Each of the different sects in India have their own version of the first meeting of an arranged marriage. You know the “ladki dekhne jaana hain” procedure 🙂 Well in maharashtra, its known as the “kaande pohe” time. During this first meeting, apparently the girl is supposed to prepare and serve kaande pohe to her future husband and in-laws (if things work out that is …) I bet, no girl ever makes it anymore, its the mom who does it all anyways … well I bet people go through this anymore … but that doesnt mean that the importance of kaande pohe in a maharashtrian’s life has lessened. Never!
Its the best breakfast food Ive ever eaten. With most of my friends at college being maharashtrian, I have helped myself to multiple helpings of pohe at all of my friends places 🙂 🙂 You know how moms are, no matter, who it is, they just want to feed, feed and then feed some more .. 😀 Thank god for making them that way!
So when Shotgun (thats what I call her, she has a perfectly nice name) was visiting us in Chicago this weekend, I decided to give her a taste of her own style of food. She was quite surprised that I was following a recipe for it. Its pretty basic … so here’s how I made it. I’m sure I wont need a recipe page anymore for this one 🙂
3 cups of thick poha (rice flakes)
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 green chilli
1 medium onion – finely chopped
1 medium potato – cuboid pieces
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tblsp cumin coriander powder
1 pinch turmeric
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1. Wash the pohe in running cold water and drain the water completely. Leave them in the colander and add a pinch of turmeric, the red chilli powder and cumin-coriander powder and toss. Set aside for 5-7 minutes
2. In a microwave safe bowl, place the chopped potato pieces in some water and microwave for 7 minutes. That will just about cook it a little bit. Rest of the cooking will be on the flame.
3. In a pot, heat some oil, add the cumin and mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the onion and chilli and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add the potato pieces and cook for 5 minutes.
5. Now add the drained spiced poha mixture from the colander.
6. Stir well and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes
7. Adjust spices – Add a dash of lemon if you like
8. Serve with a garnish of coconut