Red Rice Poha - Healthy Snack Recipes

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

There are innumerable varieties of rice found across the country and the world. With the advent of the green revolution, white rice came to replace other varieties as the staple food in our country. However, red rice is extremely nutritious and offers numerous health benefits as well.

Red rice is rich in fibre and has a higher mineral, protein and antioxidant content. It is rich in iron and zinc. It contains B vitamins, calcium, zinc and iron, manganese, selenium, magnesium and other nutrients. What’s more, red rice contains the pigment anthocyanin which has antioxidant properties and free radical scavenging capacities among other health benefits. Tata Sampann Red Rice Poha is a great option if you’re looking to incorporate this grain into your diet.

Here we’ve listed a few healthy snack recipes for you to try with red rice poha.

Vella Aval

This sweet poha dish can be enjoyed as a healthy evening snack or even a dessert. Soak a cupful of red rice poha for around 10 minutes. In a heavy bottomed pan, dissolve ¾ cup jaggery in ¼ cup water and stir until it thickens. With the flame on low, mix in about ½ cup of grated coconut and allow this to cook for 2 minutes. Next, mix in the poha or aval with ¼ tsp cardamom powder. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring intermittently. Garnish with nuts and dried fruit, and dig in!

Veggie Poha Bowl

Packed with nutrition, this is the perfect post-work evening snack. In a colander, wash red rice poha under running water and set aside. Sauté rai (black mustard seeds), curry leaves or kadi patta and dried red chillies for about a minute. Next, add chopped onions and sauté until lightly brown. Add green chillies, peas and red capsicum along with dhania powder, jeera powder, red chilli powder and salt. Cook until the peas soften. Add in the poha and sauté for 3 minutes. Garnish with roasted peanuts, coriander and a splash of lime juice. Lime not only adds Vitamin C, but it also helps in better absorption of iron. Sprinkling lime on poha makes it even healthier. Serve hot!

Red Rice Poha Chivda


This poha chivda will make a great healthy snack for your kids’ tiffins or for when you have unexpected guests. It keeps well when packed in an airtight container. To make the chivda, take pre-roasted chana, peanuts and curry leaves, and roast them along with a tsp of oil. Set them aside once they turn golden brown. In the same pan, add 1 tsp of oil and add red rice poha, haldi powder, chilli powder, a bit of sugar and salt to taste. Roast these ingredients until crisp and transfer to a large bowl. In the pan, roast cashew nuts and raisins with a bit of oil until nicely browned. Add all the ingredients into the bowl with the poha and mix well. Allow the mixture to cool before transferring it into a container for storage.

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