Picante Poha

What is fluffy, chatpati, and takes only a few minutes to make? It's poha that is never leftover in my house.


1 cup chopped onions
1 cup cut boiled potato
1 sliced green chili
1 cup cut tomato
1/2 cup peas
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp ground coriander powder
3 cups thick poha (flattened rice)
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp water

Optional Ingredients

1/2 lemon squeezed
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp shredded coconut
4-5 coriander or cilantro sprigs

Rinse the poha two to three times and set aside. Poha soaks any remaining water. After 10 minutes poha swells to about 4 cups. Saute the onions. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Cover for a few seconds then add chilies, potato and tomato. Stir constantly for a minute and add peas. Add poha, water, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garlic and salt. Stir for 4 - 5 minutes.

Once it's cooked, add lemon juice and garnish with coconut and cilantro. Serve warm for breakfast or with afternoon tea.

Serves four.

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