Poha can be viewed as a convenience food for its nature. Saves your time, easily digestible, doesn’t require you to stand in front of it for more time unlike other recipes, your not conscious of eating rice or something starchy…. i can go on writing because i love poha/Beaten rice 🙂
When your in a hurry to make something to eat, what you can do is wash poha set aside. Meantime make a small tadka/seasoning with oil and finely chopped veggies of your choice, adjust spice and salt level and finally toss in the washed poha with the veggies and see in no time you made vegetable poha 🙂 Cooking time is very very low and that’s the unique part of poha.
Poha also helps us in fermenting the idli or dosa batter. Add a fistful of washed and soaked poha while you grind batter for idli or dosa and fermentation is very well done and it also helps the idlies for their sponginess.
This capsicum poha is very easy and requires capsicum and poha/beaten rice as main ingredients. We go on with the upma flow. The seasoning remains the same and its just the addition of capsicum and replacing the poha with rava in our regular rava upma 🙂
Poha/Beaten rice – 1cup
Onion – 1 medium(finely chopped)
Tomato – 1 medium (finely chopped)
Capsicum – 1 medium sized (roughly chopped)
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Curry leaves – 1spring
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Green chilli – 2 (slit)
Juice of 1 lime
Coriander leaves – finely chopped
Salt to taste
- Wash the poha/beaten rice thoroughly with water and set aside
- In a kadhai/pan, Add oil and allow it to heat
- Add mustard seeds and once it crackles add green chillies and curry leaves
- Add onion and saute till translucent
- Add tomatoes to this and stir till the tomatoes are mushy
- Add turmeric powder, chopped capsicum, salt and mix well
- Add washed poha to this and mix till all the ingredients are well combined
- Check for salt and add more if required
- Add juice of one lime discarding the seeds and mix well
- Add chopped coriander leaves and mix.
- All these should be done on a low-med flame and not high.
- You can also add cumin seeds, chana dal, urad dal for seasoning. As my family doesn’t like the taste i seldom use those in my recipes. But using that can give you better flavours 🙂