Sunday, June 6, 2010

A simple south Indian Breakfast!

What do you do when you get up on a Sunday morning and feel like having a simple breakfast? I am pretty slow in the morning and take time to gear up...To put out a decent, simple and a fast breakfast I always rely on poha- What is Poha? Wikipedia, defines poha as a flattened rice- a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain. You will find "poha" in any Indian store. It is the easiest dish to make and really tastes good! Recipe is simple- take a bowl of poha in a strainer and run water on it- It swells and becomes heavy-set it aside. In a wok, pour some oil- once the oil becomes hot, toss in the cumin seeds and dried chillies (2-3) - then toss in some cashew nuts and ground nuts and mix'em well- add in mashed potatoes (optional) or any vegetable (usually paprika, carrot, peas, corn) and stir them well- now the spices go in- salt, a dash of curry powder or masala powder and turmeric powder. Once this mixture is cooked well, add in the washed poha that was set aside earlier. Toss'em well so that the poha absorbs the spices...Before serving, squeeze in some lemon juice and corriander leaves to enjoy a good breakfast!

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