Tuesday, October 20, 2009


This is a very tasty and easy to make dish. We often make it for breakfast. Poha is actually flattened rice flakes, can be found in any Indian grocery store. In Bengali we call it "chire". Usually there are three types of poha available in the market, thick, medium and fine. I use the medium one for this preparation.


200 Gms poha (medium)
1 Boiled potato (cubed)
1 Onion (chopped)
2-3 Green chillies (chopped)
Handful of frozen/fresh peas
Handful of fresh coriander (chopped)
1 Tsp finely chopped ginger
1 Tsp lime juice
1 Tsp whole mustard seeds
1 Tsp turmeric powder
1 Tsp cumin powder
Few peanuts
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


Heat the oil in a pan and fry the peanuts and keep them separate. Now add the mustard seeds in the remaining oil, once it starts to splutter add the onion, chillies and ginger and fry for a minute. Now add the salt, cumin powder and turmeric powder to it, mix well then add the boiled potato and the peas in to it and let it cook for few minutes. Soak the poha in cold water for only a 1-2 minute, no more than that otherwise it will become like mash which you don't want. Drain the water and add the poha to the mixture in the pan and mix it well. If you think the mixture has become little dry sprinkle some water to it. Cover and cook for another few minutes. Now add the lime juice, fresh chopped coriander and the fried peanuts. Mix well, take off the fire and serve hot with tea or coffee.


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