Who says only Maggie can bring the taste of different states? 🙈😜😛 Here’s my take at Poha which as I’m sure many of you already know, is a popular breakfast in the central part of India (i.e. majorly Madhya Pradesh state in India).
As in if you visit any city in Madhya Pradesh (MP), let’s say Bhopal, Indore or Ujjain, stalls of Poha-Jalebi in the morning time is a very common view. It’s what you can call a staple breakfast of theirs hands-down (like 2-3 times a week for sure).
But when this UP (short for Uttar Pradesh state) gal felt like this strong urge to eat something healthy yet with a lot of UP flavors in it (which essentially means spicy & some potatoes 😋), this is as good as it gets haha!
Ok, so nothing fancy here, this breakfast recipe had a very basic prep and is very light too. Adding veggies of your choice, you can always enhance its nutritional quotient and make it more healthy. That’s always an option based on what veggies you got in your fridge and what flavors you want to enjoy 🙂
For mine, I wanted to have it loaded with as many veggies as I could so here goes the snapshot recipe for making Poha in UP style:
Put 2 tbsp of mustard oil to heat, to it few mustard seeds until they crackle, 1 chopped onion +1 chili🌶 finely diced and sauteed for a min then put in some chopped carrot, capsicum to the mix (also, some peas after sometime). I wanted to have potatoes so I also added 1 boiled 🥔 to it too. You can always deep fry the potato and then add but given the choice between the two, I would say make a healthier one. Next, add in the basic spices ie. 1/4 tbsp of red chili powder & turmeric powder and as always, salt to taste.
Traditionally, a little sugar is added to the mix too but since I wanted peas & they already have a little sweetness to them, so I didn’t put in sugar (+ this makes it more healthy). And finally, add the soaked and rinsed Poha & voila!
A little tweak that I made was that I replaced the crackling fried peanuts (that’s like a part of any basic poha recipe) with a little sauteed peas because I really enjoy the sweet gentleness of peas more than the crunch of the 🥜.
And that’s it! Until next, Tada🙋🏻♀️