I am feeling sad. Winter seems to be going. We had a warm weekend and being in the kitchen wasn’t really comfortable. 🙁 We have had only one big rain this whole season and that is disheartening enough. Let’s hope there will be some rains before the summers officially start. Otherwise, the weekend was good. We dropped in to see HD’s local friend’s new born at the hospital. Their hospitality is amazing – they broke my diet royally by offering me too many sweets and also sending us off with a humongous box of chocolate that I have hidden in the fridge so that the girls don’t binge eat! Yesterday, we did a simple mall trot along with some grocery and then at night, I had to struggle to finish off my tasks for the day – always happens!
My idea of eating poha – called aval in Malayalam, which is beaten rice flakes, is always sweet, like I have had all my life! Just like this avalum pazhavum or in “kuzhacha” condition… I saw this first time on my bestie’s IG account when she shared a hashtag also mentioning that it is vegan. I looked at the picture again, and I was thinking, “Ethu nammade avalaanallo!” (This seems to be our aval!) But it did take me time to digest that aval could actually be used to make something savory! I guess it’s more of the conditioning than anything else, right? 🙂
So as usual, I got googling and made a mishmash of a recipe which worked with what I had in my pantry and my taste buds too. Aloo Poha seems to be a very popular breakfast in Maharashtra, and is also called Batata Poha in Gujarat, with slight variations in the preparation.
The plus point of this meal is that it can be had at any time – breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner! It’s very light on the tummy and if you love potatoes, then that’s a good add-on here. It comes together so quick too. I cut the potatoes into small cubes and soak them up in boiling water, so when it comes to the time of cooking it, I drain it and drop it in. It seems to save a lot of time by cooking the potatoes pretty fast. I have a family who prefer over cooked potatoes, so doing this really helps, I will anyway end up with well cooked ones. 😀
Another point is the poha used to make this. It is best to use the thick one. Usually we keep stock of the thin ones, which taste really good with the way we make it, but I can’t use that here, since it would crumble up when soaked. It so happened that I had a packet of really thick poha I got from the supermarket close to me, and I didn’t want to throw it away. The idea of making this came to my rescue! 😀 You can use the white or brown one, though I feel white tastes better in this dish, otherwise I love my brown aval. 🙂 Off to this simple recipe…
- 1 cup thick poha
- Salt to taste
- ¼ tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp oil
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp urad dal
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- 1 potato, chopped into small peices
- 1 onion, minced
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- Juice of one lime
- Coriander leaves for garnish
- Wash the poha well till it gets clean. Keep it to drain in a colander.
- When it looks dry, add in the sugar and salt and give it a good toss.
- In a saucepan, heat oil. Splutter the mustard seeds and briefly fry the urad dal.
- Add in the onion and little salt and cook till wilted.
- Add in the chopped potatoes and turmeric, and saute for a few minutes. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally till the potato looks cooked and crispy.
- Add in the poha and give it a good toss. Cook on simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Adjust the salt and squeeze in the lime juice. Serve hot with a cup of chai.
You can splutter cumin too if you like the flavor, sometimes I do.
Cut the potatoes as tiny as possible so that it cooks faster and evenly.
Use thick type of poha for this. The thin one will break and end up powdery.