(No) Labor Day Breakfast

I am all for relaxed, weekend brunches that involve a long, decadent meal (and some slogging over the stove) but when you get three days off in a row like this one, I inevitably turn towards easier, faster options after the fancy fare. No 'laboring' for me, thank you :-)

This is the savoury version of gulpohe. You can either make the cumin coriander powder fresh in a mortar and pestle or use readymade powders (if you are making breakfast in 7 minutes, you might as well make it in 5!).
Remember to be slightly heavy handed with the coconut and oil, it helps the poha soak all the flavors.


KALAILE PHOV (Spicy Mixed Poha)
(serves 2)
1 cup thin poha
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup coconut, grated
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 to 1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
salt and jaggery to taste
Seasoning -
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
6-8 curry leaves
Garnishing -
3 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped

Combine poha, coconut and onion in a plate. Sprinkle a few drop of water over poha (coconut water would be great). Season to taste and keep aside. In a large bowl mix spices.

Heat oil in a tadka pan and add mustard seeds. When they pop add curry leaves and saute on moderate heat till they turn crisp. Let cool slightly then add to spices. Mix well.

Next add poha and combine everything with your hands until evenly coated. If the mixture seems dry sprinkle some water to soften it. Top with cilantro, cover and set aside for 8-10 minutes. Serve with sev if you prefer.

* You can also add lemon juice to taste and some roasted peanuts for a crunch
* An even easier alternative is to use this (or any other mild) sambar powder instead of all the other spices



Blogger Shammi said...

Hi Ashwini, I have thin poha that goes very mushy if I soak it in water. I think it's what I should use for your recipe. But do you mean I should combine RAW poha (as in dry) with onion and coconut? Would appreciate your help! Thanks.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Suganya said...

If I have only thick poha, will it help if i soak it? The pan is a beauty. Where did u get it? BTW, did you get my email?

1:15 PM  
Blogger Pooja V said...

phov bare dista. I am in love with easy and fast cooking recipes, n this is one of such recipes.

1:40 PM  
Blogger FH said...

Looks great Ashwini.Yesterday, I made Avalakki Uppittu similar to that,no labor for me either!:)
I haven't checked any e mails so far,will do this weekend.still taking it easy.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Shyam - thin poha is never soaked in water. Use medium poha for the soaking+ draining method. For this recipe just mix coconut and onion with poha. The moisture is enough to soften the poha. Plus sprinkle a little water when mixing.

Suganya - yes you can though the taste will differ. Soak it, drain it and them combine with the masala. I got the mini pan in a Chinese store, thanks

Pooja - hey...tu goanche asa ni? How do they make it in Goa? I have had the sweet version there not the savory one.

Asha - glad to know you are back in the game! I promise I will send my entry soon.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Latha said...

Looks yumm Ashwini! So we dont cook the onions at all? You're picture looks like - some onions were cooked?...~confused :-)

4:02 PM  
Blogger Rajitha said...

ashwini.. what a healthy recipe..and i love the no cooking part except for tadka.. boy is it hot here!!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Latha - no cooking at all. I used a mix of pink and white onion which is why some might appear as if they are cooked

Rajitha - yes, this is a great dish for the temperatures we are facing

5:21 PM  
Blogger Mansi said...

great, now i know what to do with the thin poha bag my hubby got by mistake:)

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy breeze breakfast....I was thinking its like avalakki uppitu its much easier than that no cooking....Cool.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Nupur said...

Mmm...what a gorgeous dish and a gorgeous picture. Have to put thin poha on the shopping list.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Tee said...

No labor breakfast...I am all for it! :) Love your version of this dish...i make this slightly different. I will try your recipe next weekend :)

6:37 PM  
Blogger amna said...

lovely pic! and poha is so healthy that i always feel i shud have more if it and less of fried stuff for bfast

11:17 PM  
Blogger TheCooker said...

I had forgotten about this dish!
My mother's aunt used to make something similar using metkoot. It was delicious.
Your post reminded me of her and her pohe.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Coffee said...

OH!!! Its a no cook poha then! Am I right?? That sounds like a quick snack!. :)

1:58 AM  
Blogger Raaga said...

I love kalaila phovu :-)

3:34 AM  
Blogger Finla said...

I like this savoury one.
And i am all for a no cooking day.
I love cooking but sometime you just wantto have a break from it isn't it?

7:45 AM  
Blogger Bong Mom said...

That's a great title :)

8:05 AM  
Blogger TBC said...

I always use thick poha and wash it off & let the water drain off completely before using it.The very first time I made poha,I used thin poha and it turned ut to be one big gooey & mushy mass! A complete disaster.
You poha looks good. BTW, I too have the same pan:-)

9:37 AM  
Blogger bha said...

phohe looks nice ....my mom always use thin pohe and i just love when she makes them....from your recipe i can make them too...:)

12:23 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Mansi, Madhu - yes it's one of the easiest dishes ever

Nupur - Diwali is close so you can use leftover thin poha for chivda ;-)

Tee, Cooker - Maharashtrians make dadpe pohe right? I think they use methkoot sometimes like we use sambar powder. This is the Konkani version - kalaile translates to mixed by hand

Nags, Raaga, Sandeepa - thanks

Coffee - stricly no cooking allowed ;-)

HC - yes, even food bloggers need a break from cooking!!

TBC - medium and thick poha can be soaked and drained. Thin poha is never washed. In this dish coconut, onion and a little water is enough to soften it

12:28 PM  
Blogger Kumudha said...

Poha looks so tasty!

1:06 PM  
Blogger MR said...

I make poha very often never tried this way
very interesting
thanks for the recipe

1:32 AM  
Blogger SMN said...

Hi ashwini..

Nice blog liked the poha recipe..thnx for sharing..

11:38 AM  
Blogger Ketki said...

Hi Ashwini...\

Had a question...My mum wants to make sanzoris ...and she needs khoya....I dont have an Indian store closeby..was looking for a replacement for khoya..! Will Ricotta cheese do..???
Let me know..

10:28 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Hi Ketki - If I dont have khoya I usually microwave condensed milk with a teaspoon of ghee and yogurt until thick and granular. Ricotta cheese and milk powder also make a good substitute. See this link - http://www.bawarchi.com/features/feature5.html
Good luck!

5:10 PM  
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7:03 PM  
Blogger Nabeela said...

I finally got around to reading my RSS feeds....and just reached "F", and your blog popped up. I'm so glad you're back to updating your blog often....I just ADORE the pictures you take...such nice composition, such nice contrasting colors....*sigh*... perfect in short.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Mahek said...

you know we can this poha as dadpe pohe have you seen my post on it.
those pan? or vessel that you are using for the poha look so good . where did you get them and what are they made up of...

1:27 PM  
Blogger Manasi said...

Aha!! like dadpe pohe!!! I love this labour free snack!!!

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini, thank you soo much for this thin poha recipe.. i have a whole bag that i got by mistake and i mahe poha with it once (soaking/draining etc) and it was more like halwa and not poha..

4:12 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Nabs - where have you been dear?

Mahek - I think dadpe pohe uses methkoot right? I got the bowl in an Oriental store, thanks.

Mansi - there should be more dishes like these right?!!

Ridhi - been there too :-D Thin poha is never washed. Hope you like the dish

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your pictures are perfect, nice blog .By the way do you have the recipe for khottkhottem in konkani this is a kind of hard brown candy.I think it is prepared from jaggery.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Hi Vilma, thanks for your kind words. The khatkhate I know of is a vegetable stew (see recipe in the veg section).
I didnt know there was a similar sounding candy!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi....i dint knw wat to du wit thin poha..till i saw ur recipie...
tried it today...came out wonderful..


1:57 PM  
Blogger My Cuppa Tea said...

Nice work, Ashwini.. just chanced up on this today, when I was looking for a good sol kadi recipe. Will be back often!

8:59 AM  

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