Tried and tasted by Nivedita
A very easy, simple and healthy breakfast for a family. I will not go into the detail about this recipe, as it is very common all over India. Only difference is the way we prepare it and using ingredients according to our taste.
But I would like to say about poha or beaten rice or flattened rice. It is very healthy food and can be prepared in many ways. It is used in many other food preparations also. It is famous for Lord Krishna and Sudama's friendship also. It turned Sudama from beggar to the richest person, with Lord Krishna's blessings.(In Bhagvat Purana).
Poha is available in 3 sizes usually. One is Thin poha which is used to make chewda or ghee poha or curd poha. Other is Medium Poha,which is used to make soaked poha like the one I have given or again one can make with curds or cucumber. And the last one is very Thick Poha, which is deep fried in oil to make chewda.
Here is the recipe for Mix veg poha,
Poha (medium) - 2 big cups or 200 gms
Oil - 3 to 5 tbsp
Onion- 1 big, chopped
Green chilly - 4 to 6 according to the taste and how strong the chillies are.
Curry leaves - few
Jeera - 1 tbsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Chana dal - 1 tbsp
Peanut - 2 tbsp
Ginger - 1 tbsp chopped finely
Potato - 1 big (peeled and cubed)
Tomato - 1 medium chopped
Capsicum - 1 small chopped
Carrot - 1 medium chopped
Green peas - 1/4 cup(boiled or frozen)
(I did not put as I did not had when I prepared this)
Lime juice - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Haldi -1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Fresh coriander to garnish
Soak poha in water only for 30 seconds. Be careful to remove it immediately from water, or else the poha will turn into paste. Keep it aside till all the water goes.
Heat oil in kadai, add jeera, curry leaves, urad dal, chana dal and peanut. Let the dals turn into little golden colour. Go on adding, ginger, green chilly, onion, potato and carrot. Saute for 2 minutes. Now add green peas, capsicum. Again saute for 2 minutes. Now goes, tomato and salt.
Mix the masala properly and cook it till the potato is cooked properly. Keep on low flame. Add lime juice, haldi and sugar. Off the heat. Mix the soaked poha in the masala and garnish with fresh coriander. The mix veg poha is ready to serve with papad.
another way is, after you take the soaked poha from water, mix it with salt, sugar and lime juice. Keep it aside for some time. And while preparing masala, drop these ingredients. Then while mixing the poha garnish it with fresh coriander and mix the masala. This is the way I like to do. The taste also is little different.
Try either way!!!