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.