You know what my grandparents snacked on when they needed a very quick snack, not a packet of chips or cookies. They happily ate beaten rice in curds - dhaya phovu. Either made it sweet using sugar or made it savoury with a simple tempering. Godu dhaya phovu, cheppe dhaya phovu in Konkani.
It's so easy and quick to make, filling, nourishing, so good on the tummy, so yummy, ticks all the boxes. What a healthy way to snack! So, here it is on my website, in case our generation & our parents' generation needs a reminder of this snack.
Best part you can eat it for breakfast, have it as a snack any time of the day, have it for lunch or dinner. Or so it was in my home when I was little, it still is for my little one. My favourite is Godu dhaya phovu, this chappe dhaya phovu, the savoury version was my granny's favourite with a spicy pickle.
Use any variety of beaten rice/poha, of any thickness I mean - thin, medium, thick variety, red variety beaten rice.
Preparation Time: 1.5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 seconds
1. Wash beaten rice with water once if you're using the thin variety.
Beaten rice gets soft, so is washed.
If you're using a medium thickness variety, soak them in water for 15 minutes.
If you're using thick, red varieties, soak them in water for 30 minutes.
2. Strain all the water, add them into a bowl.
3. Add curds + sugar + salt. You can choose to skip sugar if you want.
4. Tempering: Heat oil in a tempering pan, add mustard seeds, when they start spluttering add in pieces of dried red chillies, curry leaves. Allow them to splutter, remove off heat, add to beaten rice in curds.
5. Enjoy as-is or with a pickle like my granny.
Here's how these beaten rice/poha look before and after a wash or on soaking.
On one wash:
On soaking for 30 minutes:
Same goes for thick variety beaten rice.
Medium thick variety:
This variety needs 5 minutes of soaking to soften up.
P.S: You can't store the phovu you made, they dry up taking in all the water from curds. Add extra curds if needed in such cases or add more curds when you wanna eat them later.
For Diwali morning, 4 types of beaten rice/phovu are made at home for breakfast. Godu dhaya phovu, chappe dhaya phovu & godu phovu, teek phovu.
If you like phovu, do try these dishes:
Simple Konkani Breakfast From My Granny’s Kitchen - Poha Recipe (Phovu Phaan Recipe)
Rice flakes/ Beaten rice with Potatoes ( Batat Phovu, Potato Poha)
Tags: kids snack, Diwali, breakfast, brunch, tea time snack