Poha, which is made from flattened rice, is a recipe originating from western India. Its easy to cook and its a very nutritious dish. Its normally eaten for breakfast but can also be eaten as a snack at anytime. Poha can be found in any Indian grocery store in your city. We like to eat it with a splash of lemon or lime and with coconut chutney or plain, thick yogurt. Poha goes very nicely with a hot cup of chai!
- 2 cups poha (flattened rice)
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 5 curry leaves
- 2 green or red chilies, chopped into tiny pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 large potato, quartered and sliced very thin
- A handful of peanuts
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- Juice of 1/2 a lime or lemon
- Salt, to taste
- Chopped coriander (cilantro)
- Wash poha under running water and keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan on medium flame and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and chilies. Fry till the spluttering stops and then add the onion. Fry until the onion is soft and translucent.
- Add the peanuts and potatoes and stir frequently. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Drain the poha completely to remove all water and add it to the mixture. Add the turmeric powder and stir well, blending all ingredients.
- Cook for one minute. Turn off the heat.
- Pour lemon or lime juice over the poha and mix well.
- Garnish with chopped coriander (we decided to throw the coriander in with the mixture) and serve hot.