‘Chidwa’ is de-husked rice that has been parboiled, rolled, flattened and then dried to produce flakes. Depending on the method of cooking, it can be soft or crunchy.
The flakes are capable of absorbing a large volume of liquid, and hence imbibe flavours well. It is generally used in preparing nutritious light snacks or fast food.
It is easily digestible and provides enough energy. It is a good source of nourishment for pregnant mothers and has low gluten levels. It is also rich in iron, low in sodium, fat and cholesterol.
Gochi is generally considered best to make the finest flattened rice products due to its high nutrient content and red/brown tinge. Poha, a common dish household dish made with flattened rice is easy to digest and a good source of energy.