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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Paalatakulu / Sweetened Milk Poha

I was on a tight time schedule for the past two weeks to even ponder about recipes and my post today is an apt one when stuck in similar situations. Or when one is looking for a quick snack / breakfast option in the rush hours. I am supposed to post recipes that feature only three ingredients, as part of the blogging marathon theme this week. After giving the theme a little thought, I realized that I didn't really need to go around scouring for interesting recipes over the web. There are a number of everyday recipes that are regular in my kitchen which involve only three ingredients like this paalatakulu for instance.

Paalatakulu is basically beaten rice flakes dunked in sweetened milk and probably a familiar one in many south Indian homes. This used to be a quick snack, we children would prepare on our own whenever we felt hungry in the evenings. It was way long before I became acquainted with the breakfast cereals of the Western world. The steps of preparation are pretty basic and so simple that I was wondering whether a recipe is really needed for this. Some leftover boiled milk after coffee / tea preparations is commonly found over the kitchen counters in Indian homes. That milk, beaten rice flakes and sugar are mixed and allowed to sit for few minutes before eating it.

Ingredients for a serving:
1/2 cup thick variety beaten rice flakes
3/4 to 1 cup warm milk or boiled and cooled milk
Sugar to taste

* Rinse the beaten rice flakes using water and drain. This step is optional.
* Add sugar to milk and dissolve it. This step is also optional.
* Add the beaten rice flakes to the milk and let it sit until the rice flakes soften.
(The variety of beaten rice flakes I get locally take about 2 to 3 minutes to soften. The variety available in India take longer time.)
* Stir the mixture and serve immediately.

This is going to be a part of Blogging marathon #64 under the theme '3 ingredients' based dishes' and check here to find out what other marathoners are cooking today.



Srivalli said...

I agree we do end up spending so much time planning over these dishes, when we have such wonderful dishes all simple and easy to make and we never think about them!..so nicely done Suma..

Varadas Kitchen said...

It is so fun to recreate childhood favorites, especially the simplest of them. I remember this one.

Priya Suresh said...

Love this sweetened milk poha, my all time favourite, makes me nostalgic Suma.

vaishali sabnani said...

Ee make these was Sharad Poornima , what a delicious and simple recipe .

Nalini's Kitchen said...

I do make this one when I ran out snacks,lovely recipe.

Pavani N said...

Simple, filling and yummy poha with milk.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love this simple treat! I love Paal saadham (milk and rice). This is something similar to that :)

Gayathri Kumar said...

I make a similar dish but they are on the drier side. This one looks so yum with lots of milk..

Sapana Behl said...

Such a wonderful looking poha.

Harini-Jaya R said...

My grandma used to eat this for dinner almost every other day. Thanks for reminding such an easy snack/breakfast idea.

Chef Mireille said...

I love porridge for breakfast in all its forms - would love to try this version