In times of quarantine and coronavirus, how about using your time to bring the world to your home? When trying to cook food recipes from different countries, you not only learn something new. But also taste food from different places. And, of course, we bring you a very common Indian breakfast recipe – Poha! The pronunciation is fucking awesome! The Indian consulate in São Paulo changed the name of the recipe in Brazil to lemon rice, perhaps for obvious reasons. Haha!
Despite the suggestively obscene name (laughs). It is an easy and delicious recipe to make. Poha is a typical Indian breakfast recipe, based on flat rice flakes, turmeric and vegetables. Flat or flat rice flakes are not so common around the world but can be found in the better supermarket. It is important not to confuse them with the round rice flakes, used in confectionery items or sweets. And do not buy those that already have cocoa powder added. These are totally different things!
Ingredients for this breakfast recipe
- 1 small chopped tomato
- 1 small chopped red onion
- 2 cups of flattened rice flakes
- Peas to taste
- Mustard seeds
- Turmeric powder
- Red Chilli powder
- Curry leaves
- Green chilli (optional)
Note: These ingredients are apt for one or two people, if you want to make it for more people, you can just add more accordingly.
Easy step by step guide for preparing this Indian breakfast recipe: Poha
Step 1: Add the flattened rice flakes in a bigger strainer/sieve.
Step 2: Wash under running water, until the flattened rice softens. Wash it well. Place some flakes in your hand and if they mash easily, it’s done.
Step 3: Place them in a round container, add salt and turmeric to taste. Add a pinch of chilli powder to it (optional). Mix them and set aside.
Step 4: In a frying pan or round pan, place the shelled peanuts and toast them without oil. When they are golden brown, remove and set aside.
Step 5: Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan and add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds. Fry for a few minutes until they start popping.
Step 6: Add the chopped onion in the pan. Sauté it until it turns translucent. After that step, this is where you would add the curry leaves or chopped green chillies if you want.
Step 7: Add the roasted peanuts and stir for a minute
Step 8: Add the rice flakes and mix with the oil inside the pan. Do make sure it is on low flame. Otherwise, it might get burn on the bottom.
Step 9: Add the peas to the pan and mix it for a few more minutes.
Step 10: Turn off the fire. Squeeze half a lemon on top. Add fresh chopped tomatoes. The fresh raw tomato gives the wet texture and breaks the dry flavour of the rice.
Step 11: Serve in a plate. Here in India, it is common for people to put this snack called Bhujia on top.
Indian cuisine is full of textures and flavours that complement each other. And aims to stimulate all your senses. It’s okay to eat without the bhujia, It will be still delicious.
This is our way of making this typical Indian breakfast recipe: Poha. It’s a north Indian recipe, and you can find several recipes for the same.
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