Poha is a snack from the beautiful state of Maharashtra in India. Having grown up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, it is one of Ashok’s all time favorite snacks. Ajay loves it too. Avinash, who is a light eater, enjoys this light snack. I love it making it on Saturday evenings when Ashok comes home exhausted and hungry from work. This dish is easy to make but takes some practice. I have failed at it once, twice, five times and many times. But I finally have mastered the poha. I guess I am now truly Mumbai’s daughter-in-law
I hope you enjoy it as much as do!
Batata Poha (Flattened rice with potato) (Serves 4 hungry people who love poha)
Based on this recipe.
5 cups poha (thick flattened rice)
2 big potatoes, boiled, peeled & mashed roughly
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tsp mustard seeds
few curry leaves
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 green chilli, finely chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1.5 tsp salt or as per your taste
1/2 tsp sugar
juice of a lime
1 heaped tbsp of grated coconut, for garnish
chopped cilantro, for garnish
2 tbsp oil
Rinse the poha using your fingers to clean it. Drain it. Then soak it in water for 45 seconds to a minute – *no longer*. Drain well. Set aside.
Heat oil in a vessel.
Add in the mustard seeds & let it splutter.
Next add the curry leaves & let it sizzle in the hot oil.
Add the chopped green chillies & fry till it turns crisp.
Next add the onions & fry till they turn just transparent. Do not let it brown.
Add turmeric powder & saute for a few seconds.
Add the frozen peas and let the cook.
Add the roughly mashed potatoes & mix well.
Pour over the lemon juice & mix well.
Add salt, sugar & mix well.
Add the washed poha & mix well.
Garnish with grated coconut & chopped cilantro. Cover the vessel.
Simmer for 10 minutes. Be sure to mix the poha every so often. This is so that the poha doesn’t burn and stick to the pan.
Once done, serve hot.