2 cups poha
1 large boiled potato (cut into pieces)
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 green chili (finely chopped)
half bowl green peas
1 tspn mustard seeds (rai)
1 tspn cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tspn turmeric powder (haldi)
chopped coriander leaves
few curry leaves
grated fresh coconut (optional)
2 1/2 tspn oil
2 tspn sugar
salt as required
Pick 2 cups poha. rinse the poha in clean running water twice or thrice. use a strainer to rinse the poha. keep the poha in the strainer and rinse it in running water. make sure that you do not rinse it too much or else it breaks and gets mushy. while rinsing, the poha absorbs enough water and it becomes soft. the poha must become soft but remain intact, whole and separate. If the poha does not become soft, sprinkle few drops of water on the poha in the strainer.
- Heat a pan and add oil, mustar seeds & cumin seeds.
- When seeds splutter add onion and mix it well until it turns golden brown in colour.
- Sprinkle 1/2 tspn turmeric powder, 2 tspn sugar and salt (as required) in the poha. mix it well.
- Add green chilies, curry leaves saute for half a minute.
- Later add pieces of potato, saute the potatoes till light golden and crisp.
- Add the poha. stir gently but very well till everything is mixed evenly.
- Cover the pan tightly with a lid and steam poha for a minute or two on a low flame. switch off the flame and keep the lid covered on the pan for a further 5 minutes.
- Remove the lid and garnish the poha with chopped coriander leaves and grated fresh coconut.
- Serve batata poha hot with lemon pieces.