Poha is originally the Indori rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes swell when added to warm or cold water. The can also absorb milk and other liquids. This easily digestible form of raw rice is normally used to prepare snacks.
In Maharashtra, Poha is cooked as a snack and is a popular dish. It is cooked with lightly fried mustard seeds, turmeric, green chilli, finely chopped onions, potatoes and some other ingredients. Let us see today how Poha are traditionally made. We will use Organic Poha or the Red Poha along with some popped Quinoa to make the dish nutritious and healthy.
Take a strainer, add the Organic poha in it and wash poha once or twice and set it aside for about 3 minutes and let the water drain out completely.
Take a pan/wok, add oil and heat on medium flame.
Add cumin seeds.
Immediately add chopped green chillies and saute.
Add curry leaves into the wok.
Now add chopped onions and saute for few seconds.
Into it, add salt as per taste.
Add little amount of sugar and stir well (optional).
Then add turmeric powder and mix well.
Add the chopped potatoes.
At this stage add the green peas and stir well.
Cover and let it cook for a couple of minutes so that the peas and the potatoes become soft.
Now add the washed poha into it.
Mix the poha well with the cooked onion mixture.
Add some freshly chopped coriander leaves into it.
Finally add in some lemon extracted juice all over, mix and cook for few seconds.
Switch off the flame. Sprinkle some chili lime Quinoa over it for the extra crunch.
Serve as a tea time snack.
How to make popped Quinoa:
Take an open Cooker or Pan or Wok. Heat it on medium flame till it becomes fuming hot. Reduce flame and put some raw quinoa just enough to cover the whole surface of the vessel. Cover the vessel with a lid and keep shaking gently till you hear the quinoa pop. Since they are very small they may pop out of the vessel if kept open. Switch off the gas, remove lid and keep stirring so that they don’t burn. After a few stirs, pour them out over a flat plate. Spray some chili lime mix over the same and store in an airtight container. Use it to spread over Poha, Upma or Noodles. Or simply eat it while watching TV. They taste great.