Poha is a staple breakfast recipe from Maharashtra generally made with onions, potato and flattened rice. It is a quick, easy and healthy option for breakfast or brunch or as a snack. The best thing about poha is that it is light on stomach and easy to digest and yet nutritious. Even though this recipe does not require a lot of spices, it still tastes delicious. Another recipe which you can make from poha is chivda namkeen.
- Poha / Chivda (beaten rice) - 2 cups (thick variety)
- Green Chillis - 1 fine chopped
- Rai ( Sarson / Mustard Seeds ) - 1/2 tsp
- Peanuts ( Peeled Groundnuts ) - 1 tbsp
- Onions ( Pyaaz / Kanda ) - 1 medium (fine chopped)
- Tomatoes ( Tamatar ) - 1 medium (de-pulped and fine chopped)
- Potatoes ( Aloo / Batata ) - 1 medium (boiled)
- Curry Leaves - 9-10
- Capsicum ( Shimla Mirch / Green Bell Peppers ) - 1 small (fine chopped) optional
- Green Peas - 1/2 cup
- Salt - As per taste
- Turmeric Powder ( Haldi ) - 1/4 tsp
- Chaat Masala - 1/4 tsp
- Lemon Juice - 2-3 tsp
- Sugar - 2 tsp or as per preference
- Oil / Ghee - 2 tbsp
1. Rinse the poha in drinking water (preferably cold) in a strainer. Do not rinse it too much or else it will break and get mushy. Keep aside I the strainer itself. This will ensure that the poha absorbs enough water and becomes soft but the excess water gts drained off. This ensures that the poha remains intact, whole and separate.
2. If the poha does not become soft, sprinkle few drops of water on the poha in the strainer till they get softened.
3. Roast the peanuts in a small pan till they become crunchy and keep aside.
4. Peel the potatoes and chop them into small cubes.
5. In a kadhai, heat the oil/ghee and splutter the mustard seeds. Add the curry leaves and fry saute for half a minute.
6. Add the onions and sauté the onions till they become translucent and soften.
7. Now add the chopped potatoes, peas and capsicum and saute till they get slightly fried.
8. Add the tomatoes and green chillis and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
9. Add the salt, turmeric powder and sugar and mix well for 2-3 minutes till the sugar dissolves.
10. Add the poha and mix gently with the rest of the mixture.
11. Saute the entire poha mixture for 2-3 minutes on a low flame, stirring very gently in between. Taste the poha and if required add more salt and sugar. Do ensure that the poha does not break and become mushy.
12. Switch off the flame and mix the chaat masala powder and lemon juice.
13. Garnish with chopped coriander/cilantro leaves and grated fresh coconut and serve hot
1. Adding roasted peanuts and grated coconut adds a lot of flavour and makes it more healthy.
2. The addition of curry leaves and green chilies in the tempering gives nice flavor to the dish with crunchy peanut in it.
3. Poha tastes pretty good when had with some plain yogurt.