"If you don't like Pohe, don't call yourself a proud Maharashtrian". I'm sure many of you will agree with this sentence. As far as my memory goes I must have eaten Pohe more than ten thousand times until now. It's a staple Maharashtrian breakfast item, a popular road side snack, which many people enjoy in almost all cities in Maharashtra. There are variations in making Pohe as some make Kanda Pohe (beaten rice with onions) & some make batata pohe (beaten rice with potatoes). Pohe is the quickest, simplest, easiest & healthiest option for breakfast or an evening snack. Often my non-marathi friends in Muscat used to come over to eat pohe at my place. Pohe are very easy to digest & goes very well with hot cup of tea. My mom often used to make kanda pohe. Here's her recipe.
- 2 cups Pohe (beaten rice)
- 1 large onion chopped
- 5-6 green chillis
- 8-10 curry leaves
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp tumeric powder
- Salt as per taste
- Sugar as per taste
- a Pinch of asafoetida
- Oil for cooking
- Juice of 1 lemon
- chopped coriander for garnishing
- Grated coconut for garnishing
- Heat oil , add mustard seeds, tumeric, asafoetida, green chillis, curry leaves & chopped onions
- stir until onions turn brown.
- Wash pohe with drinking water and keep it aside in a strainer until all water is drained out. Don't over wash it as it may become too mushy & break.
- Add the washed pohe and add salt, sugar & lime juice.
- Keep a lit and let it cook for 5-10 mins on a low flame
- Garnish with chopped coriander and grated coconut
- Serve hot.