Thursday, April 22, 2010

POHA - Light and Easy

POHA


A delightful, easy to cook, nutritious breakfast item, brunch, evening snack or a quick fix, light meal when one is not feeling too well, made from flattened rice flakes. Very healthy.

Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes.

This is primarily a Maharashtrian dish, light and easy to prepare; at the most around 15 mins from start to finish.

What to Use ..

Jada poha - flat, beaten rice flakes - 2 coffee mugs full (wash delicately with very little water and drain well - preferably done in a sieve/colander)

Onion - 1 (large, chopped)

Tomato - 1 (medium)

Potatoes - 1 (small, cut into small strips) - OPTIONAL

Haldi (turmeric) - 1/4  teaspoon

Mustard seeds - half a tsp

Curry leaves - 5 - 6

Green chillies - 1 (small, chopped) - OPTIONAL

Roasted peanuts - 6 - 7 (or more according to taste)

Salt - sprinkle well, according to taste

Lime - to squeeze all over to flavour (OPTIONAL)

Chopped coriander leaves - to garnish

Wooden ladle - flat

How to Prepare ..

1) Heat oil in a non-stick pan or wok. Add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies. Fry well.

2) Once the mustard seeds stop spluttering, add the chopped onions and fry well.

3) Add the peanuts and potatoes and fry well

3) Then add the tomatoes and soften. Add the haldi and fry well.

4) Drain the water completely from the "Poha". Put in in along with salt and mix well with the flat ladle so as not to break the flakes.

5) Sprinkle water all over and cover for 2 mins . Then taste and check if it is cooked and done.

6) Squeeze lime all over (OPTIONAL) and garnish with coriander leaves.

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