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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Roasted poha chivda in microwave.

I have been trying to use my microwave for cooking. Towards this end, I had made this roasted poha chivda in the microwave. This roasted poha chivda is a boon for my community as we are Vaishnavas .We can eat this poha chivda for breakfast, lunch , snack & dinner. It is allowed in our sect. Sudama had given poha to Krishna as gift. And so we relish this gift of poha.

Whenever, there is a function  such as a puja or even during fast, we can consume this poha without any reservations. It is allowed to eat this poha during fasting & before any religious function &  socio religious functions.

Even plain poha ( both thick & thin varieties) & dahi can be mixed. Add a little vagar of kadipattas, byadgi mirchi, hari mirch, urad dal & hing.And  maybe, some grated fresh veggies like cucumbers, carrots, a few anardana, grated raw mango & it makes a cool nashta ! Remember to add salt to taste  as well.It is sumptuous.

I have followed Tarla Dalal's recipe while making this. There are other versions as well.

Ingredients : 1/4 kg thin poha, 2-3 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp peanuts, 2 tbsp daalia, 1/4 tsp hing, 1/4 tsp haldi, 1 tsp mustard seeds, , 1 tsp til ( optional ) , 1-2 green chillies finely chopped,1/2 -1 tsp sugar, salt to taste.

Method : Roast til on slow flame of gas in a kadhai or tawa .Very soon ,they will crackle. Put off gas. Keep aside.

In a shallow microwave able vessel , take the poha & microwave on high for 1 minutes.Take out the bowl with poha aside.

In a shallow microwave able vessel , take 2-3 tbsp oil & put mustard seeds .Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Put off microwave. To the mustard seeds ,add peanuts, daalia, chopped green chillies, dry byadgi mirchis ( optional - roughly broken into bits ) ,kadipattas, haldi & hing. Microwave on high for 1.minute.After a gap of 3/4 minutes, mix all ingredients inside bowl & microwave again for another minute.

Mix the poha & the oil mix together nicely. Add roasted til.Add salt & sugar to poha mix.Mix nicely. Microwave on high for 1 more minute. Poha chivda is ready !

Notes : 
I roasted til on gas as I was not sure about how much time is need to dry roast the til in microwave. A

Byadgi lal mirchi broken into 2-3 pieces can added to vagar if needed. Byadgi mirchi is hardly pungent & yet adds on to the taste.

I did not have sookha khopra ( dry coconut ) .So, did not add it. Flakes of dry khopra are a common item in roasted chivda.Likewise, even kismis & cashews can be added to make this chivda rich !

Please add salt very carefully as poha has an inherent salt content.

The day,I made this poha,I mixed it with chopped capsicum & grated carrots & had my evening snack.Even finely chopped onions, grated cucumber, raw mango ( kairi ) or few drops of lemon juice  can be added. Garnish with fresh dessicated coconut & hara dhania & it makes for chatpata snack.

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