When I was a kid, I used to love the way my grandmother made poha. She would make a huge batch of it and serve it to us in fresh banana leaves.
When I moved to Pune for college, I saw a whole new twist to poha. It was nothing like the traditional poha that my grandmother made. It’s completely different but I equally love both.
Today I made poha, the Maharashtrian way. I’ll post my grandmother’s amazing recipe later.
This dish is suitable from one year onwards. But please do watch out ! Very rarely some people get stomach ache so start with very small servings.
- 1 cup flattened rice flakes
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 whole green chilli, optional
- 2 tbsp green peas or peanuts or both.
- 1 small chopped boiled potato, optional
- Cilantro, for garnish
- Salt to taste
- A tsp of sugar
- Oil to cook
- Lemon slices to serve.
- Soften rice flakes by rinsing them in a colander under running water. Rinse till it looses its crunchiness and becomes soft. For younger children, it’s okay to make it slightly mushy.
- In a pan, heat oil and add cumin, chopped onion, whole green chilli (remember to remove it before serving), peanuts, salt, peas, turmeric and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add boiled potatoes and give it all a good mix.
- Add the rice flakes and mix it all well. Cook it covered for 5-7 minutes.
- When you open the lid, poha will be soft and done. Add sugar.
- Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro.
- Squeeze some lemon and serve warm.