What comes to your mind when you think of Indian breakfast items… steamy Puttu and fiery Kadala curry or fluffy Appams and warm Stew or crispy Dosas with garama garam Sambar? Did I make you hungry yet, if so, mission accomplished ;) Ok, now I’ll tell you my choice… it has to be Appam and Stew. I’m a bit ashamed to say this… my knowledge about Indian breakfast is very much limited to Kerala breakfast items and dishes like dosa, kesari bath etc; I’m familiar with the South Indian breakfast fare, but rest of India, I only have a vague idea.
Poha which we call Aval is mostly a tea time snack in Kerala. But the thing is we use brown Aval usually. I’ve seen Poha recipes in some blogs, but never tasted it. So when I tasted this at our friend’s place, it was a pleasant surprise for me! I’ve always associated Aval with sweet dishes. We both, Jose and myself, enjoyed this savoury avatar of Aval and so I got the recipe from Kshama, our friend. She told me it’s a Maharashtrian breakfast dish.
Finally I tried the recipe last weekend. Since I was still on my India trip hangover, I wanted to have Indian breakfast but at the same time I wasn’t in a mood to cook something elaborate. That reminds me.. did I tell you, I was in India for almost a month? My Appa fractured his leg and is homebound for sometime. I thought I’ll give him some company. In my brother’s words “Appa needs somebody to chorify (bug/irritate) and you are the right person for that” :) So I packed my bags and landed there. Anyways, Appa is doing ok and I do hope he recovers fast.
So what where we saying… yeah Indian breakfast, so this recipe came in handy. You know what I like most about this dish, you dont need any side dishes to go with it, unlike our Kerala breakfast items :)
Thank you Kshama for introducing this wonderful dish to us! Btw, did you notice the Silver bowl in the pic? That was gifted to me, by Jose’s parents this time specially for taking pics :)
Now, shall we go and make this simple yet beautiful dish?
Here you go with the step by step pictures…
Soak the poha in water for a minute and drain well. Add salt and 1 tsp of sugar to poha and mix well. Keep it aside…
- Poha (white rice flakes/ vella aval) – 2 cups
- Onion – 1 med-large, chopped
- Green chilli – 2-3, chopped
- Green peas – ½ cup (I used frozen)
- Potato – 1 medium, cut into small cubes
- Coconut – ⅓ cup (optional)
- Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
- Sugar – 2 tsp
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- Asafoetida (kayam) – a small pinch
- Peanuts/cashews – 1 tbsp (optional)
- Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
- Oil – I used sunflower oil
- Curry leaves
- Coriander leaves – for garnishing
- Soak the poha in water for a minute and drain well. Add salt and 1 tsp of sugar to poha and mix well. Keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds. Add peanuts/cashews and fry for 1-2 mins. Add chopped onion, green chilli and asafoetida . Cook for 2 mins and and add cubed potatoes. Cover and cook till the potatoes are done. Make sure you stir it in between, otherwise it may stick to the bottom. Do not add water to cook potatoes (refer notes).
- Once the potatoes are cooked, add green peas, turmeric powder, salt, lemon juice and 1 tsp sugar. Mix well. Add grated coconut and cook for a min or two.
- Add poha and mix well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.