Savoury Flattened Rice/Poha

When I was a kid, I used to love the way my grandmother made poha. She would make a huge batch of it and serve it to us in fresh banana leaves.

When I moved to Pune for college, I saw a whole new twist to poha. It was nothing like the traditional poha that my grandmother made. It’s completely different but I equally love both.

Today I made poha, the Maharashtrian way. I’ll post my grandmother’s amazing recipe later.

This dish is suitable from one year onwards. But please do watch out ! Very rarely some people get stomach ache so start with very small servings.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup flattened rice flakes
  2. 1 tsp cumin
  3. 1 tsp turmeric
  4. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  5. 1 whole green chilli, optional
  6. 2 tbsp green peas or peanuts or both.
  7. 1 small chopped boiled potato, optional
  8. Cilantro, for garnish
  9. Salt to taste
  10. A tsp of sugar
  11. Oil to cook
  12. Lemon slices to serve.

Method:

  1. Soften rice flakes by rinsing them in a colander under running water. Rinse till it looses its crunchiness and becomes soft. For younger children, it’s okay to make it slightly mushy.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and add cumin, chopped onion, whole green chilli (remember to remove it before serving), peanuts, salt, peas, turmeric and cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add boiled potatoes and give it all a good mix.
  4. Add the rice flakes and mix it all well. Cook it covered for 5-7 minutes.
  5. When you open the lid, poha will be soft and done. Add sugar.
  6. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro.
  7. Squeeze some lemon and serve warm.

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