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Poha – all time fav brkfst/lunch/dinner…period!!

Yes, it is  because of the following reasons

1.It can be made in 15 min flat

2.It tastes good

3.Very apt for lunchbox

4.It can be made with normal  ingredients

5.It can be made nutritious  and it still tastes good!!!

It was a sin not to post this recipe for so long, since I end up making it atleast twice a week, today I did the photo shoot and hence thought will post it before I procrastinate.

Ingredients

Poha(thick variety) – 1 cup

grated carrots – 1/2 cup (diced carrots take little longer to cook)

frozen peas – 1/4 cup

chopped onions – 1 small

finely chopped chillies – 4 or 5

salt & sugar

Half a lemon juice

Haldiram’s bhujia / Grated coconut for garnish

Method

Well…cooking poha is pretty simple, it does not involve a process, just a few tips. Whenever I skipped one of these tips, my poha did not turn quite right. So you can skip the steps and just read the tips and that will suffice.

Tip #1 Make sure the poha is of thick variety and make sure you wash it nicely till it is little soft to touch , drain it in a colander and leave it for 10 minutes. This 10 minute wait time is very important, after all cooking it takes only 5 min.

Tip #2 Please try to add the mentioned number of green chillies, because somehow red chilly powder does not go well with this dish and without green chillies this dish will turn out bland

Ok, now coming to the steps…the usual

1.Heat oil in a wok and splutter some mustard and cumin seeds.

2.Add turmeric , green chillies and onion and saute for a couple of minutes till the onions soften

Tip #3 It is important to add turmeric to the oil, else the poha does not get a uniform color!

3.Add the grated carrots & peas and cook them for not more than 2 mins.

Tip #4 Season the veggie mixture with sufficient salt & sugar before mixing in the poha. If you try to add salt in the end, it never mixes up properly and you will salty & bland poha in the same bowl!!

4.Season with salt & sugar, mix in the poha immediatly and switch off the stove. Pour in the lemon juice,some chopped coriander and mix it up well

Tip #5 Make sure the contents in the wok have little bit of moisture when you mix in the poha. Otherwise sprinkle few drops of water. The poha soaks up that little moisture and it stays soft , without this moisture it ends up dry and hard.

I know…there are more tips than the actual steps!!

Options

Garnish with bhujia/coconut depending on your undying love for whichever

You can add raw peanuts/finely diced potatoes while sauteing onions

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