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Mar 4, 2014

Aloo Poha

Poha or aval upma a common breakfast dish of west as well as south is prepared in various ways to bring in a twist to the plain one.  An ingredient when added or left out brings in a change in flavour as well as taste to the dish.

Sharing with you a recipe which use potato and is commonly known as 'Aloo Poha' in the western region of India. I slice them thin to reduce the cooking time.


This can be prepared either with or without onion and tomatoes, but tastes good in whatever combo you prepare.

You will need :-

  1. Thick Flattened Rice - 1 cup (Jada poha / Getti avil)
  2. Poatao - 1 Medium size
  3. Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
  4. Onion - 1no. (optional)
  5. Tomato - 1no. (optional)
  6. Ginger - 1/2" piece
  7. Green chilli - 2 No. (or as preferred)
  8. Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  9. Asafoetida Powder - 1 pinch
  10. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Oil - 2 tbsp
  13. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  14. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  15. Lemon juice -  juiceof half lemon

Soaking the Flattened Rice:-

  • There are two varities of Poha (flattened rice) viz white and red one. Red one is more healthier. These two varities are of two types. Thin variety and thick variety.  

  • Put the poha on a sieve or soup strainer, show under running tap by mixing gently with your hands. This serves two purpose. One, it gets washed nicely. Second, the moisture absorbed will help soaking the flattened rice (poha). 
  • Keep the seive aside for 3 minutes. 
  • If required, you may repeat the process of showing it under running water again and place it for 5 minutes. 
  • If you are using thin variety then show it under running tap only once.
  • While the flatened rice is getting ready, let us prepare the vegetables for the dish.
  • Finely slice the potatoes (cut the potato into half. then again cut each piece into two. now slice them)

  •  Heat oil, add mustard seeds. When it start spluttering, add Cumin seeds. After the cumin seeds splutter, add curry leaves. 
  • Then add sliced Potatoes and fry till it is 3/4th done
  •  Add finely chopped Onion, Ginger and Green chilli. Fry till it becomes translucent
  •  Add finely chopped Tomatoes and fry till they become mushy
  •  Add Turmeric powder, salt, finely chopped coriander leaves, mix well
  •  Add the soaked Flattened Rice (poha) and mix well
  • Lower the flame and let it stand for two minutes. 
  • Switch off the stove and let it stand for 5 more minutes
  • Open, add the lemon juice, mix well and serve hot
Serving idea :- You may sprinkle some sev, fried groundnut on top or use the fried groundnut while tempering.







Rava Idiyappam - quick and easy semolina string hopper

The recipe sounded interesting when a friend shared this recipe. Gave it a try and it came out excellent! unlike the usual rice idiyappam (rice string hoppers), this one absolutely require the least amount of labour.  The friend is non other than Chitra Viswanathan lovingly known and called as CV

An excellent dish for a breakfast or evening tiffin when you want to cook in a jiffy or to entertain your unexpected sudden arrival of guests.  No soaking, No Grinding, No hard labour, No Blunders!!!

A best recipe when you feel lazy to cook for yourself.

Rava Idiyappam / Semolina String Hoppers / Rava Seviyan!!!

The recipe is so yummy that even the two 'happy buddhas' are doing a hip hip hurray by raising their hand happily!



You will need :-

  1. Rava - 1 Cup (go for chiroti / fine rava)
  2. Water - 1 Cup
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Oil - 1 tsp
  5. Chakli press with sev mould (murukku achchu with omapodi thattu)
  6. Steamer (I used a idli steamer)
Procedure :-

  • Boil 1 cup water (Please note Boiling hot. Not just hot)
  •  Put rava / semolina in a big mixing bowl, add salt, mix well.
  • Add boiling water to the rava and mix it quickly with a spoon till it becomes a thick dough.
  • Add a tsp of oil and mix it again. 
  • Place the idli steamer with water on the stove. while it is heated up let us get into pressing process.
  • Grease the idli plates applying little oil 
chakli mould with different plates. the last one on the right with many tiny holes is used in this recipe

  • Take the chakli mould, put a lump of dough into it. Presse it (with no effort!) over the greased plates into each depression in a idli plate.
  • Steam for 5 minutes.

  • Yummy, Jiffy idiyappam / ravai sevai ready!
 Serving suggestion :-

  1. sprinkle some grated coconut and sugar on top and have
  2. have with coconut milk sweetened with sugar
  3.  Have with kadalai curry
  4. Have with Peas Curry

Note :-

  1. You can use roasted rava for this recipe.
  2. If the water is not boiling hot, it may not turn out the way it has to be.
  3. Mix till you get the dough otherwise when you press, it may not comes like a string.




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