Sunday, February 3, 2008

Mumra Wale Kanda Pohe | Puffed Rice Pohe | Poha

Pohe is an all-round favourite at breakfast on weekends or for a heavy tea. My current favourite is a recipe that I learnt from a friend but have tweaked to taste. This pohe is made not with Pohe Rice (flattened rice) but with Mumra or Puffed Rice. It has a different and unique flavour and texture. But I found that the puffed rice absorbed the flavours better than the flattened rice. Also it retained a moisture and softness that pohe rice tends to lose if not served immediately. This recipe of Mumra Wale Kanda Pohe is for Jhiva for Ingredients: Onions, which this time has been hosted by Radhika of Radhi's Kitchen.

6 cups Mumra (Puffed Rice)
2 tbsp oil
2 large onions, sliced finely
2 green chillies, slit
6-8 kari patta (curry leaves)
1/2 tsp rai (mustard seeds)
1/2 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
1/2 tsp lal kirch (red chilli powder)
Salt, to taste
1/2 cup peanuts

  1. Take 2 cups of Mumra in a large bowl. Pour enough tap water over the Mumra to soak them through. You may have to use your hands to push the Mumra under the water. Allow to soak for 1-2 minutes until they lose their crispness and become soft. Taking one handful at a time, squeeze the water out of the Mumra completely. The Mumra should not retain any water yet hold its shape at this point. Spread out in a large colander.
  2. Repeat this until all the Mumra are in the colander.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan. To this, add the mustard seeds, and when they pop add the cumin, curry leaves, sliced onions, peanuts, and green chillies. Cook on medium heat until the onions become transparent.
  4. Now add the prepared Mumra, turmeric, red chilli powder, and salt to taste. Stir in the spices so that all the ingredients are blended well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove the cover of the pan, stir, and keep on the heat until the Mumra is completely cooked - about 5 minutes.
Enjoy Mumra Wale Kanda Pohe hot with a squeeze of fresh lime and your favourite pickle!

Vegan Recipe

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  1. That looks delicious! I have never cooked with puffy rice.

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