Saturday, March 24, 2012

Usal Poha

BM # 14   Day 2

I am a very early riser ,its only on Sundays that I like to laze a bit and so my gym time changes.While going to the gym  I pass two three cart wheelers selling poha.If the car window is open I get a beautiful aroma ….These cart wheelers are always crowded. One fine Sunday on my way back I decided to get these pohas.I told the vendor  to pack two portions.Then I saw a big pot on the stove,I wondered what this was… the meantime the vendor asked  if I wanted Usal Poha. Usal Poha?....Now this was new to me,so I decided to buy one of each.I got home and was keen to try this new dish… yummy.a little sweet,little tarty and quite spicy…with a crunch of farsaan and onions…...I simply loved the dish.What a wonderful deal for mere Rs 10/-.The vendor starts as early as 7a.m  and goes on till about mid noon. Truly an interseting blend of two traditional  dishes. Pohas from Madhya Pradesh and Usal from Maharashtra !

2cups ..............beaten rice / poha
1tbsp.............. oil
2........................finely chopped green chillies
Few curry leaves
½tsp......................  musturd seeds
¼ tsp...................... turmeric pwd
2tsp........................ lemon juice
2tsp........................ sugar
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves

Wash the poha 3-4 times in a seive.
Let dry for a few minutes.
Sprinkle salt ,sugar,turmeric pwd and lemon juice.
Mix well.
Heat oil.
Add musturd seeds,curry leaves and green chillies.
Add the spiced poha.
Mix well  and let simmer for a few minutes.
Add coriander.

1cup.......... white/green  peas(the dry variety) soaked and boiled
1tbsp......... oil
¼ tsp ..........cumin seed
½ tsp.......... red chilly pwd
½ tsp......... dhania –jeera pwd
¼ tsp......... black salt
To be made into a paste chilly
A bunch of coriander
Small piece ginger
2tbsp........ lemon juice

Heat oil.
Add cumin seed.Let crackle.
Add the paste and all the dry masalas.
Add the boiled peas.
Saute for a few minutes.
Add 1cup water.
Let boil for about 5 minutes.
Check the spices..if you want to make it hot add some red chilly pwd.

1.............onion finely chopped
1.............tomato finely chopped.
Coriander leaves
Mix all and keep for garnishing

Serving style
Place the poha in a bowl.
Pour the usal on these.
Sprinkle salad.
 Garnish with ratlaami sev or mixed spicy farsaan.
Sprinkle chaat masaala.
Squeeze lemon juice.
Serve hot.

The pohas should absorb the gravy of usal not put too much gravy otherwise they will be floating …which shall not taste as good.

sending these to Susan's MMLA  45  hosted by Girlchef ,Rasya's am the Star ,Love Lock Series hosted by Vardhini

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  1. Absolutely new to me and I love the way it's looking and sounding like chaat. Deliciously served and one more way for serving poha to my family who just wouldn't eat poha or upma.

  2. Wow.....I love the way you've described the dish.

  3. Wonderful & interesting recipe! I'm definitely gonna try this out :)

  4. wow awesome dear...luv it!

  5. looks interesting to me. usal is looking delicious

  6. This is a very interesting one.. have never heard of poha & we have bhel with usual combo though.. Should try this! :) & thanks for linking this to my event too!

    Ongoing Event : I'm The Star

  7. My mouth started watering just reading about the spicy combination of usal with good old poha. Sounds amazing. Will have to try this dish soon. Thanks for sharing.


  8. My mouth started watering just reading about the spicy combination of usal with good old poha. Sounds amazing. Will have to try this dish soon. Thanks for sharing.


  9. this sounds amazing...I've only had beaten rice (poha) in Tibetan restaurant in NY - never had the Indian version..this one is definitely bookmarked!

  10. Looks extremely inviting and thx for linking to the event.

  11. Hey vaishali, this is popularly known as Misal in is like a most sold snacks for breakfast here after vadapv, your pictures are lovely and you have made it well

  12. At the first shot I thought it was some bhel puri or some other chat.. but man its so healthy..

  13. Sounds very interesting Vaishali..good one!

  14. Hey my mouth is watering at the memories this post is reviving. I remember having this in school days on a trip. i do not remember where. Thanks.

  15. This is an interesting combo and i loved the description!!!!!

  16. Oh this looks 'melting in the knee' good! My mouth is really watering now :)))

  17. Oh my goodness - I REALLY, REALLY want to try this. It looks and sounds amazing. Bookmarked! Thank you for sharing it w/ MLLA this month =)

  18. Love chat anytime..Nice pic!!Gonna try this soon .

  19. Mouth-watering bowl there!!! Love that crunchy munchy sev on top!!!

  20. Lovely mouthwatering "Usal Poha". Nice treat after coming back from the Gym.

  21. Wonderful usal poha. Must try it out soon.

    Hema's Adugemane