I moved from down south to the Bhopal, the city of lakes, as a teenager. I started out as a nervous newcomer but slowly adapted so well that I would be mistaken to be a north Indian occasionally…. I have lots of very fond memories growing up in Bhopal. Food is always been part of the experience. Local cuisine was a mix of cuisines from nearby places and variety of chaat/snack items has been part of this tasteful journey…
Indori style poha is my favorite comfort food. The soft poha with sweet caramelized onions and the crispy soft potatoes with a hint of lemon topped with fresh chopped tomatos and cilantro is pure heaven .. I just listed out all the main ingredients 🙂
Poha is flattened rice which is very popular in northern India. It is very popular breakfast in Indore, Bhopal regions, usually served with hot Jilabis. From what I read it is filled with nutrition, a very good source of iron and also good for diabetics.
Medium Poha – 2 cups
Onion – 1 medium sized
Potato- 1 boiled
Sweet Peas – 1/2 cup
Peanuts – 2 tbs ( optional, I did not use in my recipe)
Cumin/Jeera – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 1 tbs
Green chilis- 1-2 nos ( slit into 2
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Lemon juice – 2 tbs
Fresh cilantro few stands
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tbs
1. Soak the poha in enough water so it is completely immersed in water. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes for it to puff up.
2. In a pan heat the oil. Once its hot add cumin and the slit chilis. When the cumin starts to splutter add the turmeric to the it. ( if you are adding peanuts this is when you would add it.)
3. Now add the cut onions and fry until it turns translucent. At this point add the grated ginger.
4. Mash the boiled potato coarsely and add that to the pan. Fry it slightly and then add in the peas to the mixture and stair for couple of minutes.
5. When peas looks slightly withered add in the soaked poha to the pan and the sugar and mix well. Let the mixture cook in low flame for about 5 minutes.
6. When done add the lemon juice and mix
7. Garnish with cilantro and chopped tomato. Sprinkle potato sev and it takes the dish to another level.