Easy cooking ideas for Singles # 11- Poha or Seasoned Flattened Rice
Today’s easy cooking idea for singles is very popular all over India. It is a simple, easy to make and light on the tummy and weighing scale, dish. Traditionally, a Central Indian dish, Poha has become extremely popular all over the country due to its nutritional benefits. It has evolved to become more flavorful.Add or minus a few ingredients, it is still inviting in any avatar.
Poha is light enough as a breakfast dish and also an anytime snack. Beaten rice a lactose-free, fat-free and heart-friendly food. It is a good source of 11 essential vitamins and minerals including iron. Poha is a very healthy and light breakfast option for anyone, infant to old.
What is Poha? It is nothing but rice that has been parboiled, rolled, flattened and then dried to produce flakes. The flakes come in different thicknesses depending on the pressure used in the flattening process. Depending on the method of cooking, they can be soft or crunchy. If it is deep fried in oil it becomes a crunchy savory and if it is moistened, then it becomes soft as in Poha.
The rice flakes are very popular in Asian cooking, but in Western countries they are more often used commercially in the production of cereals and rice snacks.There are different kinds available in the market. For Poha, choose the thicker and firmer variety; avoid the powdery and crumbly one.
Rice flakes are very easy to cook and can make a meal in minutes. First wash the beaten rice in water and then soak for 10 minutes. Strain using a strainer and use as required to make sweet or savory snacks.
When garnished with fresh lime, cilantro, sev (a popular snack food, consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodle-like strands) the vibrant yellow and green poha, infused with different flavors, never fails to excite your taste buds. While Poha is eaten with curds and pickles, you can add extra zing to it by serving with Mint-Coriander Chutney, but I like it as it is, with the generous sprinkling of lime juice.
My mom used to make the bestest Poha and I would give anything to eat food cooked by her again.
1 cup Flattened rice (poha) thick variety
2 Onions chopped
1 tomato chopped
½ cup green peas or peanuts
Salt to taste
½ tsp Turmeric powder
½ tsp red chilli powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Oil
1tsp Mustard seeds
6 Curry leaves
6 Green chillies chopped
1 large Potato chopped
Fresh coriander leaves
Wash the poha gently in a colander as it should be moist but not mashed.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and when they splutter add curry leaves. If you are adding peanuts then fry them now. Sauté for half a minute and add onions and potato cubes, continue to sauté. Add green chillies, green peas and tomato. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and mix. Mix and cook till poha is blended thoroughly. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with a lemon wedge.
My kids love Poha and even now, whenever they come home, it is understood that first day they want to have Poha for breakfast.
Isn’t this such an easy and convenient cooking idea for singles?