One of the oldest and easiest trick to turn around a simple, bland dish is to add fresh vegetables and herbs to it to increase its vibrance. Poha or flattened rice is one such item which is usually plain and humble looking and packed with carbs.
In this recipe, we’ll give it a healthy and colourful twist that also balances out its carbohydrate content with fibers and proteins.
Poha with peas recipe
What you need (4 servings):
1 ½ cups of Flattened rice (Poha)
1 cup of fresh green peas
2 small Onions, finely chopped
3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
½ tsp of Turmeric powder
1 tsp of Mustard seeds
1 tsp of Cumin seeds
2 sprigs of Curry leaves
¼ tsp of Asafoetida (hing)
Salt as per taste
Coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 ½ tsp of Lemon juice
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Nutritional benefits: A quick meal of healthy carbs, fibres, and lots of calcium.
Best enjoyed with: A cup of hot Ginger Tea
How you cook:
Begin by boiling peas in water with a little salt. Drain away the water once done.
Rinse poha in fresh water once and quickly lest it may turn mushy.
Heat oil in a deep pan. Sprinkle asafoetida, cumin and mustard seeds and fry for 2 minutes till they splutter and turn golden brown.
Stir fry curry leaves and chillies for a minute, and then fry onions in the same oil till they turn translucent and golden.
Add turmeric, salt, peas, and poha to the masala in pan and toss properly.
Sprinkle some water, toss the content again and cover the pan with a lid.
Once poha absorbs the flavours a bit, turn off the heat and let the poha cook in its own mild steam.
Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice and toss the content again.
Matar Poha is now ready to be served as a breakfast quickie or as a tea time binge with some crispy Aloo bhujiya.
Over to you
We took regular Poha to a new level by adding a touch of greenery to it using fresh peas. Tell us how you liven up your Poha in the comments below.