Vegetable Oats Poha (Flattened Rice with Oats and Seasonal Veg)

I have shared some poha recipes before like ‘Mix-Vegetable Poha‘, ‘Kanda Poha‘ and ‘Chirer Pulao‘ (Bengali Style Poha). ‘Poha’ is a very popular breakfast option in India. It is very healthy and same time filling too. To make it healthier I have used Oats along with vegetables and peanuts. It was an experiment though, but it came out so well! I have used seasonal vegetables but you can use only potato and onion too. Here is the recipe of Vegetable Oats Poha …

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Ingredients:

  • 150 gms Flattened Rice or Beaten Rice (thick Poha)
  • 50 gms Regular Oats
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seed
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seed
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • ¼ cup Carrot – (Finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup Beans – (Finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup Cauliflower
  • ¼ cup Green Peas
  • 1 (Medium – finely chopped) Onion
  • 2 (Chopped) Green Chilies
  • 1 tsp Ginger – (Chopped)
  • A handful Peanuts
  • 2 tsps Raisins
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • To taste Salt
  • 2 tsps Lemon Juice – (Optional)
  • 2 – 3 Tbsps Oil
For garnish:
  • Chopped Coriander
  • Sev (Optional)

Steps:

  1. Place the poha in a colander and wash well under running water. Stir the poha gently by using your fingers while rinsing; otherwise it will become mushy at the time of cooking. Sprinkle turmeric powder mix well. Keep aside.
  2. Steam carrot, beans, cauliflower and peas.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan or a wok. Add the peanuts. Fry and keep aside.
  4. In the same oil splutter mustard seed and cumin seed. Add curry leaves.
  5. Add chopped onions and ginger. Sauté over medium heat till light brown in color.
  6. Once the onions are tender, add the blanched vegetables. Sauté very well.
  7. Now add oats, raisins, fried pea nuts, salt and sugar. Stir to combine.
  8. Finally add rinsed poha and sprinkle little water. Turn the heat on low. Cover for 2-3 minutes. Allow the oats and poha to cook in the steam along with the vegetables.
  9. Remove cover and gently stir the poha. You will notice the poha has puffed up slightly.
  10. At this stage, turn off the heat and sprinkle lemon juice.
  11. Stir in the juice from one lemon and the coriander leaves. Check the salt and seasonings, and adjust to suit your taste and serve.
  12. Garnish with chopped coriander and sev. Serve hot!
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