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Poha with Mustard Seeds

6 Sep

Ava Atukulu

Thick poha / flattened rice is washed and soaked in freshly extracted tamarind juice. It is then briefly cooked in oil along with whole spices. Finally the poha is finished with powdered mustard seeds. Serve poha with mustard seeds as a breakfast or as a snack.
Makes: a Cup of Poha with Mustard Seeds.


Thick Poha 1 Cup
Tamarind 2 inch Piece
Green Chiles 2
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Soak tamarind in around quarter cup of water and extract all the juice.
Remove stems, wash and chop the green chiles.
Wash and poha and strain it.

Soak poha in tamarind water for around 10 minutes or until poha is soft and fluffy.
Add more water to soak the poha if necessary.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped green chiles.
Fry for few seconds, add the poha.
Stir well and let it cook for few seconds.
Remove the pan from heat, stir in ground mustard seeds powder.
Serve poha with mustard seeds as a breakfast or as a snack.
Notes: Make sure poha is soaked well.

Suggestions: If poha is not soaked well, sprinkle water on the poha to make it soft. If poha is over soaked, spread and let it dry for few minutes.
Variations: Check other recipes with poha here.
Other Names: Poha with Mustard Seeds, Ava Atukulu.