Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Organic Beaten Red Rice Flakes (Poha) Breakfast/Snack

Indian Vegetarian Breakfast Special
Organic Beaten Red Rice Flakes (Poha)
A healthy alternative to the classic White Poha Breakfast/Snack
Serves 2

Organic Beaten Red Rice Flakes (Thick Poha)- 3 Cups
Green Chillies (Hari Mirch)- 3-4, Finely Chopped
Potatoes (Aloo)- 2 Medium, Finely Chopped
Olive Pomace Oil- 1 Tbsp.
Organic Mustard Seeds (Rai)- 1 Tsp.
Organic Fennel Seeds (Saunf)- 1Tsp. 
Onion- 1, Finely Sliced

Salt (Namak)- To Taste
Organic Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- 1/4 Tsp.
Sugar (Cheeni)- 1/2 Tsp.
Ratlami Sev- To Garnish
Chopped Coriander (Dhaniya)- To Garnish
Pomegranate Seeds (Anar Dana)- To Garnish
Lemon Juice (Nimbu ka Ras)- To taste
Jeeravan Powder

For Kadak Chai:
Wagh Bakri Tea- 

Wash the Poha in a strainer 2 times till the Water comes out clean

Sprinkle some Salt, Turmeric & Few Drops of Oil while mixing the Poha

Keep it aside for about 8-10 Minutes

Heat Oil in a Wide Non Stick Pan
Add Mustard and as they start to splutter add Fennel Seeds
Add the Green Chilies, Onions and Sauté till the Onions turn Translucent

Add Potatoes, Sprinkle some Water & Cover to Cook till Potatoes are Soft

Add the Strained Poha, sprinkle Salt, Sugar and Mix thoroughly

Sprinkle some more Water, Cover & Cook it for 5-10 more Minutes to let it cook in its own Steam
Serve Hot Garnished with Coriander, Sev & Pomegranate Sprinkled with Jeeravan Powder with Kadak Chai (Strong Masala Tea)!

If needed, feel free to decrease/increase the Poha quantity (according to personal preference) 
Be very careful while washing the Thin Poha as it becomes mushy easily. Try to change the water and wash Poha till water comes out clean and keep the Poha dry

The majority of recipes in Andhra, Tamilnadu and North India are prepared from 2 types of Poha:
Thick Poha- Used for Chivda and they puff when deep fried
Semi Thick Poha- Used for Kanda/Batata/Indori Poha
The other 2 varieties like Medium Poha and Paper Poha are easily available & more often used in Western Indian cuisine.
Poha is a simple to prepare, high calorie yet nutritious, low fat and low calorie breakfast, snack or brunch enjoyed by people of all age groups!
During our stay in Vadodara, some of the best Poha (with Chai) was always from the Tea Shops (Chai-Poha Stall)
As we all want to Turn our Traditional Dishes into a Nutritious Meal, can Add 3 Tbsp of Finely Chopped Carrot, 2 Tbsp. of Green Peas & 2 Tbsp. Of Finely Chopped French Beans

For a fasting/festival day meal, Grandmothers (both my Paternal & Maternal) & Mom prefers to have a light meal like Upma, Poha, Dosa, ideally without Onion Garlic

The Link for the same on the Blog is:

Ideally this recipe can be made by using Pure Ghee to enhance the flavors (and provide instant Energy to a person who has been working out/fasting all day!)

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)


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