Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Poha with Green Chutney : Bfast in a jiffy!

After a good rest for at least 8 hours time, your stomach definitely looks forward for the prime food of the day 'Breakfast'. Rightly so, it is considered as a mandatory diet for an individual and not advisable to be skipped.

Variety is the order of any food to satisfy the taste budz of an individual. So was the case last Sunday when we were wondering what to cook and in a jiffy! We found our savior in 'Rice Flakes', which helped us churn out some yummy "Poha" or "Rice Flakes Upma" with green chutney.

Poha / Rice Flakes Upma / Avil Upma: (Preparation time: 10 mts)

  • Rice Flakes                      - 1 Cup
  • Big Onion                        - 1 Big or 2 Small (Chopped)
  • Green Chillies                  - 3-4 (depending on how spicy you need it)
  • Ginger                             - 1 small piece
  • Ground Nuts                   - 1-2 Tbspn (can replace green peas with ground nuts)
  • Salt                                 - To taste
  • Curry leaves / Coriander leaves  - For garnishing
  • Cooking oil                      - 3-4 Tbspn (doesn't need much oil)
  • Mustard Seeds                 - 1 tspn
  1. Chop onions, ginger, and green chillie to small pieces
  2. Wash the rice flakes and drain the water completely. Leave it aside while you prepare the garnishing.
  3. In a pan, add oil. After it warms, add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  4. To this, add the Ground Nuts. Allow it to fry for a few mts till they turn a bit reddish.
  5. Add the chopped ginger, chillie, and onions.
  6. Fry them till onion is cooked and turns pinkish. Add salt.
  7. Add the drained rice flakes by mixing it properly. Allow it on fire for 5 mts by when the rice flakes will appear cooked.
  8. Remove from fire and garnish it with chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves. [missing in the pic :)]
  • Preferably use the Broader and Red Rice Flakes and not the white ones.
  • Don't add or even sprinkle water else it will become soggy
  • You can replace ground nuts with Green Peas (the frozen variety or the fresh ones; not the dried ones)

Green Chutney: (Preparation time : 5 mts)

A tasty and tangy preparation that you can use with any starters, such as Potato Fry etc, or tiffin items. You can customize it to prepare it as spicy & tangy as you prefer.

  • Mint Leaves (Pudhina Leaves)              - 1 small bunch
  • Coriander Leaves (Dhaniya leaves)       -  Same or half the Qty as Mint Leaves
  • Green Chillies                                       - 5-6 (depending on the spice you need)
  • Ginger                                                  - 1 small piece
  • Mango Dry powder (Amchur)              - 1 tbspn 
  • Curd (Dahi)                                          - 1-2 tbspn
  • Salt                                                       - To taste
  1. Clean and wash the green leaves. 
  2. In a mixer, add the leaves, green chillies, ginger, mango powder, curd, and salt. Grind it till a smooth mix. 
  1. If no mango powder & curd, you can use a small size of tamarind
  2. You can add curry leaves as well

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