Mar 13, 2007

Need for spice

Do you experience the sudden urge to eat something spicy at times? I had this uncontrollable urge this evening, and we were out of snacks. There were no chips or spicy snacks in the house. And I had to, had to eat something I liked. So, off I went rattling my brain in search of something spicy and tangy.

I didn’t have to think too much. For a long time now, I had been meaning to make my favorite snack – Dadpe Pohe. This is a different kind of Maharashtrian snack. My mom used to make this for Sunday breakfast. My dad had this irritating habit of starting the TV for the 8o’clock Rangoli. I and my brother used to cover our heads with pillows. But, dad used to increase the volume. Finally, after many groans and complaints, we used to get up. Then the four of us used to have the normal discussion of what to make for breakfast. Now, my bro likes the normal batate pohe, but I would any day prefer dadpe pohe. So, after much cajoling I used to have my way and mom used to make dadpe pohe. I have to tell you that this dish is so easy to make and taste delicious. I used to gobble down at least 4-5 plates:-). Here’s the recipe for my favorite Sunday breakfast.

Dadpe Pohe

1.3 cups thin poha
2.1 medium onion
3.1 medium tomato
4.3-4 green chillies
5.1 cup grated coconut
6.1 tsp red chilli powder
7.½ tsp turmeric powder
8.¼ th tsp garam masala powder
9.½ cup groundnuts
10.1 tbsp lime juice
11.1 tsp cumin seeds
12.½ tsp mustard seeds
13.Pinch of asafoetida
14.Salt and sugar to taste
15.Oil for frying

1.Wash the poha. Finely chop the onion and tomato. Finely chop the green chillies.
2.Add the onion, tomato, and grated coconut to the poha.
3.Add sugar, salt, red chilli powder, and garam masala powder to the poha. Mix thoroughly.
4.Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin and mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter, add asafoetida, turmeric powder, and green chillies. Add the groundnuts and fry for some time.
5.Pour this mixture in the poha and mix thoroughly.
6.Add lime juice and mix again.

Verdict: Hubby had not eaten this poha before. When he tasted it, he found it similar to Bhel. He loved this snack. It’s a must try for all those who haven’t tasted it before. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare. Hope all of you try it and like it too!


Richa said...

hey, I've tried this at my friends place, never made it myself. I had lot of maharashtrian friends in college & loved eating at their house. I guess will be getting lot of such recipes from you :-)

Sia's corner said...

i make this quite often swapna. its like fast food for me:)

Mishmash ! said...

Aww...i have tasted this from a maharashtrian family ...was very tasty..a bit different though..she called it aloo poha and i made it too...quite healthy snack rt


Sam said...

Did I miss any step here? You didn't mention anything abt cookin the poha+onion+coconut mix ? Doesnt the onion n coconut w/poha need to be cooked... am sure raw onion wud taste...mhm. . not so pleasant ?

Swapna said...

Rucha, Supriya, and Shn: Thanks for your comments. Yes, this is a healthy snack.
Sam: You did not miss any step:). This poha does not require any cooking, unlike the other types of poha. Poha softens when you wash them and the raw onion adds a special flavor to the poha. One disadvantage is that you need to eat this poha when it is fresh, coz otherwise the onion smell becomes too strong.


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trupti said...

I made this after seeing Manasi's post...and I loved it! A nice change from the usual batata-pohe.

Nice pic. of you Swapna...and thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Glad you enjoy the music~


Aahaar Vihaar said...

Hi Swaps,
I usually have difficulty in deciding of what to make for evening snacks. This is a perfect evening snack to me. thanks.

Manasi said...

Hi, I made this too, a while ago! I love dadpe pohe, quick and easy!and when the urge to eat spicy, tangy... this hits the spot! my hubby has also started loving this snack!

Sharmi said...

I remember having this at a potluck.but I think they added Tarmarind too. This looks simple and good to me. Is this recipe of Karnataka? thanks for the wishes!!


Latha said...

Hey Swapna,
This sounds delicious! Never had this before. Poha is our regualr Sunday morning breakfast. Will give this a shot!

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