I am told that when a Maharashtra woman was (is?) in the "viewing" stage, she'd serve this to potential suiters to show her talents. Well, for some, their mother's or maid's talents, but it is a "must know how" to cook breakfast.
What is poha?
Poha is an unhusked flattened rice. This make it gluten free. It is found in many Indian cuisines, and also in Nepal and Bangladesh.
Recipe for Poha
There are a variety of recipes, but this is a simple-ish ones. You can choose to leave out the peanuts or potatoes. I've also had it with green peas.
2 cups flattened rice
1 red onion, sliced and diced
3-4 small potatoes, boiled (peeled if you prefer, but i used thin skin potatoes and scrubbed them)
hand full curry leaves
2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp hing
1 green chili
1 tsp white sugar
2 tbsp peanuts
2 tbsp oil (high heating point is good, we use coconut oil, peanut oil is also recommended)
dash of red chili powder
1 tbsp turmeric
salt to taste
fresh coriander for garnish
coconut powder (if you have it, or fresh coconut is fine)
diced and seeded tomatoes (if you like, I didn't this time)
Instructions for making poha or making pohe
|Make poha - On the rinsed poha, add turmeric, |
chili and coconut powder
Heat your oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add in the black mustard seeds, stir and add hing. Add in curry leaves and diced onion.
When onion is translucent, add the green chili and white sugar.
|Fry up the onion, peanuts and spices|
Add poha to the pan and stir well. Be sure to not let too much stick, but, it will :)
Cook 3-5 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it steam to finish cooking.
Add garnish and serve hot!
|Serve poha (pohe) hot! Squeeze lime and garnish.|
What do you think of this recipe?