Poha is a popular Indian breakfast dish made with flattened rice flakes. Here’s a simple recipe to make poha:

2 cups poha (flattened rice flakes)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped
1 small potato, peeled and cubed (optional)
1/4 cup peanuts
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
8-10 curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon oil
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (for garnish)
Lemon wedges (for serving)
Rinse the poha in water for a minute or two, then drain and set aside. Make sure not to soak the poha for too long, as it can become mushy. Heat oil in a pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter. Add the peanuts to the pan and fry them until they turn golden brown. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, add the chopped onions, green chilies, and curry leaves. Sauté until the onions become translucent. If using potatoes, add the cubed potatoes to the pan and cook until they are tender. You can parboil the potatoes beforehand to reduce cooking time. Add turmeric powder and salt to the pan. Mix well to coat the ingredients evenly. Reduce the heat to low and add the rinsed poha to the pan. Gently mix everything together, ensuring that the poha is coated with the turmeric mixture. Be careful not to break the poha flakes. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.Once the poha is cooked, turn off the heat. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and fried peanuts. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice on top. Poha can be enjoyed on its own or accompanied by a cup of tea. That’s it! Your delicious poha is ready to be enjoyed. Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other vegetables like peas, carrots, or bell peppers to enhance the flavors.

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