Indori poha / Flattened rice - Indian breakfast
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3
  • Flattened rice / chivda : 2 cup (thick variety)
  • Potato ( diced / cubed) : 1 medium
  • Onion (finely chopped) : 1 large
  • Curry leaves : few
  • Fennel seed : 1 tsp
  • Mustard seed (black) : ½ tsp
  • Peanuts (roasted without skin) : ½ cup
  • Cashew nut : a handful
  • Coconut (freshly grated ) : 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder : ¼ tsp
  • Salt and sugar to taste
  • Cilantro leaves : few
  • Pomegranate seeds : a handful
  • Sev : a handful
  • Lemon : 1
  • Green chillies (finely chopped) : 1
  • Oil : 1 tbsp
  1. Soak the poha in water for 5 minute. Drain the excess water and keep it aside.
  2. In a pan heat the oil, temper it with mustard seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Once the seeds are lightly roasted and release the aroma, add half of the chopped onions.
  4. Once the onions become translucent, add the diced potatoes and fry for few more minutes.
  5. Add the chopped green chillies, peanuts, cashew and saute them for couple of minute.
  6. Now add salt and turmeric powder, cover and let the potatoes cooked in its own steam.
  7. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the soaked poha, stir it for few minutes.
  8. Check the seasonings, adjust the salt and sugar to taste.
  9. Switch off the heat, cover the pan and let it stand for 5 - 8 minutes.
  10. Poha should be ready by that time. It should be fluffy and able to retain its shape.
  11. Now garnish it with handful of grated coconut, remaining chopped onions and cilantro leaves.
  12. Squeeze a quart of lemon or more if you think so over the poha.
  13. Serve it warm with a generous serving of pomegranate seeds and sev .
There are two variety of poha usually available in the market - thick and soft. Use the thick one to make this dish. It will absorb less water and wont get mushy at all. Flakes will remain separated.
Use the garnishing as per your liking.
Indori pohe are marked with prominence of pomegranate seeds, but as we have some pom haters in the family so I did not use it.
Do not skip the sugar. It is must here.
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