Rice flakes/ Pohe are a type of cereal product made from rice that have been processed to produce flattened, flaky pieces. The process of making rice flakes typically involves several steps, including:
- Cleaning: The whole rice are first cleaned to remove any impurities.
- Dehulling: The outer layer of the rice, known as the hull or husk, is removed using a dehulling machine.
- Soaking: The cleaned rice are soaked in water to reduce the anti-nutrients.
- Drying and roasting: The sprouted rice are solar-dried and gently roasted in uruli.
- Flaking: The rice are passed through a roller mill to flatten them into flakes.
- Drying: The rice flakes are then oven dried to reduce their moisture content and improve their shelf life.
- Packaging: The dried rice flakes are packed into bags or containers for storage and distribution.
Dishes like Poha/ Pohe, Puttu, Chiwda, Pongal, Desserts and more can be made with rice flakes.