Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Poha: Healthy start of the day

This is first dish that I prepared after marriage :). I know this should not be the first dish after  marriage but still, it's an easy to cook and a very health breakfast. My, sis is a huge fan of poha and can have it during all the meals :).

I learnt this dish during my short stay in Maharashtra and since then it's sure shot recipe I seek to, when I am hungry and looking for quick snack.

Preparation Time: 10 mins.
Cooking Time: 10 mins.
Serves 4.

2 cups thick poha (beaten rice flakes)
1 tsp ground nuts
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai )
6 to 8 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 to 2 green chillies , slit
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/4 chopped carrots
1/4 greens peas
1/4 green beans
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
2 tsp oil
1tsp lemon juice
5-6 fried cashew
salt to taste

For garnish:
2 tbsp chopped coriander and few fried cashews.

How to cook step by step:
1. Place the poha in a sieve and wash it under running water for a few seconds. Drain out all excess water and keep aside.
2. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and fry groundnuts for 2 mins and keep them aside.
3. In the same pan add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When seeds crackle, add curry leaves and green chillies and stir for 1 minute.
4. Add the onions and saute till the onions turn golden brown.
5.Add carrot, peas, beans and  turmeric powder, salt.
6. Add poha, sugar, a little more salt, groundnuts and little water and mix well.
7. Cover it wid a lid and cook for next 5 mins.
8. Add lemon juice.
9. Serve hot garnished with the green coriander. I used fried cashew for garnishing as I do not had coriander at home.

Tip: 1. There are different types of poha or avlaki available in market and you need to pick the correct one to get perfect taste and texture :).

2. Sugar and lemon gives a special sweet and sour taste, you will like it.

3. You can add any vegetable your kids like to make it interesting for  them.

Sorry, picture clarity is not good, B took them using his mobile. It's difficult to  take a good pic when  family is hungry and food is delicious, as it vanishes before you take your camera out to show some light ;)

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