Saturday, August 28, 2021



From the days of our childhood, we are used to having what in India is termed " an evening snack". This is something to munch in the duration between an early lunch and dinner. 

The recipes for some of the snacks that we used to have are elsewhere in this blog, such as :- 

I guess the concept of making an evening snack is not very popular these days. Probably, people prefer store bought snacks as they are short on time. 

Today's recipe is for what we call " Bajjile Phovu " in my mother tongue, Konkani. This roughly translates to Roasted Beaten Rice in English. The principal ingredient is Beaten Rice of the thin variety. We call Beaten Rice, "Phovu" in Konkani. It is called Poha in Hindi, and Avalakki in Kannada. Another ingredient is Fried Gram which is called Hurigadale in Kannada and Bhuna Channa in Hindi. 

This easy to make snack brings back many memories of my childhood and even now we make this from time to time. 


  • Beaten Rice/Phovu/ Patla Poha, 6 cups
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp 
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 3
  • Fried Gram, 1/3 cup
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup 
  • Asafoetida, (Hing), 1/4 tsp,  dissolved in water 

Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and on medium heat add the cumin seeds and when they sizzle, add the turmeric powder, salt to taste, chopped green chillies, and fried gram
Saute on medium heat till the fried gram becomes slightly golden in colour
Add the beaten rice and roast, stirring continuously, till the beaten rice gets well blended with the fried gram and spices

Switch off the gas and allow the Bajjile Phovu to cool 
You will notice that the Phovu becomes crisp as it cools
Transfer to serving bowl 
Mix in the asafoetida water (Hinga Udda) with the fresh coconut gratings
When you are serving the Bajjile Phovu,  add the fresh coconut gratings -asafoetida water mixture to individual portions 

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