Poha (Crispy flattened rice)

"Pohe, a Marathi dish of flattened rice, onions, potatoes, crushed peanuts, shredded coconut, chopped cilantro, and a hint of lime". One of my friends posted this description on her Facebook wall. 

Immediately after reading this description, I prepared Pohe. I couldn't resist. 

In India, the atmosphere at weddings is amazing. You meet all your relatives after such long time and have endless rounds of games and singing. I always wonder how the lady of the house manages so many guest at one time. Now of course there is catering which takes care of everything but when we were children there was no such thing. The ladies used to toil in the kitchen and yet  everything went smoothly and everyone got their breakfast and lunches on time.

Poha is one thing I remember in these functions. It is a maharashtrian breakfast item and it is best if eaten hot and fresh. Eating hot poha along with tea and chatting with everyone is such a delight. This recipe is very quick and easy to make and can be eaten with sev  too.

Poha

Ingredients

Poha

  • Medium thick poha--2 cups
  • Onions--2
  • Green chillies-4-5
  • Turmeric powder

  • Peanuts--A fistful
  • Curry Leaves

Procedure

Take Poha in a sieve and pour water on it and let all the water drain.Wait for 5 minutes for the poha to get soft and separated. If you are using very thick poha, then you need to soak it in water at least 4-5 minutes and then drain the water and leave it aside for at least 20 minutes. Bottom line... poha should be soft enough and not soggy at the same time. 

Take oil in a pan and heat it. Now add mustard seed and as they pop, add turmeric and jeera. Add the peanuts and roast them. Now add the onions and sauté for some time before adding all the poha to it. Saute for some time and add salt and a pinch of sugar.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves,grated coconut , lemon juice  and enjoy!

Note: The amount of time taken for poha to get soft varies on the type..thick poha take more time than medium ones.

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