Saturday, 15 October 2011

Poha (Roasted, Pound Rice Cooked with Vegetables.)

Poha is eaten in almost all parts of India. When cooked with vegetables it provides good nutrition, is light on stomach so easy to digest, and is easy to make. Accompanied with Porridge and fruits it makes a complete first meal of the day. It is a very popular dish of Maharashtra (India).

Preparation time: 10 min.
Cooking time: 15min.
Servings :4 - 5 medium sized servings.

Material Required For Poha 
  • 150 gm. Poha(Roasted, flat pounded rice).
  • 1 Medium Onion.( finely cut)
  • 25 gm. Fresh Green Peas.
  • 1 Medium size Tomato(finely cut)
  • 2 - 3 Tea spoons Finely cut Carrot.
  • 2 Tea spoons Finely chopped Coriander leaves.
  • 1 Medium size Potato (Finely cut)
  • 1 Tea spoon Cumin seeds.
  • 1/2 Tea spoon Mustard seeds.
  • 3-4 Curry leaves.
  • 1-2 Green Chillies (finely cut).
  • 2 Tea spoons of Cooking oil.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1/2 Tea spoon Turmeric powder 
Directions To Make Poha 
  • Take a sieve and place Poha on it and wash it with water. 
  • Let the water drain so that the Poha becomes wet and soft but not soggy. 
  • Take a wok put oil in it place heat it.
  • When the oil is smoking hot put mustard seeds,then cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chillies and cook for 30 sec.
  • Add potatoes and cook for 2-3 min.
  • Add carrots, peas and cook for 2-3 min.
  • Add tomatoes and cook for 5 min.
  • Add water soaked Poha, turmeric powder, salt and mix.
  • Cover and cook for 5-10min. with occasional stirring.
  • Add coriander leaves , mix cover and remove from gas.
 Serve hot poha with curd / Coconut chutney / Coriander Mint chutney
 / Hariyali chutney

  •  Carrots, Peas can be replaced by French beans,Cauliflower . 
  •  If cooked in non stick wok then oil can be reduced to 1 tea spoon.
Suggested Variations:
  • For those who are not dieting roasted Ground nut can be added. They add to the taste, protein but lots of calories also.
  • Poha can also be be made without putting vegetables.
  • Only onions can be put while making poha.

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