Natco Powa is a brand that sells rice flakes available in the market, especially in the United Kingdom through Red Rickshaw. Powa is a type of rice that has been parboiled, rolled, flattened, and dried to produce flakes, hence the term “rice flakes.” It comes in different thickness depending on the pressure that has been put to it during the process of making it. It is a very popular ingredient of Asian flaked rice recipe and many Asians eat it in their diurnal living. However, recipes with rice flakes are not only limited to Asian countries as rice flakes are now available in different parts of the world. For instance, in the United Kingdom.
Rich in carbohydrates. In substitute to bread, people can opt to eat rice flakes as it is also rich in carbohydrates. It has a high carbohydrate count as a cup of powa has an approximate amount of 46.3gm of carbohydrates. More so, a single-serve is sufficient to satiate one’s hunger for full hours.
Great source of iron. Powa also contains a high iron count of 2.67 mg in a cup. It has a high iron count because of the process of producing it that involves it passing through rollers. Then, along the flattening process, the rice retains nutrients from the iron rollers.
Source of probiotic. One of the processes of producing the rice flakes involves partial fermentation. This process retains the probiotic bacteria that is essential for one’s gut and it also assists digestion.
Controls blood sugar levels. Powa prevents spikes in blood sugar levels as it promotes a slow and steady release of sugar into the bloodstream.
Low in calories. Powa contains various nutrients and vitamins and among them is a calorie. A single vegetable powa contains around 250 calories and that is due to the presence of curry leaves in it. Hence, when one is strict about diet, powa helps.
One of the rice flakes recipes is the Indian rice dish.
- 2 cups powa
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil or any preferred oil
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 5 to 6 curry leaves
- 1 medium onion
- 1 large potato
- Peanuts with skins removed
- A pinch of turmeric
- ½ juiced lime
- Salt to taste
- Chopped coriander
- Optional: 2 green chillies
- Put the powa in a sieve and wash with running water for 2 minutes.
- Keep it aside to drain.
- Heat pan with the oil in medium heat and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chillies.
- Fry until the spluttering stops and add the onion. Fry until soft and translucent.
- Add the peanuts and potatoes and frequently stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Drain the powa to remove all water and add it to the aforementioned mix. Add the turmeric powder and stir well to mix the ingredients.
- Cook for another minute and turn the heat off. Then, pour the lime juice over the powa and mix well.
- Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.