Most Indians, especially children, enjoy eating flattened rice flakes, or poha. Veggie poha is a recipe that can be a great lunchbox idea, since it is packed with vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates.
In doing a veggie poha, you will need 2 cups medium or thick poha, 1 big chopped onion, 1 large diced potato or 2 small ones, 1 tomato, chopped, 3 cups chopped mixed veggies like a frozen combo of carrots, corn, peas, beans, and lima beans, 4 green chillies, split, 1 teaspoonful of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric, 1 tablespoonful of unsweetened grated coconut, ¼ cup toasted nuts ,½ teaspoonful of cumin seeds, ½ teaspoonful of mustard seeds, 1 tablespoonful of oil, some curry leaves, cilantro, and salt.
Place the cubed potatoes in a partially covered pan in the microwave with 2 tablespoonfuls of water. Cook it on high for 3 minutes or until done. Rinse the poha in a colander under running water, and then leave it to drain.
Heat the oil, and then add the mustard and cumin seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, add the chillies, onions, and curry leaves. As the onions cook, microwave the chopped tomato for 2 minutes or until pulpy. As the onions turns transparent, add the potatoes, turmeric, cooked tomato, and salt. Stir and add the drained poha, grated coconut, veggies, and nuts. Check the seasoning, remove the fire, and add cilantro and lemon juice.
Poha takes almost no time to cook and much easier to digest than rice. And don’t forget the nourishments the kids and adults could get in eating this simple, healthy dish.