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How To Make Poha Recipe At Home?

Poha, or flattened rice, is a much-loved Indian breakfast food for those who suffering from a slightly sluggish digestive system. Poha is packed with vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. This simple and easy-to-prepare meal also serves as a healthy breakfast/lunch option for toddlers and working people. What’s even exciting is that poha can be cooked in different ways, which means you can alter spices and vegetables as per your taste, making it both tasty and healthy. The nutrients in poha can offer a range of health benefits, including weight loss.



Ingredients

  •  2 cups thick Poha (rice flakes)
  •  1 medium Onion, finely chopped (approx. 1/3 cup)
  •  1 small Potato, peeled and finely chopped (approx. 1/2 cup)
  •  1/3 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  •  1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  •  8-10 Curry Leaves
  •  1 Green Chili, finely chopped
  •  1 pinch of Asafoetida (Hing), optional
  •  1 1/2 tablespoon Peanuts (ground nuts)
  •  1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  •  1/2 tablespoon Sugar
  •  1 tablespoon grated Coconut, optional
  •  Salt to taste
  •  2 tablespoons Oil
  •  1/4 cup Pomegranate Seeds, optional
  •  2 tablespoons finely chopped Coriander Leaves

Instructions

  1.  Take poha in a large strainer.
  2.  Wash it 1-2 times by gently swifting them with your fingers under running water.
  3.  Drain the excess water through a strainer. Sprinkle salt and sugar over it, mix/toss well and keep aside.
  4.  Heat 2-tablespoons oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds; when they start to splutter, add cumin seeds, green chilies, curry leaves, peanuts and a pinch of asafoetida. Allow them to sizzle until chilies turn crisp for approx. 30-40 seconds.
  5.  Add chopped onions and saute until onions turn translucent.
  6.  Add chopped potatoes and salt (add salt only for potatoes).
  7.  Mix well and cook covered until potatoes turn tender. This will take around 3-4 minutes. Stir in between occasionally to prevent sticking.
  8.  Add turmeric powder.
  9.  Mix well and cook for a minute.
  10.  Add soaked poha.
  11.  Mix well.
  12.  Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add lemon juice, dry grated coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves.
  13.  Mix well and turn off the flame. Batata poha is ready for serving.

Health Benefits Of Poha Recipe

Apart from helping you lose weight, a simple bowl of poha can do wonders for your body. Here are some amazing health benefits accrued from eating poha:

  •  Poha has a rich content of Vitamin B1 which helps to control the blood and sugar levels and it is also a great breakfast option for diabetic patients.
  •  Poha is a good source of eleven vital minerals and vitamins, including iron.
  •  Poha is gluten-free, which means it can be consumed by people who are allergic to wheat products.
  •  It is the best post workout snack as it has rich content of protein which helps to repair muscles and maintaining their health.
  •  Since poha is rice-based, it is a good source of energy and can help staff off hunger pangs.
  •  It is lactose-free and heart healthy.
  •  Those suffering from digestive ailments can easily consume poha as it is easy to digest.

Suggestions

  •  Do not soak poha in water. Just gently wash them thoroughly under running water and place them in a strainer to drip away excess water.
  •  If you don’t have a strainer, just sprinkle small amount of water over rice flakes and let them soak. Don’t use excess water. After soaking, poha should be moist but not wet.
  •  Use medium thick rice flakes. Don’t use very thin rice flakes. You can also use brown rice poha.
  •  Change the quantity of Sugar to your liking. Maharashtrian Aloo Pohe has just a hint of sweetness while Gujarati Batata Poha has little bit higher sweetness with well balanced sweet, sour and savory taste.