Ellu Aval (Beaten Rice And Sesame)

Poha (Beaten Rice, Aval) is a popular preparation all over India. Each region/state of the country has several different recipes. Unfortunately, a vast majority use the white poha which contains little or no fibre. I prefer to use the red rice poha which is loaded with fibre.
Hari invariably makes a mixed vegetable poha with no other flavouring. My taste buds, however, crave all the different varieties. I therefore told him to make the sesame version of poha for breakfast. Normally, this is prepared with just poha flavoured with roasted sesame seeds. To make it even healthier, I told him to add a couple of vegetables. Incidentally, you can use any vegetables of your choice. There is no hard and fast rule.

Red Rice Poha (Beaten Rice, Aval)

2 cups beaten rice
1 green chilli, chopped fine (optional)
100 gms carrots, chopped into small cubes
100 gms French beans, chopped fine
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (sarson, kadugu)
1/2 tsp split black lentils (urad dal, ulutham parupu)
3-4 tbsp white sesame seeds (til, ellu)
Salt to taste
Roast the sesame seeds till golden brown
Remove from flame and cool
Transfer to a blender and grind to a coarse powder
Set aside
Soak the beaten rice for 2 minutes and drain
Set aside
Heat a wok and add mustard seeds
When they begin to splutter, add the split black lentils
Roast till the lentils turn golden brown
Now add the vegetables and green chilli (if using)
Add a little water and cook the vegetables till they are done, but firm and crunchy
Add the beaten rice and salt
Mix well
Finally add the powdered sesame seeds and continue to cook for about a minute
Remove from flame and serve hot
This can be had without any accompaniment
However, I paired it with a tomato and cucumber raita (dip)

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