Poha or Pohe is that one dish that almost everyone prepares in India. Its popularity and fame are evident by the fact that our Indian Prime Minister also likes this dish and has it every morning in breakfast. Because it is a staple food that is healthy, nutritious, and tasty, it is the choice of many. Everyone makes Poha at home, but this Poha recipe is a bit different. It has the goodness of vegetables and tastes yummy.
The Origin of Poha Recipe
Although it originates from Gujarat, still people prepare it all over the country with their own personal touch and style. Authentic Gujarati Poha has minimal spices, is yellow in color, and tastes a bit sweet. However, just like any other recipe, this has also been rejuvenated in different ways.
Types of Poha in India
Indians never shy away from adding spices to a bland dish. Thus, the simple Gujarati Poha has been revamped in many ways- Gujarati Poha, Nagpuri Tari Poha, Tomato Poha with peas, Karwar Style Poha, Mixed Vegetable Poha, Spicy Rajasthani Poha, Sweet Bengali Poha, Indori Poha, Maharashtran Kanda Poha, Aloo Poha and a lot more. Amazingly, the taste of this one dish changes every hundred kilometers in India.
The most popular Poha Recipe
The most famous type of Poha recipe that almost everyone loves is Indori Poha and mixed vegetables Poha. Indori Poha has the simple base of Gujarati Poha but is topped with chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilies, pomegranate, peanuts, coriander, and Bhujia. But the one we are making today is the mixed veg Poha recipe, which is both tasty and healthy. It has the goodness of vegetables, nutrients of peanuts, the taste of spices, and the crunch of Bhujia. With the dash of the freshness of coriander leaves and lemony zing, this simple Poha recipe will sweep you off your feet.
And once you have it, you will want it every day. But why not? This is easy to make, tastes so good, and healthy to be eaten every day. You don’t even need to run grocery shopping for this recipe, you can just make it with whatever you have in your kitchen and you are all set to go! So let’s try this easy peasy Poha recipe!
- 2 cups of Poha (Flattened rice)
- 2-3 tbsp of oil
- 1 tbsp of mustard seeds (Rai)
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds (Sauf)
- ½ cup of raw peanuts
- 10-12 fresh curry leaves
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 2-3 green chilies (chopped)
- ½ cup chopped potatoes
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup chopped carrots
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp red chili powder
- ¼ tbsp turmeric powder
- ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
- 1 lemon juice
- ½ cup of Bhujia or Sev
Step 1: Start off by washing the Poha or flattened rice under running water. Wash it properly for about a minute or two and then strain the water completely. Keep it aside for now so that it soaks up all the moisture and becomes soft.
Step 2: Boil some water in a pan and add the peas to it. We are going to cook the peas before using them in the recipe so that they don’t taste raw in the Poha. You need to boil them until they turn soft and mushy. It will take about 2-5 minutes depending on the type of peas you are using.
Note: You can also boil all the other vegetables we are using like potatoes and carrots to fasten the cooking procedure. But if you like the crunch in these vegetables like me, you can cook it afterward with the Poha recipe.
Step 3: Then take a Kadhai or a pan whatever you have available in your kitchen and add the oil to it. Let it heat up for some time. Meanwhile, you can chop off the vegetables if you haven’t already.
Note: Remember to cut potatoes and carrots into very small cubes so that they get cooked fast.
Step 4: When the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, fennel seeds, and raw peanuts to it. We need to cook the peanuts properly until they become crunchy and you hear the crackling sound. But do not overcook it as they will turn bitter on overcooking. They will take up to 50-60 seconds to get cooked.
Note: If you don’t have raw peanuts, you can also use salted peanuts that are already cooked. But don’t add them in the oil here in this step. If you are using salted, roasted or cooked peanuts, add them at the end of the recipe with the coriander leaves.
Step 5: when the peanuts are done, add in the chopped potatoes, onions, and carrots. Now, you need to cook it properly so that all the vegetables get soft.
Step 6: Once the vegetables are done, add in the chopped green chilies. Give it a mix.
Step 7: Then add the spices. Add salt, red chili powder, and turmeric powder to the mixture. Mis everything nicely and cook the spices properly. You need to get rid of the raw flavor of these spices by roasting them properly.
Step 8: Once, the spices are done, add the chopped tomatoes and the boiled peas to the Kadhai. Give it a gentle stir.
Step 9: Then grab the washed Poha that we had kept aside and give it a gentle stir before adding to the Kadhai so that the Poha gets separated and do not stick in the Kadhai. Then add them to the Kadhai and mix them properly with the masala.
Step 10: Once the Poha gets mixed and changes its color from white to bright yellow, turn off the flame. Then add one lime juice and coriander leaves to it. Mix it and top it off with Bhujia or Sev. Your delicious Poha breakfast is ready!
How to prevent the Poha from sticking?
Poha sticks because of moisture. Although it is necessary to wash them we also need to keep it aside for some time so that it dries up. If it is not dried up properly, it sticks to the Kadhai when we add it to the masala mix. It might also form lumps and end up looking like a Halwa. So properly strain it before adding it to the Kadhai. You can use a strainer to wash it and keep it in the same strainer while you prepare the masala. And by the time, you need to add it, it will have soaked all the water.
What type of peanuts is best for Poha?
You can use any type of peanut you want. But just remember, if you are using raw peanuts, you will need to cook it in oil as we did in this recipe. But if you are using the roasted or salted peanuts that are available in the market, you do not need to cook them. Just add them at the end with coriander and lemon juice.
Now, when the Poha is ready, make a cup of strong tea. The combination of tea and Poha is eternal and serves as a breakfast duo in many streets and hotels. This simple Poha recipe is a must-try recipe especially for students and office going people. It has the right amount of nutrition that they need for the whole day. So, give this Poha recipe a try and let me know in the comments below how you liked it, and what is your favorite type of Poha!