Flattened rice or poha or aval is rice flattened into thin dry flakes. It is easily digestible and is often had as a breakfast or with tea as a snack. Since flattened rice gets cooked really fast, this recipe takes just about 10 minutes to prepare.


3 cups flattened rice/ poha/ Aval
3 tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
8 to 10 curry leaves
1 big onion chopped
2 big tomatoes chopped
1 tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp garam masala powder (optional)


Wash flattened rice with water, drain and set aside. (Flattened rice should not be soaked in water as it absorbs water and does not retain its shape.) Then heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When they start sputtering, add curry leaves and onions. Saute till onions turn golden. Then add tomatoes and cook till they turn soft. Now add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Finally add flattened rice and mix well. Serve hot.


  1. Wow! Very innovative way to use poha, absolutely delicious recipe.

  2. Tomato poha is a different variation to the regular poha...yummy recipe.

  3. Love poha and with tomatoes would make it even more yummy...

  4. A very delicious and simple recipe. good work.!

  5. Very easy to make and looks so tasty!I find it very difficult to cook anything with poha - it is very very delicate:( Will give your recipe a try for sure and keeping my fingers crossed for a taste of success this time:)

  6. Thanks a lot Amina for visiting my blog and posting your wonderful comments. You have a beautiful blog and the Aval looks simply mouthwatering. Glad to follow you.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Super delicious tomato poha..i do almost the same too whenever i feel lazy to cook..

  8. Adding tomato with aval is new to me! Shall try this soon!

  9. mmmm.... Yummy and delicious dish.

  10. simple and looks delicious. Following u


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