Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Spicy Batata Poha (Potato with flattened rice)


Poha (flattened rice): 2 cups
Cooking oil: 4 tsp.
Peanuts: 8-10
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp.
Curry leaves: a few
Potato (chopped): 2
Peas: 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Sambhar powder: 1 tsp.
Red chilli powder: 1 tsp.
Asafoetida: a pinch
Coriander powder: 1/2 tsp.
Green chilli (chopped): 1
Sugar: 1 tsp.
Lemon juice: 2 tsp.
Coriander leaves to garnish

  1. Run the poha under running water in a colander and drain all water when the poha is completely wet. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the peanuts, fry until they change colour slightly and drain from oil and keep aside.
  3. In the same pan, crackle mustard seeds and add asafoetida. After 10 seconds, add the potatoes and mix well. Add the salt and sambhar powder. Mix really well to coat all potatoes with the spice powder and let cook until the potatoes are done.
  4.  Add cumin powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Mix well. Add the curry leaves, peanuts and green chilli and peas. Mix well and let cook until the peas are done. I use frozen peas so I cook for about a minute. If using fresh, cook longer.
  5. Add sugar and lemon juice and quickly add the poha. Mix really well to coat all poha with the masala. Cook for a minute and turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with a cup of tea !!

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