Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Nutty Poha

"Kanda Poha" is a traditional breakfast dish from the Indian state of Maharashtra, as the name suggests its made from  "Poha" or "Flattened rice" and "Kanda" which means "Onion" in Marathi. This is an extremely simple recipe with few ingredients and minimal use of spices, I have also used a lot of nuts which gives a flavorful crunch to the soft moist rice flakes. Lemon Juice adds tang to the dish while the coriander garnish adds freshness.
"Nutty Poha" is my version of the traditional Poha.

Ingredients

Poha / Flattened rice - 1 1/2 cups
Peanuts, roasted - 1/4 cup
Almonds, roasted and chopped lengthwise - 10 - 12 pcs
Cashew, roasted and slit into halves- 10 -12 pcs
Raisins - 1 tablespoon
Onion, finely chopped - 1 medium
Potato, pealed and diced into 1/2 inch pcs - 1 medium
Green chillies, chopped - 2
Curry leaves - 8-10
Oil - 2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh Lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Fresh green coriander, chopped - 2 tablespoon

Method

Wash Poha under running water, drain any excess water and let it stand for 10 - 15 minutes.
"Nutty Poha"
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, once they start to sputter add the curry leaves and the diced potatoes, mix well and fry for 3-4 minutes, add the chopped onions and green chillies, mix well and fry for 3-4 minutes .  Add salt, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the potato is done and the onion turns pink. If required sprinkle little water.

Add the poha along with the roasted peanuts, almonds, cashew and resins mix well and cook for another   3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve hot.

Notes:
  • I use a sieve to wash the poha , just put the poha in the sieve and wash it under running water for a few seconds. Remove and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes it will become fluffy.
  • Never soak the poha or it will become mushy.
  • You must be wondering why have I added the onion after adding the potatoes, its because the potato would take more time to cook and i would fry the onion and then add the potato there are chances of the onion getting burnt.
  • For the roasted nuts you could use the ready unsalted ones from the supermarket of could dry roast the same at home.  



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