Breakfast Item: Poha
I have been asked to give some recipes on breakfast items. Here is one. Nice for all seasons but autumn.
Poha is flattened rice. It can be purchased in an Indian grocer. There are two types; thick or thin. Thick is used in cooking while thin is stirred into a mixture rather than being cooked.
2 cups thick poha
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
3 tablespoons peanuts
1/2 cup minced onion (about 1 medium onion)
6 curry leaves
1 small green chili, minced
1/2 cup cut carrots and green peas
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
1. Place the poha in a large bowl and wash it under cold water. Strain in colander. Do this just before cooking – the poha shouldn’t sit for more than 10 minutes.
2.Heat the oil in a wok type pan and add black mustard seeds. When they pop, add the peanuts and cook on medium heat till the peanuts turn lightly golden.
3.Then add the onion, curry leaf and green chili. Sauté on medium heat till the onion is translucent.
4. Then add the carrots and green peas. Stir well.
5. Sprinkle turmeric and salt. Stir and cook for a few seconds.
6. Add the drained poha. Cook on low heat for about 3 minutes.
7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime juice.