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Thursday, September 8, 2011

~ POHA ~


Very simple, fast to cook, good to eat Maharashtrian snack that can be prepared with various veggie combinations ...

RECIPE SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS FOR TADKA/VAGHAAR
4 tablespoons Oil
1/4 teaspoon rai
1 potato cut in cubes
1 tomato cut in cubes
1/2 onion cut in cubes
2 tablespoons green chillies cut in thin slices
pinch of hing
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
(Optional - you can also add curry leaves, dry red chilli, roasted peanuts, 1 cup mix veggies like corn, carrot & peas to the Tadka if you like more flavor)

INGREDIENTS TO ADD AFTER VEGGIES ARE COOKED
4 cups Thick Poha
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh cut cilantro/dhania for garnish (you can also garnish with shredded coconut or dry coconut powder if you like coconut flavor)

METHOD

1. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a pan on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add 1/4 teaspoon rai. After rai crackles, add
2 tablespoons green chillies cut in thin slices
pinch of hing
1 potato cut in cubes
1 tomato cut in cubes
1/2 onion cut in cubes
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
Mix well. Lower the flame to medium heat, cover with a lid half filled with water.

2. In a meshed bowl, add 4 cups Thick Poha. Keep the bowl under running water, run your fingers through the poha, soak poha completely. Turn off the water and set the bowl aside.

3. In about 10 minutes, the poha will absorb all the water and fluff up.

4. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder & 1 teaspoon salt to the poha in the bowl and mix well.

5. Check the veggies that are cooking, insert a knife in the potato to check if veggies are cooked.

6. Then add the poha, 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice and mix well.

7. Lower the flame to a very low setting and let the poha and spices blend well. Keep the poha covered with a lid. Keep stirring the poha every 2 minutes. After about 5 minutes, turn off the flame. Garnish with 1/4 cup fresh cut cilantro/dhania.

8. Serve hot with tea or coffee.

Prepare and enjoy !!!

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