Traditionally south Indians are used to eating sumptuous breakfast in the form of idly, dosa, uppuma, appam etc. In the past decade, breakfast cereals like oats and corn flakes are gaining popularity among the urban folks. According to an old adage, one should eat “Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”. Nonetheless, quick breakfast is often welcome on a busy morning. Light breakfast can be prepared at home using rice flakes or puffed rice. Here’s an easy way of making healthy breakfast cereal at home, using rice flakes.
|Rice flakes (அவல்)|
Rice flakes or beaten rice (அவல்) is easily digestible form of rice, and is readily available in your neighbourhood grocery shops. You get thin or thick flakes, as well as red or white flakes depending on the variety of rice used to make them. Traditionally rice flakes are used for preparing uppuma, payasam and snacks. Rice flakes mixed with nuts can be deep fried to make a savoury or eaten raw as a snack. Beaten rice is rich in vitamins especially A, B6 and C, as well as minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium.
Rice flakes/Poha (அவல்) – ½ teacup or 100ml measure
Milk – ¾ teacup or 150ml measure
Sugar – 2 teaspoons
Honey – 1 teaspoon
Seedless dates – 3 no
Raisins – 1 teaspoon
Cashew nuts – 3-4 no
Method: Wash rice flakes in water twice and drain completely. If you have got the thick variety, soak rice flakes in water for 1 minute before draining. Chop dates into small pieces. Mix rice flakes, sugar, dates, cashew nuts and raisins together in a microwave safe bowl. Add milk and mix well. Cook in the oven for 2-3 minutes on micro-high. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 2 minutes. Now add honey and enjoy your breakfast!
Note: You may add banana slices, apple pieces or papaya cubes before serving.
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