Poha is one of the famous Indian breakfast. It mainly consists of flattened rice, some vegetables, and peanuts.
This dish is well-known all-over India and is widely opted as morning breakfast and also as an evening snack.
Poha calories: One plate of poha contains approximately 190 calories. If weight loss is on your mind, then going for this as breakfast is an ideal choice as it keeps you satiated and keeps you full for good amount of time.
In this blog, we will discuss how to make poha. There are a lot of variants to it like kanda poha, kanda batata poha, Indori poha, Gujrati poha. These follow basic recipe with some of the ingredients tweaked.
When prepared with onions, green chilies, curry leaves,it’s called Kanda Poha.
Adding potatoes, green peas are optional but when used they make this dish taste more authentic and make it healthier. When potatoes and onion both are added, it is called Kanda Batata Poha.
In North India, Indori poha recipe is being used, where fennel seeds are added to this dish while preparing and a mixture of chat masala, black salt, red chilly powder and roasted cumin powder are used as a seasoning.
Cooking time: 15 minutes
-2 cups of flattened rice (thick poha)
-2 tbsp of oil
-4 tbsp of peanuts
-3/4 tbsp of mustard seeds/cumin seeds
-2 to 3 green chilies, finely chopped
-5 to 6 curry leaves
-1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
-1/4 tbsp of turmeric powder
-Salt as needed
-1 tbsp of sugar
-1 medium-sized potato, finely chopped
-2 tbsp of green peas
-2 tbsp of coriander, finely chopped
-2 tbsp of grated coconut
-Shev as needed
-Lemon juice as per taste
Step 2: After 2 to 3 minutes, add salt to the poha which is in strainer. I even add little bit of sugar to it. After adding this, mix it well and keep aside.
Step 6: Once they splutter, add finely cut green chili, chopped onions. You can even add diced potatoes if you like. Also, green peas can be added to enhance the taste.
Step 9: Now transfer the poha from strainer to the pan.
Adjust salt as needed.
Step 12: Cover the pan with lid and keep on low flame for 3-4 minutes.
Step 13: Remove poha from pan to serving dish.
Step 14: Garnish it either by adding Shev over it or grated coconut.
This dish can be better enjoyed with a cup of tea.
1.Always pick thick poha. Thin poha is not suitable for this recipe as it turns to mesh as soon as rinsed with water.
2.While rinsing poha, take care it does turn mesh due to excessive water. Rinse it under running water, however, do not rinse it under high-speed water. Keep the water speed moderate.
3.Add green peas and potatoes to taste it authentic. My mom sometimes even adds finely chopped cauliflower.
1. Blood Sugar Level Controlled
2. Good Carbs
Poha is made up of 77% of carbohydrates. It is a healthy breakfast providing carbs that provide energy to the body to carry out daily functions.
Poha is rich in iron as the production process of it needs the rice to pass through iron rollers. The flattened rice retains the iron from the process and hence is rich in iron.
4. Easily Digested
It is light on the stomach. It will never cause bloating.
5. Low in Calories
It is low in calories.
I love this dish and usually prepare it twice a week as it is one of my favorite breakfasts.
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