Aloo Poha or Flattened Rice With Potatoes And Spices is the breakfast dish for Indians. It is light and yet very tasty, and you’ll find carts selling this bright yellow dish sprinkled with coriander and grated fresh coconut and sometimes pomegranate seeds at every street corner.
This recipe here, is my mom, Rohini’s. And I promise you it turns out delicious.
Flattened rice with potatoes.
Serves 3 -4
10 fresh curry leaves
3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
4 medium sized onions
3 medium sized potatoes
A nice pinch asafoetida
1 level teaspoon turmeric powder plus 1/2 teaspoon
1 level teaspoon salt plus 1/2 teaspoon
6 tablespoons oil
300 gms poha or flattened rice
1 teaspoon sugar or sugar to taste
1 lemon cut into quarters
Some chopped coriander
Some grated fresh coconut (optional)
Some pomegranate seeds (optional)
1 Chop the onions and potatoes into small pieces. Keep half the chopped onions aside.
2 Take a kadhai or deep bottomed pan, put the oil to heat. Put the cumin and mustard seeds and fry them for a second. Add the fresh curry leaves. When they start to sputter, add half the chopped onions. Then add the chopped potatoes. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, add 1 teaspoon of salt, give the pan a good stir, splash a little water into the pan and then cover and let cook. Add a little water on the lid of the pan while cooking the onion and potato spice mix.
3 Meanwhile, very lightly wash the poha in a colander. Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon salt to the poha and sprinkle the sugar onto it.
4 Check to see if the onion potato mix is cooked. When done, remove the pan from the fire, add the poha and stir gently to mix. Put it back on the fire, let it heat for 2 minutes.
Serve hot garnished with the remaining chopped onions, chopped coriander, grated fresh coconut, and lemon quarters.