A staple in Indian home cooking
If you’re looking for a standout savory breakfast, look no further. In my “5 Countries Tell Us What They Have for Breakfast” series, I was happy to share this Indian dish called poha, or shaved rice cereal. Poha was one of the first Indian dishes I learned to make myself, and I have since made it many times. I truly enjoy the refreshing flavors and simplicity of the cooking process.
This recipe comes from Misha, who is from Kanpur, India. The term “poha” translates to flattened rice, the main ingredient in this recipe. It does not require many spices, unlike many other Indian recipes, and it gets its yellow color from turmeric. Poha originated in the city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, but nearly all states have their own recreations of this savory breakfast. Due to work, Misha’s family usually doesn’t get to enjoy breakfast together on weekdays. So, on Sundays, Misha shops for the ingredients, her grandmother makes the chutney, and her mom cooks the dish. Teamwork makes the dream work!
My poha was delicious. The salty, tangy, sour, and somewhat spicy final product is the perfect way to wake up your tongue in the morning! Although not many spices are involved, the flavors are very complex. I have a feeling curry leaves will become your best friend after you try this dish. Misha likes to top it off with roasted peanuts, chopped coriander, and the juice from half a lemon. I think these additions boast added freshness and texture!
I truly believe this is one of the best savory breakfasts out there. As Misha tells us, making and eating poha together is what makes it so special. So, enjoy the cooking and eating processes with your loved ones, and let us know how you like it!
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