Sunday, July 4, 2010

Vegetable Poha.. A simple yet tasteful way to start a beautiful day

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How does a nice romantic breakfast on a beautiful saturday morning sound, specially while your baby is fast asleep? Well! to me that sounds like the best morning ever..
When you have a super energetic 10 month old then breakfast is the last thing on your list let alone a romantic one but yesterday we got lucky. Little one went to bed just on time so that we could sit and relax and have a nice breakfast together. I made Vegetable Poha,one of my favorite breakfast not only because its delicious but also because you can fix it in minutes and trust me when you have a child at home you know what that means!

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I've spent a very big part of my student life in a small city named Indore in Central India or the state of Madhya Pradesh and Pohe (as they call it there) was something we used to eat every morning for breakfast and by that I  really mean every morning! Pohe with lots of sev namkeen on top of it accompanied with Jalebi is favorite breakfast for people there. You can find it anywhere and everywhere from street vendors to any good restaurants. Although nothing can compare to those early morning breakfasts with friends, standing on roadside with Pohe in hand but I often try if not to relive then to remember those days.

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Now for those who are not familiar with Poha, its nothing but flattened rice. It absorbs water very well and very quickly and so is a great option for something quick. You can find it in two varieties- Thick poha and Thin poha. Thick one comparatively takes longer to absorb water and doesn't get mushy unless soaked in water for long hence is perfect for Vegetable Poha.

So sharing another light and simple recipe for summer.

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Ingredients:

2 cups thick poha
1 thai chili (minced)
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped potato
1/4 cup sweet green peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 lime
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp sugar and salt to taste

Method:

Wash you poha with cold water and drain all the water. Set it aside.
Now heat oil in a pan and throw in the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start popping add chopped
potatoes. Since potatoes take a little longer to cook we are adding them first.
Let it cook for about 5 minutes and then throw in the carrots and peas. Now the thing with vegetable poha is that you can add as many veggies as you want so go ahead and have fun with it. I had carrots and peas so I used that.
Cook them again for another 4-5 minutes and then add chooped onion.
Stirring occasionally let all the vegetables cook well. When you think vegetable are cooked according to you liking add sugar, salt and turmeric.
Mix everything together and then add the final ingredient that is poha that you had washed and set aside.
Turn heat to very low and gently mix all the ingredients, poha is very soft so you don't want it to get mushy. If you think its a little dry for you as it sometimes happens, just sprinkle a little water on it and mix everything.
Turn of the heat and cover your pan with a lid and let it sit for a few minutes.
Serve it with a sprinkle of lime juice and if you want an extra kick to it just add a little sev or bhujia to it that you can find at any Indian market.

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14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics! You can make any simple dish sexy! :D Yes, Pohe is altime fav in my house. I also add chopped onions too. btw, which camera do you use, Prerna?

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  2. oohh nice..and as usual excellent pics

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  3. I have never heard of that, but it sounds so good! thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love when I see something new in my feed reader from you. Your pictures and accompanying stories are always so stunning.

    I find it fascinating how different breakfast can be around the world. This is so different than the typical American breakfast. It looks like something I would love for lunch!

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  5. Gosh! you guys are like the sweetest people ever :-)
    Thanx a tons!

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  6. Your pictures are wonderful!!
    Love the poha; I make it for lunch occasionally.

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  7. I have never heard of poha! It sounds wonderful. I'll have to keep a lookout for it. Thanks for introducing me to it,

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  8. awesome pics prerna....u hv made made simply poha looks tempting and heavenly with gorgeous pix...good work dear...following u

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  9. Hey Prerna good start....hey i was thinking of doin the same few days.....n hey as usual amazing pics...n guess what, we just had poha in breakfast today...

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  10. great work prerna....some mouth watering poha you have made & yes great pics too :)

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  11. I make poha all the time but my pictures are not half as good as yours. Okay lets be honest they are no where as good yours.
    This is my post of Poha. Well its more like the street pohas in India :)
    http://journeykitchen.blogspot.com/2010/04/poha-quick-fix-breakfast.html

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  12. Hi! I Cooksnapped this and it turned out great! Thanks for the recipe! I'll send you the picture soon :)

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  13. Hi prernaji, I m reading ur recipes for d 1st time .I m vry much impressed by ur cooking style.hatts off to u.

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