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Poha - A Quick and Tasty Indian Delight
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Poha - A Quick and Tasty Indian Delight

Here is a quick vegan recipe which is one of my favorites. It mainly constitutes of beaten rice (called poha or Chiwda in India) and ensures that you have your healthy intake of carbohydrates protein and vitamin C through a single dish without the extra calories.


Vegetable Oil - 1 Tsp

Beaten Rice – 200 grams

Tomato – 1 small

Peanuts – ½ cup or less

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Salt - to taste

Optional: fresh coriander leaves, lemon, onion, black pepper powder, red chilli powder

Soak the beaten rice in water for 5 minutes and strain the water.

Heat some vegetable oil in a pan and add the peanuts. Allow them to roast and become slightly dark in color. Stir once or twice in between. This will take 1-2 minutes. Now add mustard seeds and add tomatoes after few seconds. Stir again. Add salt and any other optional ingredients like turmeric powder, black pepper etc. I like it a little bland, but a pinch of black pepper or red chilli powder add to the taste for most people.

After the tomatoes have softened, add the soaked beaten rice and stir. Keep on low heat and stir for a minute. Your Poha is now ready to eat. You can add few lemon drops and freshly cut coriander for garnishing.

If you are fond of onions, you can also fry them and add to this recipe before adding the soaked beaten rice.

This recipe takes just 5 to 10 minutes to prepare and is quite filling. You can safely give it to your kids because it is nutritious and easy to digest. Try this out and let me know if you liked it.


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  1. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    One of my favourite breakfast items :) Don't know really how easy it is to make, but its very easy on stomach for sure and tastes nice. Love it more with a glass of butter milk or coconut chutney :)
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks for your comment Sumit. Did you see it is a real pic :)
  2. ankita
    yummy!!!!!.. and very easy to prepare :)
  3. Carolyn
    Congrats for making Top Posts! Have you prepared this dish for your fiance?
    1. Akanksha
      Not today but he has had it before. See his comment above :-) Thanks..its so good to see you again Carolyn!
      1. Carolyn
        Mr. Bhadwaj, is Akanksha a good cook?
  4. pamelablogs2020
    This looks so good - I am going to try this! What is beaten rice? Where can you buy it?
    1. Akanksha
      Well, you will surely get it on an Indian store by the names 'Flattened rice', 'beaten rice' 'poha', 'chiwda' etc Here is how the uncooked thing looks like - If you tell me the city/country you live in, I might be able to tell you more..
  5. Jodie
    Sounds good! Since it is gluten free, I will be trying this soon.
    1. Akanksha
      Sure Jodie..let me know how it goes :)
  6. Brajesh
    I learned to make this few years back. This was one of the very few dishes that I could make.
    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha is so easy..
  7. Sabavana
    Fabulous! Will definitely be trying this. We have all the ingredients in the cupboard too :-)
    1. Akanksha
      That's great Sabavana, let me know how it goes!


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