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Poha, also known as flattened rice or beaten rice, is a popular and nutritious breakfast dish in India, particularly in the western states like Maharashtra and Gujarat. This light and flavorful dish is made from flattened rice flakes that are gently cooked with onions, potatoes, peanuts, and an assortment of spices.

The history of Poha dates back to ancient times when flattened rice was a convenient and nutritious food item, especially in regions with rice cultivation. Over time, it evolved into a versatile dish enjoyed as a breakfast staple or a light snack.

To prepare Poha, the flattened rice flakes are first rinsed briefly to soften them, then drained and set aside. In a pan, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves are tempered in oil to release their aromatic flavors. Chopped onions, green chilies, and potatoes are added and sautéed until tender. Turmeric powder, salt, and sugar are then added for seasoning, followed by the softened flattened rice flakes. The mixture is gently stirred to combine all the ingredients and heated through. Finally, fresh coriander leaves, lemon juice, and roasted peanuts are added as garnish and additional flavor.

Poha is enjoyed hot and is often served with a side of fresh coconut chutney, yogurt, or a wedge of lemon. It’s a comforting and nourishing dish that is not only delicious but also quick and easy to prepare, making it a favorite choice for busy mornings or lazy weekends.

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