Poha is very popular food in Western India, particularly in Maharashtra. Malvani style poha is also very popular and I liked it very much. Normally people prefer this food as a breakfast food. But this poha fry is an excellent snack for the evening. This is a very simple food and within few minutes anybody can make it at home.
Some people may find themselves clueless about poha, haha. So don’t worry let me clear it, poha is actually flattened rice or beaten rice.
Flattened rice has a different name in different parts of India. In North India, it is known as chivda, whereas in Western India, it is known as poha but if you are from West Bengal then you definitely know that it is known as chire in Bengal.
Most people use it to make traditional poha dish with boiled potato, grated coconut and sev/farsan. This style of poha is actually popular in Western states in India. It is actually little hot as chili is added here. But in West Bengal, we have a sweeter version of poha which known as chirer halwa. This is actually not as hot (chili flavor) as poha dish in Mumbai. Some people even make laddoo with poha & jaggery. That laddoo is popular in Bengal, Bihar & some parts in Uttar Pradesh too.
But this poha fry snack is definitely something special. My mom uses to make this but she normally does not add chaat masala to this poha fry snack. But it becomes more delicious & yummy with little bit chaat masala. If you did not try such snack then now this time you can make it yourself at home.
Poha fry snack recipe
- 1 medium size bowl poha/chivda/flattened rice
- ½ cup fresh grated coconut
- 1.5 tsp sugar powder
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- ½ tsp dry mango powder/ aamchoor
- ½ tbsp ghee
- Heat ghee in a cooking pan then add poha and saute poha in that pan till color of poha turns to dark yellowish
- Now add chaat masala and mango dry powder and stir to mix
- Then take fried poha in a bowl and spread sugar powder & fresh grated coconut and serve