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Poha recipe – The healthy Indian breakfast

Poha recipe – The healthy Indian breakfast

Poha is a very interesting dish. Its high in carbohydrates and can be made into a vitamin powerhouse of a dish to start your day. Growing up its a dish that I enjoyed a lot. While it was not my absolute favorite this Poha recipe is definitely up there.

Poha or flattened rice is an excellent source of pro-biotics. It is also great for diabetics. Its easily digestible, high on iron content and low on calories. If you add veggies to it becomes even more healthy. And guess what ? It’s super easy and quick to cook.

Poha recipe
Poha recipe

 

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Poha Recipe

June 6, 2020
: 2
: 15 min
: 15 min
: 30 min
: Low

The dish is versatile in the sense it can be a good way to ensure veggies get included in our diets. I tend to use a lot of veggies to make it a healthy fiber laden dish. Feel free to use a lot of peanuts. It adds texture as well a little crunch to the dish. Poha without crunch can taste pretty clammy.

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Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups poha.
  • 1/4 cup chopped beans
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 potato chopped and shallow fried.
  • 1.5 tsp raw peanuts
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt / To taste
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander for garnishing
  • 1/2 lemon
Directions
  • Step 1 Prepare the potato by gently shallow frying them. Set Aside
  • Step 2 Rinse the Poha in a strainer under running water until it turns soft.
  • Step 3 Add turmeric and salt to the Poha and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Step 4 Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Step 5 Add the fennel seeds and let them pop.
  • Step 6 Add the chopped onion and green chilli. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Step 7 Then add the peanuts and sauté for couple of minutes.
  • Step 8 Add the green peas . Cook until the raw smell goes away.
  • Step 9 Add the tomato and potato.
  • Step 10 Add in the Poha and mix well.
  • Step 11 If it feels dry you can sprinkle some water and mix.
  • Step 12 Add salt to taste.
  • Step 13 Add the sugar.
  • Step 14 Cover the dish and cook for a couple of minutes on low flame.
  • Step 15 Switch off the flame and let it be for a minute.
  • Step 16 Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice and mix.(Optional)
  • Step 17 Garnish Poha with Coriander/Cilantro and serve.

Tips

The dish is versatile in the sense it can be a good way to ensure veggies get included in our diets. I tend to use a lot of veggies to make it a healthy fiber laden dish.

Feel free to use a lot of peanuts. It adds texture as well a little crunch to the dish. Poha without crunch can taste pretty clammy.

I prefer to garnish my Poha with coriander leaves. You can also use mint leaves,fresh pomegranate, Sev or grated coconut. It depends on which part of India you are from.

I used fennel seeds (Saunf) instead of mustard seeds. Adds a very different flavor.

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Rinse the Poha in a strainer under running water until it turns soft.

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Poha recipe

Add turmeric and salt to the Poha and toss to combine. Set aside.

Prepare the potato by gently shallow frying them.

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Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
Add the fennel seeds and let them pop.

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Then add the chopped onion and green chilli and cook for 2 minutes.

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Then add the peanuts and sauté for two minutes.

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Add the green peas . Cook until the raw smell goes away.

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Add the tomato and patato.

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Add in the poha and mix well.

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If it feels dry you can sprinkle some water and mix.
Add salt to taste.
Add the sugar.

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Cover the pan and cook for a couple of minutes and turn off the flame.
Let it be for a minute or so.
Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.
Garnish Poha with coriander/cilantro and serve.

Poha recipe

There your piping hot breakfast is ready. This is a very easy to do tasty and healthy breakfast. It can also work as a good snack. And for those with a business mind it s a great idea for exotic street food, especially outside of Asia 😉

This is usually the go to breakfast in our household especially if one is running short of time. Which of course is not the case these day

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I enjoyed making it. If you wish to know anything about Poha recipe do reach out via the comments section. I will try my best to share with you.


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