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Microwave Poha ~ a quick breakfast / snack

Jan 05, 2013         10 comments.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say “Poha is the best snack you’ll ever have.” Many people would disagree. But then again, I say that about almost every dish; which is probably why I’ll never be a food critic. The idea of criticizing food is appalling. (I know that’s not all food critics do. I’m just merely saying I cannot analyze food that way.) Every dish has some cons and many pros. I tend to concentrate on the pros. Poha, which is a snack made with flattened rice happens to have a check in all the pros. 🙂

This is also one of the quickest meal you could make for yourself. Every time I’m hungry, I opt for a quick Poha rather than a sandwich not only because of it’s higher nutrition value but also because I love it more than a piece of bread. Having a Microwave makes the job much easier; if you can get over the fact that Microwave cooking isn’t as healthy as cooking on a flame. However, I make it this way only when I’m really pressed for time. I will post the recipe for the traditional method for cooking Poha soon.

For now, keep your Microwaves ready. 😛

Before we begin, you need to know a little about Flattened Rice. Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain.

Depending on the thickness of your beaten rice (poha), the amount of water and/or soaking time would vary. If it is really thin, you wouldn’t need a whole lot of liquid or time to make the rice flakes soft. Experiment with a little bit first. What you’re looking for is for the Poha to become sot & swell. DO not soak in water for it may become soggy. Your best option is to sprinkle water little by little until the desired consistency is reached. Since my Poha is really thin, I do it at last. If yours needs time to swell, put water on it in the beginning. Once you have nailed that, the rest is a breeze!

In a Microwave safe bowl, add oil & heat for 1 minute at full power.

Add the black mustard & cumin seeds. Mix & Microwave for 1 minute. The seeds will start to crackle.

Add chopped green chilli & curry leaves. Microwave for 1 minute.

Add chopped onions

Add turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida & a pinch of sugar

Mix well

Microwave for 2 minutes or until the onions are tender & translucent

Meanwhile… Sprinkle water on the thin rice flakes to make it soft.

Squeeze some lemon juice

Mix well & keep the Poha soft & moist. Sprinkle water if it dries out.

Take the microwave bowl out.

Add the softened Poha to it.

With a wooden spoon or hand (if you can manage), mix the Poha well with the onion mixture without smashing it. taste & adjust for salt.

Add chopped coriander, mix well & Microwave for 1 more minute.

Serve hot. (you could garnish with some fresh grated coconut. But I never do)

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Microwave Poha


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Thin Flattened Rice (poha) (whatever kind you use, cook it acordingly)
  • 1 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 1/2 cup cooked & mashed Potatoes (optional)
  • 1 finely chopped Green Chilli (remove seeds to make less spicy)
  • 1 TBsp chopped Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida (Hing) (skip if unavailable)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon (for the juice)
  • 1 TBsp chopped Coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp freshly grated Coconut (for garnish) (optional)

Instructions

About cooking the Poha

  1. Depending on the thickness of your beaten rice (poha), the amount of water and/or soaking time would vary. If it is really thin, you wouldn’t need a whole lot of liquid or time to make the rice flakes soft. Experiment with a little bit first. What you’re looking for is for the Poha to become sot & swell. DO not soak in water for it may become soggy. Your best option is to sprinkle water little by little until the desired consistency is reached. Since my Poha is really thin, I do it at last. If yours needs time to swell, put water on it in the beginning. Once you have nailed that, the rest is a breeze!

Actual cooking

  1. In a Microwave safe bowl, add oil & heat for 1 minute at full power.
  2. Add the black mustard & cumin seeds. Mix & Microwave for 1 minute. The seeds will start to crackle.
  3. Add chopped green chilli & curry leaves. Microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Add chopped onions
  5. Add turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida(hing) & a pinch of sugar & Mix well
  6. Microwave for 2 minutes or until the onions are tender & translucent.
  7. You can add mashed potatoes, mix & microwave for 1 minute. (optional)
  8. Meanwhile… Sprinkle water on the thin rice flakes to make it soft.
  9. Squeeze some lemon juice
  10. Mix well & keep the Poha soft & moist. Sprinkle water if it dries out.
  11. Take the microwave bowl out & Add the softened Poha to it.
  12. With a wooden spoon or hand (if you can manage), mix the Poha well with the onion mixture without smashing it. taste & adjust for salt.
  13. Add chopped coriander, mix well & Microwave for 1 more minute.
  14. Serve hot. (you could garnish with some fresh grated coconut. But I never do)

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Maharashtrian





10 Comments on “Microwave Poha ~ a quick breakfast / snack

      1. thanks for the reply.
        i did make poha few days back..turned out to be good..but i tried making sabudana khicadi today and it wasnt satisfactory..can u dish out any tips?

          1. thanks for taking the trouble to reply kavitha ji…i’ll check out the link…thanks..being a guy i prefer only microwave recipes lol…have just started to use it since last week..

  1. Ha kavi u made poha in oven heheh this is too good. i keep lookin for things to cook in oven.. someppl say too much microwave cooking is no good i dnt knw tht bt at times its good to try smthing diff. poha looks yummy

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