Breakfast poha

 

Poha is the Indian name for flattened, or beaten rice flakes.  There are many versions of this popular recipe, traditionally eaten for breakfast but great as a snack or side dish at any time of day.  It's very easy to make, and I just love it.

1 cup of poha (available from most Asian grocery shops)

1-2 tablespoons of oil (unrefined coconut oil is a good choice)

1 stalk of curry leaves

1-2 green chillies

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Juice of half a lemon

2 tablespoons of peanuts, freshly roasted (optional)

1/2 cup of finely diced fried potatoes (optional)

lots of freshly coriander 

Rinse and soak the poha for a few minutes.  The flakes should soften and start to swell, but stay separate and not turn into mush.  Heat oil in a frying pan and add mustard and cumin seeds.  When they start to pop, throw in curry leaves, green chilli and onion and stir briskly for a couple of minutes until onions soften and start to brown.  Add poha, turmeric, salt and sugar and stir fry quickly.  Add potatoes if using, cover and cook for a couple of minutes until poha is soft - but be careful not to overcook.  Finish by squeezing the juice of half a lemon over it, and top with roasted peanuts and fresh coriander.