A great idea for a working lunch which is how I like to eat poha. This simple, healthy and easy to make dish is actually a breakfast staple but can be easily taken to work for a snack and had as a light dinner as well.
Poha is rice that has been half boiled and then beaten into flakes. The way to prepare poha for a recipe is to give it a quick rinse and then drain it. It absorbs water quickly and becomes nice and soft. If you let it sit in the water for too long it could get mushy. So make sure you drain it.
2 cups poha
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
8-10 curry leaves
1 tsp grated ginger
1 medium onion chopped
1 potato boiled and cut into cubes
small bunch of coriander leaves
1/4 tsp of hing(asafoetida)
1 green chilly chopped
3 tbsp of peanuts roasted
1 tablespoon jaggery powder or brown sugar
salt to taste
Start off by roasting the peanuts for 5 minutes on a low flame stirring continuously till they become nice and golden brown.
Chop the onion and green chilly, wash curry leaves and coriander and set aside. Boil one potato and cut into cubes. Grate around a teaspoon of ginger
In a pan heat a tablespoon of ghee and crackle a teaspoon of mustard seeds. Add 1/4 teaspoon of hing (asafoetida).
Add the onion and green chilly and fry till the onion turns translucent.
Add the curry leaves and grated ginger. Add the groundnuts and fry for two minutes. Add the boiled,cubed potato and fry for another 3 minutes or so.
Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder and stir well. Then add 2 cups of washed and drained poha. Add a tablespoon of brown sugar and salt to taste.
Finally add a bunch of coriander leaves chopped and stir well. Adjust salt and sugar.