June 26, 2007

Spicy Pohe for Weekend Breakfast

We consciously try to avoid cereal and milk for weekend breakfast. Our choices vary depending on our mood and of course preparation time available. Rava idlis, masala omlette, paratha or light masala pohe,they are all favorites! Pohe is our favorite for the summer.

My mom also adds potatoes in pohe, which tastes great. There are several versions from different Indian states. Kande (onion) pohe, is popular in Maharashtra while boiled green peas and potatoes are added in other regions. I omitted the potatoes and customized it with fresh sprouts.

As you can probably see from some of my previous posts, sprouts have been a big hit in our house over the last few weeks. It's perfect for the summer.

Update - Pohe is a snack made from Poha or rice pressed into flakes. Before cooking, poha is softened with water and then cooked in to a variety of dishes. When cooked with spices and vegetable, it becomes the poha and sometimes it is also served with sugar, coconut, banana and milk. Bengalis call Pohe - Chirer Pulao (thanks Sandeepa!). For more info, click here.

2 cups Poha (Beaten rice) (use the thick pohe)
1 large red onion
2 green chillies - slit
3-4 curry leaves
2/3 tspoon mustard seeds
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
pinch of peptidases
2-3 tbspoons peanuts - crushed
1/3 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon sugar
1 tspoon lemon juice (preferably fresh)
1/4 cup fresh sprouts
salt to taste
1 tbspoon oil

Boil water and gently wash the poha and drain the water immediately. Set it aside to soften.

In the meantime, heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and temper it with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, green chillies, curry leaves,. Then add the peanuts and the turmeric powder and stir for 2-3 minutes. Then add the onions and cook till the onions turn translucent.

Add the poha, salt, and sugar and cook on medium low heat till everything mixes well together. Cook on a closed lid for a couple of minutes. Then add the chopped cilantro leaves and the lemon juice. Take it off the heat and add the sprouts.

Serve warm. We enjoyed our relaxed breakfast with some grape juice. This is going to Trupti's (The Spice who Loved Me) WBB# 12 - Spice it Up. Thanks Trupti!


  1. both j and i can eat pohe for every meal. we just love it. yours looks very yummy.

  2. i can eat pohe/avalakki anytime too! i love all kinds of pohe your looks lovely!

  3. Weekend brunch at home is a luxury. We grab what we get and go out :D

  4. Hey, I too blogged poha!! I love the addition of sprouts in yours!

  5. Hi!
    Adding sprouts is really a good idea!! healthy breakfast!!!!!

  6. Quick and easy treat!

  7. Pohe....i like them n miss them too ....not tht i dont cook them ...but not as gud as my mom does :(

    urs look just like hers ....but adding sprouts ? never had those ...will definitely try ....sounds gud ...looks gud :)

  8. Poha or "Chirer Pulao" as we say in Bangla is a all time fav. Like your bowl

  9. You've made it even healthier by adding sprouts! This is totally my kind of breakfast....


  10. First time I had Pohe from a Marathi friend of ours...and I was hooked for its simplicity and taste...she added potato and ground nuts...I wish I got that bowl of pohe now!


  11. the poha looks so yummy and healthy. I can see those sprouts. lovely recipe.

  12. Pohe, anytime...your's look great...

  13. Your pohe are looking really tasty and healthy. Even we love pohe :)

  14. Addition of sprouts to the pohe would sure taste great Mandira

  15. Hi Mandira - what's pohe? Am I being really stupid?

  16. Thanks Bee , it is quite delicious and perfect for the summer. Don't you agree?

    Roopa - thanks, with sprouts it was the perfect breakfast.

    Suganya - Now I know what you've been up to :D We like brunches, if not at home then at our favorite restaurants.

    Jyothsna your looks delicious too. Love the pictures of mumbai to go with that.

    Usha - it was light, healthy and delicious. Now, who can beat that combination ;)

    Thanks ISG.

    Rahin - thanks. Mom's touch are special. Believe me, I am still trying to perfect some of her recipes.

    Sandeepa - those are salad bowls doubling as pulao bowl :)

    Trupti - thanks for hosting WBB, sprouts added that extra crunch to the breakfast.

    Shn, that is how my mom makes it, with potatoes and groundnuts. I took the easy way out :)

    Thanks Sharmi, Sunita, Archana, Prema. I also liked the taste of sprouts in the pohe. With fresh lime juice and cilantro it was great.

    Mallika - My prof once told me there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers! I have updated the post with info on pohe.

  17. I am coming for breakfast this weekend :)

  18. Hey this poha looks so nice and tempting i do Poha in a different way. never tried with the sprouts . thnx for the recipe will try it.

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  20. i love poha and sprouted moong ...New variety..Surely I will add to my poha series and let you know....http://www.addflavour.blogspot.com/2007/05/pohaseries.html

  21. Pritya10:35 PM

    Dear Mandira,
    Wow - what a great recipe for pohe! The addition of sprouts seems most interesting.Will be trying this variation soon. Would love to see some more of such recipes with a special twist - always a winner in my family. I am lucky that they are open to variations and allow me to experiment rather than insisting on childhood flavours as many people seem to do. I also make pohe adding tomatoes and boiled husked green gram (yellow). Thats yummy too.


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