.
Beaten or flattened rice (poha) which is very popular all over India and is used in making trail mixes, lightly tempered pilafs for breakfasts and for desserts too.This recipe comes fromÂ the state of Bihar where they start the day with a big bowl of it.
If you ask me there is hardly any recipe. You soak the poha in milk and mix with beaten yogurt . There are no measurements needed since you put together your bowl the way you like. The only catch is using the right kind of flattened rice since there is no cooking involved. There are quite a few varieties available in the stores, just buy the thin variety. Sprinkle your yogurt bowl with any kind of fruits, nuts or toppings you like and sweeten with just about anything. I like mashed or cut up mango with cardamom, topped with chia seeds and some roasted seeds and dried fruits.
Hope you enjoy this naturally gluten-free, fuss free and most of all a no cook breakfast which has the right amount of carbohydrates and proteins for you!!
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1 medium ripe mango (or any fruit of choice)
- ½ cup poha (thinflattened rice)
- ½ cup milk
- 1.5 cup whole milk greek yogurt, whisked
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1-2 tablespoon coconut sugar (or any sweetener of choice to taste)
- Nuts, Seeds, dried fruits etc of choice
Peel the mango and puree it in a food processor. Or you can chop it.Set aside.
Mix the greek yogurt with cardamom powder.Set aside.
Place the flattened rice in a bowl and cover it in milk. Let sit and soak for 15 minutes. Don't use to much of milk or soak for long else the poha will get very mushy. Fluff up and loosen grains gently with fork.
In a bowl, place half of the yogurt and put the soaked flattened rice over it.Sprinkle with coconut sugar (or any sweetener you are using). Top it with rest of the yogurt, mango puree and seeds/nuts of choice.
Alternatively, you could layer the yogurt and poha in a mason jar/tumbler. Serve immediately.
- Just play around with the quantities of yogurt & poha to get the consistency you like.
- Use thick coconut milk or dairy free yogurt for a vegan version of this recipe.
- Do not stir the yogurt too much once you have added the flattened rice.
Enjoy & Thanks for stopping by!