Vegetable Poha is popular and healthy Indian breakfast dish made with flattened rice and lots of vegetables. From as long as I can remember vegetable poha been a comfort breakfast or sometimes just a small portion of poha with evening tea was served as a part of Indian chai Nashta, especially during the weekends.
Having grown up in the interior of Haryana. how poha or Pohe as it is known in MP became an integral part of our comfort breakfast is an interesting story. When we were Kids, my Mama (maternal Uncle) visited Indore on a work trip where Pohe is a very common breakfast. During that time he fell in the love with a Girl and she cooked a very delicious (but uncommon for us) breakfast of pohe for him. So. he brought back more than just a love story, Yes he got for us some food stories as well 🙂 and some flattened rice with a recipe.
So as a novel dish most of the family members tried it and we fell in love with ‘Aloo poha’ immediately. The girl (now my Aunt) had already won hearts of elders and she was already accepted as a family member by Nana Ji (maternal Grandfather). Needless to say, our love affair with Poha continued.
I always have loved traditional version of aloo poha in which fried potatoes and lots of peanuts are added to the soaked poha or flattened rice. But now after 4 decades of life and a very slow metabolism later, I needed some changes in diet and lifestyle patterns so the portion size, quality of nutrition and calorie count all have started to matter.
So potatoes in the vegetable poha were replaced by more vegetables. Adding vegetables in place of potatoes reduces the calories value, brings into more acceptable Glycemic Index range and bulks up the recipe in a way that you end up using less quantity of flattened rice and still feel full. And moreover, I replaced the white rice poha with red rice poha which is more nutritious has more antioxidants and fiber because it is unpolished.
So, what could be a better situation when your comfort breakfast of poha now becomes vegetable poha in it’s healthier version, so you can enjoy it in a guilt-free manner.
SO here’s I have shared the quick Video of Vegetable Poha Recipe as well as written recipe of this easy Indian breakfast of vegetable Poha.
Tips for Making Good Poha dish
- Always soak Poha for few minutes before using it.
- Even rinsing it in water and draining all the water immediately and keeping the washed poha softens and gives you incredibly soft poha dish where green stay separated and yet remain soft.
- Chop the vegetables in fine texture so it blends well with soft poha.
- Use medium thick poha/flattened rice so grains remain soft and separated. Too thin results in too much mushiness and thick variety sometimes remains undercooked.
How To Make Vegetable Poha
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