POHA
FLATTENED RICE DISH

Ingredients

  1. One large red onion chopped roughly
  2. Two medium to large potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  3. Half a bowl peas rinsed thoroughly
  4. A handful of groundnuts (optional)
  5. One bowl of flattened rice also known as beaten rice.

About the dish

Poha or flattened rice dish is an absolute staple in breakfast for us. We have it once a week and sometimes even twice because it is light and filling enough thanks to the potatoes and rice making it an excellent breakfast item. It is an easy to make dish which is loved by all ages.

Preparation Time : 20 minutes
Cooking Time : 30 to 45 minutes

Recipe

Step 1. In a deep nonstick wok pour some oil you deem suitable enough to stir fry the chopped potatoes. The oil can be of your choice. I used Mustard oil.

Step 2. Once the oil is hot, fry the potatoes and groundnuts on medium to high flame and once half done add in the onions and peas. Keep the flame medium now onwards. At this stage your dish should like this-

Step 3. Place the lid and allow all the vegetables to cook for another five minutes at low to medium flame. Now your dish should look like this-

Can you see the difference? The potatoes have cooked thoroughly and become slightly brown and onions have also become translucent. Even the peas have turned lighter. Now is the correct time to add the spices but before that the flattened rice needs to be rinsed.

Step 4. Take a bowl of flattened rice in a strainer and rinse it under running water and keep it aside.

Step 5. Put the following spices in the wok as per the below mentioned order. The order is necessary because every spice releases a special aroma and will burn if let to cook for long.

1/4th tbsp or a pinch of asafetida powder ( hing )
1 and a 1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
3/4th tbsp turmeric powder
3/4th tbsp red chilly powder

Step 6. The spices are added keeping in mind to make the dish spicier to be towards the higher side of spice meter since we will add the rinsed flattened rice thereafter so the spice level of the dish on the whole will even itself out eventually. Mix it all up and let it simmer on lowest flame for a minute till it looks like this –

Step 7. Add the flattened rice and keep mixing the dish gently to not break the rice. You can switch off the lowest flame at this point because flattened rice will become crispy if it is cooked for long. It should stay soft to chew.  Like as shown in the picture.

Step 8. Serve immediately because reheating will make the dish chewy.

Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. When adding spices try for making dish spicier so that when flattened rice is added the spice level seems normal. Salt towards the higher side works fine. Chilly can be controlled accordingly. Same for sugar.
  2. Rinse the flattened rice only a few minutes before adding to the dish so that they dont dry out while cooking that’s why I suggest to turn off the flame once rice has been added.
  3. I have not added groundnuts because Pihu is too small to eat them whole and there is no point in serving crushed peanuts in this dish. The charm is in the bite they bring.
  4. The purpose of frying the potatoes before is because they take time to become soft and if onions will be added before or along with the potatoes, the onions will burn or turn brown. The onions should remain translucent and have a bite in them.
  5. The dish will not seem oily because All of the oil added in the starting will get absorbed, first during frying the potatoes and then when the rest of the veggies are added and finally the rice will also absorb the oil. Please note – If the oil level is kept low the dish will become very dry and uncomfortable to eat so that should be kept in mind as well when pouring the oil.
  6. You can have the dish with some namkeen or have it as it is. Chutneys also work fine along with it.
  7. No salt sugar for babies below year one so skip adding these two and you are good to go!

Pihu was never a fan of Poha until now when she has finally learned to grasp the spoon and eat without spilling. It is so heartwarming to see her hunt for the peas and the potatoes on her plate. Though she doesnt finish her plate entirely but that doesnt matter because only she knows her hunger best.

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