I had no idea about Poha being probitotic till I read Sangeeta Khanna’s post on it. I knew of it’s other nutritive qualities as it has been a part of our daily meals since I was a baby.We make Poha in various ways. Here is a link to one of the previous posts that will tell you more about the benefits of eating this gluten free, probiotic option as your meal. Raw Mango Poha
Do look up the other sweet and savory recipes with poha on my blog where I have used both white and brown flattened rice.
I have used home cultured yogurt in this recipe. Both yogurt and flattened rice are light on our digestive system and thus good for the gut flora. This is a great replacement to the packed cereals, oats etc. You must have eaten overnight oats with nuts, seeds, dry fruits and fresh fruits, just replace the oats with soaked poha/chiwda and you’ll have a nutritious instant cold porridge.
Soaked flattened rice flakes / Poha / Chiwda
Chilled Home Cultured Curd (Preferred)
Pinch of salt
Rinse the poha in a colander under filtered water and leave for sometime so that all the water gets drained out.
Mix honey in curd and blend with spoon till smooth.
Add soaked poha to it and mix well. Add a pinch of salt and all the chopped nuts, fruits, seeds you desire.
I have used banana, dates, soaked and skinned almonds, soaked raisins in this version.
The cold porridge is ready to eat.
Here’s another version with Organic apples, almonds, soaked dried figs, soaked and roasted walnuts and soaked pumpkin seeds. I used the soaking water of the figs to sweeten the curd. No added sugar.
Try different toppings to break the monotony. You can turn it into a parfait or a smoothie too. Another wonderful option is to make it savory and season with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Recipe in the first link.