Batata Poha, also known as Kanda Batata Poha, is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast dish made from flattened rice (poha) cooked with potatoes (batata) and various spices. It’s a delicious and flavorful dish that’s easy to prepare and is often enjoyed as a light and nutritious meal.
Here’s a basic recipe for making Batata Poha in the Maharashtrian style:
- 2 cups thick poha (flattened rice)
- 1 large potato, peeled and diced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1-2 green chilies, chopped (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- 8-10 curry leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- Sugar to taste
- Lemon juice, to taste
- Chopped coriander leaves, for garnishing
- Oil, for cooking
- Begin by rinsing the poha thoroughly under cold water until it becomes soft. Drain well and set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan or kadhai over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
- Add asafoetida, curry leaves, and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute until aromatic.
- Add the diced potatoes to the pan. Sprinkle a little salt and turmeric powder. Mix well, cover the pan, and cook the potatoes until they are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Once the potatoes are cooked, add the chopped onions. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
- Now, add the rinsed and drained poha to the pan. Gently mix everything together.
- Season with salt and a little sugar to balance the flavors. Be careful not to add too much sugar; it’s meant to enhance the taste, not make it sweet.
- Cover the pan and let the poha cook for a few minutes on low heat, allowing the flavors to meld.
- Remove the lid and give the poha a gentle stir. Taste and adjust the salt, sugar, and spice levels as needed.
- Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to brighten the flavors. Mix well.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
- Serve the Batata Poha hot as a breakfast dish or a light meal. It’s often accompanied by a side of chutney, yogurt, or even a cup of tea.
Remember that this is a basic recipe, and you can always personalize it by adding ingredients like peanuts, grated coconut, or even some chopped tomatoes. Enjoy your delicious and aromatic Maharashtrian-style Batata Poha!