Poha is a favorite breakfast and snack in many parts of India. I had it for the first time when I came to live in Mumbai and immediately fell in love with it. It is really tasty especially with peanuts and potatoes and now with peas. And the best part, it is so very simple to cook. You will barely need 15 minutes if you have all the ingredients at hand.
Do try this simple recipe:
250 gm. thick poha (washed well and soaked in water for 5 minutes)
1 large onion finely chopped
2-3 green chillies split into half
1 boiled potato chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. oil
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 small piece cinnamon
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp. hing or asafoetida
salt to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
coriander to garnish
Drain all water from the soaked poha and keep it in a colander for the remaining water to drain out. Heat oil in a kadhai, add in the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Allow them to sputter. Now tip in the cloves, cinnamon, slit green chillies, hing and curry leaves and cook for a minute. Tip in the chopped onion and cook till it is transparent. Now add in the boiled potato and peas and cook a bit. Add in the drained poha, salt and turmeric and mix well. Cover and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. Take it off the fire and pour lemon juice. I fry the peanuts separately in oil and then add to the poha while serving. That way they stay crunchy. But you could just fry them initially after sputtering the mustard and cumin.
Garnish with coriander and serve hot.
Some people also garnish with fresh grated coconut. Enjoy this hot snack as breakfast or snack!