Poha/Avalakki/Bajil recipe
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Poha or Avalakki or Bajil is a light tea time snack eaten mostly in western and south India
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-5
  • 2 peeled potatoes cubed
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 5 “as much as you can grab from the bin” handful’s of poha (My mums measurement)
  • Chopped green chillies to taste
  • Roasted groundnuts [ If you prepare this regularly, you can roast and store groundnuts to save time]
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • A few curry leaves if available (Not mandatory)
  • Turmeric
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste (optional)
  • A lime or lemon
  1. Get all your ingredients (except the lemon and groundnuts) together and chop them up separately keeping them ready to use.
  2. Cover the poha with water and gently run your fingers like a comb through it to clean it. Drain the water either using a colander or by holding a plate against the vessel while tipping it over the sink.
  3. If the groundnuts have not been roasted, roast them in a pan at this point. My mum has fried them as they cook faster, but I prefer not to. Keep them aside like the rest of the processed ingredients.
  4. In a little oil, add the chopped items (except the coriander leaves and lime). Also add turmeric and stir fry till the potatoes are cooked. You can choose to add salt at this point or can add it later.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the groundnuts and the coriander leaves and mix well.
  6. Now add the poha and salt, (if you didn’t add salt before) and mix well. Check if the salt is ok.
  7. Poha can also be made without turmeric and garnished with sugar and grated coconut
Mum also used to make a white poha (without turmeric) which used to be garnished with sugar and grated coconut
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Serving size: 4 - 5
Recipe by simplysimple.info at http://www.simplysimple.info/poha-avalakki-bajil/