Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Poha Recipe


Poha is mine and my mom's all time favorite. My mom try to make it as nutritious as possible by adding
various vegetables and sometimes soy granules.
Poha is so popular in Maharashtra that when two families meet in case of marriage, 'kanda Pohe' is
served. Maharashtrians make poha in various forms like Kanda Pohe (pohe with onion), Batata Pohe ( pohe
with diced potatoes) and Soybean pohe.

    2 cups poha ( pressed rice flakes/ chirwa)
    1 onion- chopped
    1 potato- peeled and cut into cubes
    1/4 cup shelled green peas
    2 tablespoons peanuts
    1/4 tsp mustard seeds
    salt to taste
    1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    1/2 tsp red chilli powder
    1 tablespoon oil
    5-6 curry leaves
    juice of 1/2 lemon

1. Put poha in a strainer (chhalni) and wash under running water for a few seconds. Keep aside in the strainer to drain.

2. Heat a pan and dry roast peanuts. Peanuts have oil of their own so you don't need oil to roast them.Take them out of the pan.

3. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil and add mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add onion and
curry leaves. Stir fry till onion is slightly brown.

4. Add potato and peas. Stir fry for 1 minute. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Add 1
cup water and cook covered till all water evaporates and vegetables are slightly moistened.

5. Add poha and mix. Lower heat and cook covered for 2-3 minutes stirring once in between. Turn off heat
let it stand for 2 minutes.

6. Mix in roasted peanuts and lemon juice. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve poha hot.

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