Batata Poha (Flattened Rice With Potatoes)
Poha or Flattened Rice is rice which has been pressed and flattened into light, dry flakes. According to Ayurveda, Poha is Vata and Pitta Shaman (Pacifying), and may increase Kapha slightly. Typically, Poha dishes are eaten for breakfast in India as it provides a sustaining amount of healthy carbohydrates that allow the body to have more energy to expend throughout the day. Moreover, Poha also has the ability to nourish Rasa Dhatu and Ojas. It is great for pregnant and nursing postpartum mothers as it increases Kapha and provides strength to the tissues. Additionally, Poha is quick to prepare, accessible and can be prepared into various, diverse meals.
Dr. Bharat Vaidya recommends consuming Poha soaked in milk on Full Moon evenings to alleviate mental disturbances and relieve symptoms of vitiated Pitta. The consumption of Poha is generally easier on the digestive tract and Agni compared to regular prepared rice due to its low-calorie count and high fiber content. While white rice may cause an unanticipated burst in blood sugar, Poha keeps in check any sudden sugar spikes in the blood making it an acceptable food source for those experiencing Hyperglycemia or Diabetes.