Monday, 17 November 2014

Poha | A perfect breakfast with flavorsome moistened rice flakes

I cannot compromise with food and its tastes. It has to be utterly good. Even the simplest of recipes get a twist in my kitchen and undergo a complete overhauling.Aaah!! That's me! Food is sacred! Its taste has to be nothing else but BEST!

Healthy food sounds so boring, isn't it? Yes they do, but its up-to to us to make them taste good, look attractive and at the same time maintain the health quotient. Pohas, a dish from Maharashtra is a much-favorite perennial breakfast recipe at my home. Light, healthy and totally yummy to the core.
The ingredients are very basic and easily available and the dish gets ready in less than 20 minutes. So for a hurried married working woman (which i am :P ), this dish comes out as a saviour. Saves time and at the same time pleases my Mr.P as well. Oh! He seems to have fallen in love with my Poha recipe now. And its only on his request that i make this at my place, which has become so often now. 

The fluffiness of moist poha and the burst of flavors - spiciness, tanginess and sweetness at the same time, take my version of poha to a different level all together.

Try it and you will for sure start making this often too.

2 cups - Rice Flakes (Chivda)
1 finely chopped onion
1 big sized potato (cut in cubes, blanched)
1/3 cup green peas (blanched)
5 tbsp - Peanuts 
1 green chilli (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
Salt to taste
Pinch of Sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Oil for cooking
Sprig of curry leaves (chop the curry leaves, if needed)
Chopped coriander, for garnish

Steps to follow:- 

1. Thoroughly wash the rice flakes in a colander under running water and let it rest for sometime, till the excess water drains out.
2. Heat a wok and add some oil in it.
3. Throw in the black mustard seeds and curry leaves in the oil and let them crackle.
4. Add onions and green chilli and saute for 2-3 mins.
5. Now add chopped potatoes and blanched peas and let them cook for a min or two.
6. Add turmeric, coriander powder, red chilli powder and mix well.
7. Now mix in the moistened rice flakes and mix vigorously.
8. Add salt and garam masala.

NOTE: Poha should not be dry so incase you feel it is, add in some oil.

9. Lid for 2-3 minutes and simmer the flame.
10. In a separate wok, add 1 tsp oil, and add the peanuts.
11. Shallow fry the peanuts until light brown in color. 
12. Once done, unlid the pan and throw in the peanuts as well along with some chopped coriander.
13. Add some sugar and finally squeeze in the lemon juice. Mix well.
14. Lid the pan again and turn off the flame.
15. Serve after 5 mins topped with Haldiram's Aloo bhujia or besan sev.

 Poha makes a simple yet delicious breakfast accompanied with a hot ginger tea, especially in winter months. A light and healthy meal packed with nutrition from rice flakes and peanuts.

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