Corn Poha (Flattened rice with Corn)

‘Poha’ or flattened rice is a very popular breakfast option in India specially in Maharashtra & Gujarat. In Gujarat, they like to add sugar in poha, as they like the taste of poha a little sweet but in Maharashtra it is normally savoury in taste. I had a packet of frozen corn in my refrigerator for a long period of time, I had made some Corn Cutlets and with the rest I made this Corn Poha. I was not at all sure, how the outcome will be… but it turned out really well. You can add other vegetables like beans and peas also. Here goes the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Poha or Flattened Rice – 200 gms (Thick Variety)
  • Corn – ½ cup
  • Carrot – ¼ cup (Cut into small cubes)
  • Potato – ¼ cup (Cut into small cubes)
  • Green Chilli – 2-3 (Slitted)
  • Rai or Mustard Seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Ginger Paste – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Hing or Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Coriander Leaves – 2-3 Tbsp (Chopped)

Steps:

  1. Soak poha for a while. Then drain out the excess water and spread on a colander.
  2. Sprinkle turmeric powder and ½ tsp salt on soaked poha. Mix with the help of a spoon or fork.
  3. Blanch potato, carrot and corn. If you are taking frozen corn then blanch them, but if you are using fresh corn then boil them. Keep everything aside.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai or pan. Temper the oil with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, slit green chilli and hing.
  5. When aromatic add potato. Cook for a while.
  6. Next add ginger paste, carrot and corn. Mix everything together. Add ½ tsp salt.
  7. Add a splash of water and cook with the lid on.
  8. Next add soaked poha. Mix very well. Cover and cook for few minutes with the lid on.
  9. Remove from heat add lemon juice and chopped coriander.
  10. Serve hot with a cup of tea.

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