Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Poha ~ Simple and easy, My Mom's way..

I hope everyone has voted for their favorite dish in the event..If not go ahead and do it now!!

For the 7th and the last day of the Blogging marathon I chose another version of rice called atukulu or beaten flat rice.
I have always liked Poha right from when I can remember it. I always liked the way my Mom made it.
Poha is made from what we call in Telugu 'Atukulu' or in English 'Beaten Flat Rice flakes'
For making Poha the correct variety of the flat rice is required. You need the thick flat rice. The thin flat rice breaks up into pieces when you prepare it this way. So you will always require the thick one.
When you have the required ingredients, this dish is very easy to make. Its a fun snack, but I love to eat to for lunch, dinner or breakfast too.
My Mom adds peanuts to this dish which makes this dish more so yummy!


2 cups poha, beaten flat rice, atukulu
1/4 cup peanuts, dry roasted and coarsely ground

1 small onion, chopped
3 green chillies, chopped

1/4 tsp urad daal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
few curry leaves
2 dry red chillies, broken
1 tbsp of oil
pinch of turmeric
salt to taste

chopped coriander leaves for garnish
lemon juice to taste (optional)


Wash the rice flakes in water couple of times. Drain all the water, lightly squeeze the flakes to take to excess water. Keep aside for 20 min.
Dry roast peanuts till lightly brown. Grind them to make a coarse powder.
Heat oil in kadai.
Add the urad daal, mustard seeds and jeera, Let them splutter.
Add the dry red chillis and the curry leaves.
Add the onions and green chillies. Saute for couple of minutes. Add the turmeric powder.
Add the soaked poha along with salt and mix well.
Add the ground peanuts. Mix well.
Add the chopped coriander leaves.
Add lemon juice if you wish.
Serve hot!

See what my fellow bloggers who are participating in the marathon have cooked up today, for the final day of the marathon.

Srivalli, Azeema, Bhagi, Champa, Gayathri Anand, Gayathri Kumar, Harini, Jay, Kamalika, Meena, Mina, Padma, Pavani, PJ, Priya Mahadevan, Priya Suresh, Priya Vasu, Rujuta, Santosh, Saraswathi, Savitha, Shanavi, Sowmya, Suma, Usha, Veena


  1. Poha is always tasty and easy to make...

  2. Mom's way are always the best, looks great.

  3. Poha looks really lovely Smitha, Loved the pics

  4. Poha is one of the frequently made breakfast dish in my house...yours is looking so delicious.

  5. Poha looks superb..will make for a great homemade breakfast..

  6. I can have this delicious poha anytime,looks awesome..

  7. Poha is my all tine fav perfect light and healthy :)

  8. Omg, poha makes me hungry..Soo tempting!

  9. greta for a quick bfast or teatime snack

  10. Poha is comfort food for me.. thanks for this yummy, easy version :)

    US Masala

  11. It looks so yummy.
    Have you noticed how even the thicker variety poha we get here
    turns into a mush if you soak the way you did it in India? :)

  12. true Suma...it does...and I didnt even wash or soak it for longer than 20 min...:)

  13. lovely poha upma,healthy too.....

  14. always tried the sweet version of poha........nw willtry ur spicy one.........

  15. Poha is a quick and welcome snack at home

  16. I love the look and sound of this - fresh and easy. Gotta make use of the poha in my storecupboard. Soon!

  17. A simple, no fuss, tasty breakfast!!! The poha looks perfectly cooked..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats corner

  18. Hi
    I have an award with you at http://chettinadthruminu.blogspot.com/2011/02/award.html

  19. Great comfort food and a yummy breakfast

  20. i'm quite fond of poha but i have to serve it with beef or chicken curry to my husband :P you are learning baharatnatyam? i learnt it for three years in high school and then left it for studies...


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