Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Both K and I were tired of having the same old cereal and milk for breakfast everyday, so just to jazz things up I made Poha. Simple filling this is a universal delight. I learnt to make poha from my aunt L when I lived with them in Mumbai for a year.
Poha or Chuda Upma as we call it at home it made of flattened rice (easily found in your local Indian grocery store). In Bihar, everyday breakfast comprises of soaked, drained Chuda with yogurt, banana and sugar or gud (jaggery). Makes for a wholesome and filling breakfast.
2 cups poha
A pinch of hing(asafoetida)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
2 whole dry chillies, broken into two
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed into small pieces
1 cup peas (I use frozen ones)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt to taste
To Garnish : 1 tbsp each of chopped green chilli and coriander leaves
Wash the poha, drain the water completely and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add the hing and mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, add the curry leaves, red chillies, potato, peas and turmeric powder. Mix well, cover and cook till potato is almost done.
Now add the poha and salt and mix well. Cook on low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with chopped chillies and coriander leaves and serve hot. Enjoy!


Asha said...

We call it Avalakki Uppittu and I love it for a quick snack anytime!:))

Looks great,I love the photo:)

Manjula said...

Batata poha is simply delicious.
I often this with onion instead of hing. Thats a little time consuming one to fry onion till golden brown. Hing looks like a better substitute.

Sangeeta said...

@ Asha, Thanks :)

@ Manjula, I have never tried Poha with onion - definitely going to give it a try. Thanks :)

musical said...

One of the simplest and best breakfasts and snacks :).
Like Manjula, i add onions too and some veggies as well, will try your version this time. so you love chillies too:-D don't they add a different touch to pohe and upma.

Thanks Sangeeta.

bee said...

soaked poha with yogurt and fruit is such a great idea. this batata poha makes me crave some. it is truly comforting.

Rajani said...

Hi Sangeetha,
Nice post and a very healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing, will try some time.


Sig said...

Hey Sangeeta, Poha is a new one for me, I've heard of it, didn't really know what it is... :)
It looks yummy!

DEEPA said...

It looks yummy man ...My version is a little bit similar to ur's

Trupti said...

I havent had this in a while...must make some today, its almost lunch time here. :)

I add onions and corn to mine sometimes for a change!


Sam said...

This dish looks so beautiful with the colours. I love poha type dish, this looks yummy! Thanks so much for sharing, will try it out soon.