Poha – Comfort food # 2002

My staple recipe to impress Amma. I am the first person to make this for her and it was hit with her.

I was introduced to this recipe by one of my colleague couple of years ago and it won everyone’s tongue heart instantly and made it to our household’s top five list of favorite and frequent dishes. I usually make it for Friday’s dinner. Make it in a jiffy, gobble it and take it easy for rest of the evening. Friday evening’s are bliss with not to worry about the next day.


Thick Poha – 3 cups
Onion – 2 medium
Garlic – 3 or 4 pods – finely chopped
Ginger – slice to match with garlic – finely chopped
Green chillies – 2 – slit lengthwise
Peanuts – handful
Potato – 1 – thinly sliced
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Tamarind paste – 2 or 3 spoons
Sugar – 2 spoons
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder – 1 spoon
Salt – as per taste
Coriander leaves – to garnish

1. Soak poha in water for 5 mins and drain it thoroughly.
2. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera, peanuts, curry leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger  in same order.
3. Add onion and saute until it turns translucent.
4. Add potatoes and allow it to cook.
5. When potato is almost cooked, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, tamarind paste, sugar in same order.
6. Once they are well blended, add the drained poha and give it a nice stir. Stir it from sides so that the poha doesn’t get mushed.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

This dish doesn’t need any side dish and the best part is it has all flavours – sweet, tangy, spicy.


P.S: Do not soak poha for long time as it gets soggy.


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