Poha


What will you need:

  1. 1 cup Poha (beaten rice)
  2. 1/4 cup peanuts
  3. 5-6 green chillies
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  5. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  6. 1 onion chopped
  7. 1 small potato chopped
  8. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds.
  9. Chopped coriander leaves
  10. 1 stalk curry leaves chopped
  11. Salt to taste
How to make it:
  • Wash and clean Poha 4 to 5 times. Drain water, mix 1 teaspoon of salt (as per quantity) and keep aside.
  • In the cooking pan heat oil, fry peanuts and keep aside.
  • Put mustard seeds in the pan, then potatoes.
  • Stir for 2-3 minutes on medium flame till potatoes are slightly cooked.
  • Add onion, chillies and curry leaves. Stir till onions become golden. Check whether the potatoes are cooked, or else close the lid and let it cook on slow flame.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt to the mixture. ( Remember: Added salt already in the poha, so add salt as per the mixture in the pan)
  • In the mean time, loosen the poha gently.
  • Now add the fried peanuts and Poha to the mixture.
  • Mix well and close it with lid on low flame for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Serve it hot with chopped coriander leaves sprinkled on poha as garnishing and a slice of lemon in the plate.
Quick tips:
If you are in a rush or kids don't prefer to eat onions, chillies etc, in poha, below is a quick recipe of Poha:
  • Wash and clean Poha as mentioned above.
  • In a small bowl, take 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder and salt to taste.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Keep the pan on low flame, add the turmeric, chilli powder and salt mix. (Remember if oil is too hot, remove the pan from the flame, otherwise the mixture will burn)
  • Add poha immediately to avoid the mixture burn.
  • Mix well and Serve hot.
Tips:
  1. Check if the poha is patla or mota (it is mentioned on the pack), if it is patla, drain out all the water after washing and if it is mota, keep very little water after washing, so that poha will become soft. If excess water is kept in patla poha, it will become khichadi
  2. Green peas can be used instead of peanuts. Get it cooked with potatoes
  3. Various types of garnishing can be done as per your taste: 
    • Grated coconut
    • Sev (barik)
    • Chopped onions
"Did you know" fact about Poha: 
 Poha - especially Kanda Poha (poha made with lots of onions in it) - is the most preferred dish to offer in a matrimony alliance set-up meetings of the two family. The bride-to-be is supposed to cook Kanda-Poha and serve it to the family of groom-to-be. It is so common, that this meeting is often referred as 'kanda-poha ceremony of the bride'  :-)