4 Poha Recipes With A Twist To Make Your Snack Time Drool Worthy!

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Poha or flattened rice is a staple in most parts of our country. The spicy kande pohe from Maharashtra, bataka pauva in Gujarat, or the sweet and tangy poha of Indore – it is a delicacy synonymous with breakfast. They are a wholesome, fibre-rich breakfast with the right amount of carbohydrates and iron. 

To make it a regular part of your diet, we decided to share with you 4 recipes made from this key ingredient. No more traditional poha, you can now have poha with a twist. 

Curd poha

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If you are a fan of curd rice, you will love this recipe too. It’s a perfect recipe for the hot and humid months or for days when you crave for something fresh and healthy. The sweetness and crunch of pomegranate makes the poha even more delectable. 

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 cup poha (soaked)
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger piece, finely grated
  • ½ cup cucumber, grated or finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Beat the curd well. Add salt to taste, mix and set aside. 
  2. In a medium sized pan, heat the oil. Add mustard and jeera. Once it starts spluttering, add the curry leaves and green chillies. 
  3. Turn off the stove and add the curd. Mix properly. 
  4. Now slowly add the poha and cucumber and mix gently. 
  5. Garnish with pomegranate and coriander leaves and serve chilled. 

Papad Poha

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It’s not too easy to get bored of the traditional poha but sometimes, you just want to serve it in a different way. Or you just want to convince the kids or yourself that you are eating something different. This papad poha has just one ingredient that offers the much needed twist. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups poha, soaked
  • 3 papad, roasted
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • A pinch of asafeotida
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander for garnish

Method: 

  • Skip the onion and other vegetables in this poha recipe. You can add it optionally. 
  • In a pan, heat the oil, add the mustard and jeera. Put the hing, chilies and curry leaves. Sauté it for a minute. 
  • Add turmeric powder and mix. Now add the poha and all the other ingredients except the papad. 
  • Cover the poha and cook for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Break the papad into small pieces. Garnish the poha with a generous portion of crunchy papad and serve hot. 

Poha parfait

A dessert or breakfast dish with poha tastes as interesting as it sounds. Packed with health, this parfait can be your breakfast, mid-day or early evening snack or even a light dessert. 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1 cup poha
  • 1 cup apple
  • 1 cup mixed seasonal fruits
  • 1 tbsp mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
  • 1 tbsp black raisins
  • 2-3 tbsp soaked chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp mixed seeds (flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, amaranth seeds)
  • 1 tbsp honey

Method:

  • Mix yoghurt and honey well. Add poha to it and mix gently. 
  • You can use small glasses or bowls to assemble the parfait. 
  • Spread some mix fruits at the bottom, then a layer of the poha and yoghurt mix.  
  • Top it with a spoonful of mixed seeds. You can also spread a layer of soaked chia seeds. 
  • Then spread a layer of apples and the poha mix. Make a final layer of fruits, nuts and black raisins and serve.

Poha dhokla

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Dhoklas are one of the healthiest and lightest meals. Accompanied with chai, they are a hot favourite. Are you bored of the traditional besan dhokla? Try this poha version. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup poha, soaked
  • ½ cup suji or semolina
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp fruit salt or Eno
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 cup water
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • Coriander for garnish
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Mix the curd and water in a deep bowl so that no lumps remain. 
  2. Mix the poha, suji and ginger-chili paste to the curd and mix well. 
  3. Add the salt and turmeric. Keep the mix aside for 10-15 minutes. Choose sour curd instead of fresh for a better consistency and taste. 
  4. Prepare the dhokla steamer. Just before pouring the batter in the plate, add the fruit salt along with 2 spoons of water. Mix gently. 
  5. Pour it into the dhokla moulds and steam it for 15 minutes. 
  6. Once cool, you can cut them in pieces and temper it. 
  7. Heat oil and mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Add the curry leaves and pour the tempering over the dhokla. Garnish with coriander. 

What are your favourite poha recipes? Share with us in the comments section below. 

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