Flattened rice is not like our normal rice. It is one of the common food items among the rural area of India. Especially the Eastern India, where it is taken as an alternative to Rice or chapati. Popularly known as Poha or Chirwa.
Flattened rice is actually a type of rice dish made from raw, toasted, or parboiled rice grains pounded into flat flakes.
Being an important source of food, they are of high demand and people prefer to get them made by themselves in local mills than buying from market. The mills is not like a big machinary set up, it is kind of small coal furnace and few spinning machinery.
During the season the mills is of high demand and you will always find villagers queeing up at this place to get their turn from early morning. They bring the water soaked paddy (rice grains) from home.
More interesting thing about making of flattened rice is that they use sand to fry the wet paddys. Once the mills open, the furnace operator,start toasting the paddys into the big furnace. Which is made up of mud with ignition from sideways. It is quite an old set up.
I went their, to get my flattened rice ready and recorded the entire process on my camera. It is worth to watch some of the tradional approach of making these flattened rice. BTW.. FYI...
Poha is a wholesome meal. It is a good source of carbohydrates, packed with iron, rich in fibre, a good source of antioxidants and essential vitamins and is gluten free. It is known to be good for those who have diabetes, skin and heart problems.
@c0ff33a it is not advanced machine, but definately a worth seeing sometjing unique from interior part of India.
Hope you enjoy this video which shows the tradional approach of making of poha aka flattened rice.
PS : Video edited using mobile inshot app