Poha (Flattened Rice) is a very common and simple ingredient which you would find in most of the indian kitchens. It can be used for making varieties of dishes – both sweet and savory. It helps in whipping up a quick entrée for breakfast or dinner.
Poha (Flattened Rice / Aval) – 2 cups
Oil – 1tbsp
Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 1 tbsp
Peanuts – ¼ cup
Mustard Seed – ½ tsp
Curry Leaves – from 1 twig
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Potato – 1 (Peeled and finely chopped)
Carrot – ½ (finely chopped)
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves (tightly packed) – 1 ½ cup
Grated Coconut – ¼ cup
Green Chillies- 2
Ginger – ½ inch piece
Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
Salt – to suit taste
Take the Poha in a colander and hold it under running water for 30 to 40 seconds. Toss well to drain the water. Keep aside.
Grind together all the ingredients under “To Grind” column into a semi fine paste with 1 to 2 tbsp of water.
Heat the Oil in a broad pan. Add the peanuts and fry it crisp. Transfer the peanuts to a plate and keep aside.
Add Ghee to the remaining Oil in the pan. Add Mustard Seeds. When thy crackle, add the Onions and Curry Leaves. Stir cook for a minute in medium flame.
Add the Potato and a pinch of Salt. Stir cook for a minute.
Add Carrot. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook in low flame till the vegetables get cooked well.
Add the Coriander paste and sauté for a couple of minutes.
Now, add the Poha, Sugar and Salt and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes. If you feel that the Poha is too stiff or dry, sprinkle 1 or 2 tbsp of water and mix well. Cover the pan with a lid, simmer for 1 to 2 minutes in low flame.
Add the fried Peanuts.
Stir cook for a few seconds.
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot. If you prefer, sprinkle some Lemon Juice.