Living in Bombay and watching my Maharastrian neighbours relish their breakfast of poha always tempted me to prepare poha. All thanks to my dad who would make us taste the different varieties of snacks/dishes and relish it. Here’s my recipe for a good morning spicy breakfast poha which not only awakens your metabolism because of the spice, ginger, heat but also gives you the energy required to start your day followed by a nice hot cup of ginger tea. Breakfast complete and this is also 1 of my husband’s absolute favourite breakfast.

Recipe as follows:

  1. 250 gms. poha cleaned and strained through fine grain mesh (thick variety).
  2. 2 med. Onions finely chopped,
  3. 5 green chillies chopped fine (As per your requirements)
  4. 1″ginger cut fine, (good for your metabolism)
  5. 1/4 coconut grated, (as per your taste)
  6. handful of coriander leaves finely chopped,
  7. 1/4 tsp. tumeric powder,
  8. 3 flakes garlic,
  9. 1/4 tsp. Cumin
  10. 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds each,
  11. a few curry leaves.
  12. A pinch of asafoetida,
  13. 1 big Potato peeled and diced (as desired)
  14. 1/3 cup peas/roasted peanuts (optional)
  15. salt and chilli powder to taste.(As required)
  16. Juice of 1 lime.
  17. Oil (as required)
  18. Sugar 1 tsp

To check if the poha is thick I put 1 grain in a small bowl of water. If it dissolves within 2 seconds it is fine poha. If it takes 5 seconds or more then it is thick poha. Don’t wash the thin poha before hand.

Now put thick poha in a strainer and strain your poha and wash nicely in water and drain the water.

In a non-stick vessel add 3 tbs of oil. Add asafoetida and fry for a minute. Then add cumin and mustard. When the seeds stop popping, put in ginger, garlic, onions, chillies. Fry till the onions are soft and translucent. Put in turmeric, chilli powder, salt and vegetables. Cover and cook without adding water till vegetables are cooked.

Now for thin poha sprinkle water and strain immediately. Now add the poha and stir in to mix well. Add lime juice, curry leaves, sugar and coconut and cook till poha turns soft. Taste and check for salt. Add if required and mix well. Switch off the gas. Serve with coriander as garnish and lemon wedges.

Enjoy your poha.

Note: Photo edited on 05/02/2018

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