Kolache Poha | Flattened Rice with Coconut, Tamarind and Jaggery

Tangy and lovely, an Indian breakfast dish.

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Poha Kolache | Flattened Rice in Coconut Milk, Tamarind and Jaggery | Indian | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

Poha, or Pohe, a glorious food made by steaming and rolling rice to produce a flattened version of rice. It is very popular in South India, Maharashtria and Konkan regions of India. It also forms the basis of great snacks for those times when you just need to graze on something rather than have a full  meal.

There are several different thicknesses of poha – Nylon (very thin and crisp), Paper, Thin, Medium, Thick and Dagdi (thick and chewy). There are also poha types made from red rice and brown rice. For this dish, you want to use a white, thick poha, it gives a better result. Medium can also be used.

This dish can be used for either breakfast or snack. It is a quick, no-cook dish, except for the tadka. Because it is a cold dish it is perfect for our Summers.  It takes less than half an hour to make, and you can make it in just 5 mins if you presoak the poha and tamarind, and drain the poha.

Are you looking for Poha dishes? You could also try Poha Chaat, Poha with Onions, Poha with Banana and Honey, and Poha with Potato and Peanuts.

Are you looking for breakfast dishes? Try Moraiya Kitchari, Mushrooms for Toast, and Overnight Oats.

Or browse all of the Poha recipes and all of our Breakfast dishes. Explore our collection of Indian Recipes. Or simply take some time to browse our Mid Summer dishes.

Poha Kolache | Flattened Rice in Coconut Milk, Tamarind and Jaggery | Indian | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

This recipe is for two people but you can scale it up for more. Poha is one of the great undiscovered ingredients outside of India. I hope that you enjoy this dish.

Poha Kolache | Flattened Rice in Coconut Milk, Tamarind and Jaggery | Indian | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

 

Kolache Poha | Flattened Rice with Coconut, Tamarind and Jaggery

For 2 people, take a half cup of thick poha (jada poha) and soak it in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Drain it for 30 minutes, or press hard into the strainer to remove all water.

You can use thin poha (patal poha), and in this case, no soaking is required,  but use more, a cup to a cup  and a half.

Now take 1 or 2 green chillies and chop finely, or use your home made chilli paste. Put aside for the tadka.

Soak a tablespoons of tamarind in hot water for 20 mins, strain and force the pulp through the strainer. Don’t use too much water, just enough to cover the tamarind.

Mix some salt to taste,  a tspn of the tamarind pulp, a Tblspn of jaggery and a cup of coconut milk. Stir well to dissolve the jaggery. Taste, and adjust for sweetness and sourness. It has to be sweet and sour to taste.

Make a tadka with a tspn ghee with 1/4 tspn black mustard seeds, 1/2 tspn cumin seeds, the chillies, a stalk of curry leaves, and a pinch of asafoetida. Pour into the coconut milk mix.

Divide the drained poha into two bowls and pour the coconut milk mixture around the poha. You can garnish with green coriander leaves or tiny curry leaves.

Poha Kolache | Flattened Rice in Coconut Milk, Tamarind and Jaggery | Indian | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

I hope you enjoy! It is delicious!

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Author: Ganga108

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4 thoughts on “Kolache Poha | Flattened Rice with Coconut, Tamarind and Jaggery”

  1. Really the most fantastic breakfast. Only dhokla is better.

    I can never believe western tourists who want toast and muesli for breakfast!

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