Poha (Beaten Rice) - 2 cups
Potatoes - 1
Onions - 1
Green Chillies – 2-3
Ginger grated – 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – ¼ tsp
Cumin Seeds – ¼ tsp
Oil – 4 tbsps
Asafetida – a pinch
1 pinch Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Curry leaves (Optional)
Coriander leaves for garnish
Some Sev for garnish
Freshly grated Coconut for garnish
Wash the Poha in a colander and let the water run through. All the water will get drained via the holes in the colander. This is to clean the Poha. No need to soak the Poha as it will get mashed. Keep the wet poha aside for a while.
In a kadhai (wok). Take 4 tbsps of oil, Add the mustard seeds and when it begins to crackle, Add the cumin seeds, Add asafetida and then the green chillies, let the chillies fry nicely. You can add curry leaves if you like. Now add the Onions and when they become transparent, Add in the potatoes, Add turmeric and salt. Mix well and cook covered till the potatoes are done. Once the potatoes are done. Add the Poha. Mix well. Check for salt. If more salt is reuired add the salt. Mix well. Keep the gas on a low flame and cook covered for about 2 minutes. Remove the lid and mix well once more. Add the Coriander leaves. Switch off the gas and keep covered for 2-3 minutes before serving.
Variations: You can add peanuts, the peanuts must be fried in the oil first and kept separate and added later when you add the Poha to the onions and potatoes.
You can add tomato to the dish.1 tomato finely chopped can be fried once the onions become transparent and proceed with the above method.
You can also add green peas, When you add the potato, at that stage you can add a tbsp of green peas and allow to cook along with the potato and proceed with the above method.
Do try this authentic Maharashtrian Breakfast recipe.