Poha/ Pohe/ Kanda Poha

Poha/ Pohe/ Kanda Poha
Poha/ Pohe/ Kanda Poha
Poha or pohe is a quick and light breakfast or snack that is easy to prepare and tasty. It is made with beaten or flattened rice, spices, peanuts and onions.
It is a Kid-friendly dish too and a very good option for a lunch box.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 3

Poha- 3 cups
Turmeric- 1 teaspoon
Salt- 2 teaspoon
Raw peanuts- 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
Curry Leaves- 10-12
Oil- 1 tablespoon
Green/ Red chilies- 2-3, chopped
Onion- 2, chopped
Lemon juice- 2 tablespoon
Coriander leaves- 2 tablespoon, chopped
Pomegranate Arils for Garnishing (Optional)
To a strainer or a colander add flattened rice (poha).

Rinse it under running water until it turns soft.

Alternatively, put pohe in a bowl with 4 to 5 cups of water and rinse quickly. Drain the water completely.

To check if it’s done, press a flake between your thumb and index finger, they should be soft & break easily. If they don't then sprinkle little water and cover.

Add turmeric and salt to the poha.

Run your fingers through the poha to break the lumps & spread turmeric and salt.

Cover and set it aside to soften.

Meanwhile you make the tempering in the pan.

Heat a pan or wok and add peanuts.
Dry roast them until golden & aromatic.
Remove to a plate and set aside.
Pour oil to the same pan and heat it.
Add mustard and cumin seeds.
When they begin to pop, add onions, curry leaves and green chilies.
Sauté until the onions turn lightly pink.
Add poha.
Mix well and cover the pan.
Cook on a very low heat until it turns hot.
Next add coriander leaves and switch off.
Taste test it and add more salt if needed.
Squeeze some lemon juice.
Garnish poha with roasted peanuts, coriander leaves and pomegranate arils.
Serve with either a cup of tea or coffee.