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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps to kick start our metabolism and balances our blood sugar levels along with an array of benefits it provides. In our busy lives we need something that is packed with alot of benefits and quick to make. Even better if it can be a make ahead option, isn’t it? Yes, I hear you. All of us think of this at some point in time infact its a recurring thought for most of us 😀. In this blog post, I will introduce you to a much loved Indian breakfast food called “Poha” also known as Flattened Rice/ Beaten Rice.
It has number of health benefits such as being low in calories, rich in iron, good source of healthy carbohydrates and a good probiotic too. Refer to Poha Health Benefits for more information.
Recipe benefits for people suffering from food allergies
- Dairy free as this recipe has no dairy products in it
- Nut free since Poha is such a versatile breakfast food, it has many recipe variations and each method tastes amazing. Hence you can avoid using peanuts in the recipe below to suit your allergy preference.
- Soy free
- Free from sunflower seed oil, you can use coconut oil or rice bran oil.
Lets get on with the recipe then, I am sure you will be surprised how light this breakfast food can be.
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Quick and Tasty Poha
- Cooking Pot
- Simmer Mat
- 2½ cup Poha (flattened rice) use a colander to rinse it a couple of times in running water and set aside
- 1 large Onion finely chopped
- 1 medium Tomato finely chopped
- 2 Green chilly finely chopped
- 1 medium Boiled potato cut into small cubes
- ¾ tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 springs Curry leaves
- 2 tbsp Lime juice
- ½ tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp Oil
- ¼ cup Roasted peanuts optional
- 1 tbsp Coriander leaves
- Salt as required
- In a cooking pot heat the oil on a medium flame once it’s hot add in the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter for a few seconds. Then, add the curry leaves.½ tsp Mustard seeds, 1 tbsp Oil, 2 springs Curry leaves
- Now, add the chopped onions and cook until transparent in colour. Put in the finely chopped green chilies and fry for a minute. Add in the chopped tomatoes and fry for a minute or two until the water dries up.1 large Onion, 2 Green chilly, 1 medium Tomato
- Lower the flame and then add turmeric powder and fry for a few minutes also add around 1 tbs of water, as you do not want the spices to burn and stick to the pan. Put in the cubed potatoes and give it a stir.¾ tsp Turmeric powder, 1 medium Boiled potato
- Then you add poha, peanuts, and salt. Give it a good mix. Add in lemon juice and sprinkle a dash of water. Cover with a lid and cook it on slow flame for 5 minutes (use a simmer mat while slow cooking so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan).2½ cup Poha (flattened rice), ¼ cup Roasted peanuts, Salt as required, 2 tbsp Lime juice
- Once it’s done you will find the poha has softened a bit and it’s aromatic that’s when you switch off the flame and finally garnish it with coriander leaves.1 tbsp Coriander leaves
- If you need help with any Herb or Spice listed in this recipe then refer to the guide: List of Herbs and Spices