Potato / Bateta Poha

A quick and simple breakfast in a lot of Indian homes is the potato poha. Poha is the name for beaten rice flakes that can be used to make both sweet and savoury dishes. Its a common sight to see street food vendors serving poha in the mornings in Mumbai.

This is one of my favourite breakfasts – its easy to make, low on calories and has loads of texture and flavour. I like to use organic poha from 24 letter Mantra.

What you need:

Poha / beaten rice, 3 cups (I might use more coz I eat more!)

Potatoes, 1 (use 2 if they are small)

Roasted peanuts, 1/2 cup

Coriander leaves  (chopped), 1/2 cup

Green chillies, 2

Rai / Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon

Sesame seeds, 2-3 teaspoons

Oil, 1 tablespoon

Salt and sugar to taste

To make the Poha: Wash the beaten rice in water. You will find that they absorb the water and get soft and fluffy. The idea is to make them soft but not let them lose their shape and go mushy. Set this aside and chop the potatoes into small cubes. Heat the oil in a kadhai / wok and add the mustard seeds when the oil is getting hot. Let these sputter and then tip in your potatoes. Add salt to the potatoes (remember, no one likes unsalted potatoes!). Add the sesame seeds, chopped green chillies and sugar and stir fry these in the oil. Once the potatoes have cooked through, add the turmeric and the roasted peanuts. Fry this mix for a few seconds and then add in the soaked poha. (TIP: If the poha seems a bit dry, you can sprinkle some water over right before adding it to the mix).

Now, stir all of this together thoroughly. I usually add more salt at this stage. The poha should have absorbed all the turmeric-flavoured oil and gone a bright yellow. Turn off the heat and sprinkle lots of coriander to garnish. Serve with a big wedge of lemon.

Variations: Since poha is such a common recipe, it has a lot of variations. Some people like adding onions with potatoes to the poha. Others may add peas. Some like to garnish it with sev (a fried snack made of chick-pea batter). Whatever the recipe, the end-result is simple and yum.

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2 thoughts on “Potato / Bateta Poha

  1. One of my favorite breakfast.I use to put fry onions with potato and only salt without sugar. Sure I will try exactly like this and you can try mine. But I would suggest a good quality special poha for this else this dish will not be tasty which can’t be found readily. If you are in Bangalore go to http://www.youmart.in as they have one of the best online grocery store in Bangalore, delivering your products till door steps. Thanks for a new twist in Poha.

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