Poha, is nothing but rice that has been parboiled, rolled, flattened and then dried to produce flakes. The flakes have no particular aroma and taste. Depending on the method of cooking, they can be soft or crunchy.
There are many varieties of flatten rice. The thick variety has been used for this preparation.
Poha is a popular breakfast and snack. Light on the palate, easy to cook in innumerable ways. Innovation is the keyword here !! 😉
Flattened rice a lactose-free, fat-free and heart-friendly food.
It is a good source of 11 essential vitamins and minerals including iron. As the flakes are usually pounded using an iron mortar and pestle, the process boosts the iron content.
Here’s what i did……………
Makes for 2 -3 persons
2 cups – flattened rice /poha
1/2 cup – finely chopped onion
1 nos – small to medium sized potato
2 nos – green chilli
1 tsp – green peas
2 tbsp – chopped vegetables ( yellow and red bell peppers, french beans)
1/2 tsp – grated ginger
1 sprig – curry leaves
1 1/2 tsp – finely chopped coriander / cilantro
1/2 tsp – tumeric powder
1/4 tsp – black mustard seeds
1 tsp – sugar
2 tsp – lime juice
1 1/2 tbsp – oil
salt to taste
Chop all vegetables finely. Wash and drain. Chop the green chillies too.
Heat oil in a wok, temper with mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the curry leaves and chopped onion. Fry onion till translucent and add the potatoes. Lower the flame and cover till potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile, rinse the flattened rice. Drain the water well. Keep aside.
Once potatoes are tender, add the rest of the chopped vegetables. Add the green chilli, tumeric and salt. Cook on a low flame till the vegetables are tender, yet crunchy.
Add the flattened rice. Fold it in gently. Increase the flame to medium. Season with salt and sugar. Cook for 4-5 mins. Add the lime juice and garnish with chopped coriander /cilantro.
Take it off fire, immediately.
Note : You may garnish with market bought namkeen or bareek sev (optional)
Happy cooking !! 🙂
Cheers !! 😀