Monday, September 3, 2018

Instant Poha Mix

Instant Poha Mix is a recipe which will help you get your breakfast ready in just 5 minutes!! These days market is flooded with so many Instant mix packs like Instant Upma, Instant Dosa, Instant Idli etc but we really don't need to purchase them as these mixes can be easily prepared at home and that too preservative/additive free.

Few days back I had shared the recipe for Instant Upma mix which was much liked by everyone. You can check out its recipe here. Such recipes are of great use for someone who is novice in cooking or really does not have much time for preparing elaborate meals. These mixes are can be given to students living in hostels or PGs as all you require is hot boiling water to get them ready to eat. It is great for carrying while travelling also. 

As said in a famous English proverb "Necessity is the mother of invention", my quest for these instant mixes started after my brother went abroad for higher studies. Before leaving India, we taught him some basic recipes like Dal, chapati, potato sabzi but he never had that kind of time to shop for groceries or for cooking. He always relied on Ready-To-Eat packets or store bought Instant mixes. So, me and my mother decided to do little bit research on these mixes and prepare them at home as daily consumption of preservatives and artificial additives is definitely not good for health. Moreover you can always customize them as per your own requirement like if you are allergic to nuts you can skip them or adjust the level of spices as per your own taste etc.

This Instant Poha Mix can be prepared in bulk and whenever you want to prepare poha you just need some hot water. It can be prepared in microwave oven or in a pan on flame also. One important thing you have to take care while preparing the mix is to use "THICK POHA". I have shared one recipe for Roasted Poha Namkeen also which makes use of thin poha specifically. You can check out its recipe here.

Hope you would like this Instant Poha mix recipe!! 

List of Ingredients:

  • Poha (Thick) - 2 cups
  • Cooking Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Peanuts-1/4 cup
  • Chopped Cashews-1/4 cup
  • Chopped green chillies-2
  • Curry Leaves-12 to15
  • Mustard Seeds- 2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder-(1+1/2) tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 3/4 tsp
  • Amchoor powder (Mango powder)- 3/4 tsp
  • Sugar-1 tsp

Steps To Prepare:

Hand pick the impurities from Poha and sieve it. This step is necessary as we are not washing the poha. Heat a non stick or heavy bottomed pan and roast the poha on medium flame till it become crunchy and slightly changes its colour. 

Keep the roasted poha aside in a plate or bowl.

Heat cooking oil in the same pan. On low flame, roast peanuts and cashews till they become golden  brown in colour.

Add chopped green chillies to it and stir for 10-15 seconds. Then, add curry leaves and stir for another 15 seconds.

Add mustard seeds to the pan. When the seeds begin to crackle, add turmeric powder and chilli powder. Stir for few seconds.

Add the roasted poha to this spice mixture. Add salt, amchoor (mango) powder and sugar to it. Toss the pan gently so that all ingredients are mixed evenly. You can even use spatula or spoon but be gentle as we don't want the poha to break into pieces. Switch off the flame.

Leave this poha mixture in the same pan to cool completely. Once the mixture is cooled, store it in an airtight container. This can be easily stored for upto two months. Instant Poha mix is ready to use. 

Instant Poha Mix

Preparing fresh Poha using this Instant Poha mix

Whenever you want to prepare poha for your breakfast or for snack time, take the required quantity of  instant poha mix in a small airtight bowl. 

Fill it up with hot boiling water such that the water is just little above the poha mix. Close the lid for 3-4 minutes. After opening the lid, fluff it with the help of a fork. I have used Borosil Klip & Store container. You can check out its size, price and other specifications by clicking here.

Fresh steaming hot poha is ready!! You can sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves or lemon juice over it. Sautéed Onion/Veggies/boiled potatoes can be added in the bowl before filling it with hot water. You can even prepare this poha in a pan (on flame) using similar steps. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Roasted Ragi Flakes Chivda

Ragi, Nachni or "Finger Millet" as called in English has become quite popular these days among people because of its various health benefits. Though it was consumed in ancient times also (especially in South India), however it has recently been popularized again as it is gluten free and helps in weight loss.

It is a rich source of fibre packed with Vitamin D, amino acids and calcium. Many nutritionists consider it to be one of the healthiest grains and beneficial especially for diabetic patients. These days Ragi is available in market in form of flour, cookies, crackers and even flakes. Many people even make ladoos, dosa or porridge using it. In itself Ragi does not have any taste of its own but you get a nice nutty flavour on roasting it. 

In one of my earlier post, I had shared the method of making Roasted Poha Chiwda. I tried making Ragi Chiwda on similar lines using ragi flakes and got perfectly crunchy delicious chiwda. I have used here "Health Sutra" brand Ragi flakes/Poha which I bought from Big basket. You can even buy it from Amazon

"Health Sutra" Ragi Poha/Flakes
Roasted Ragi Chivda is a perfect non-fried snack which you can enjoy without any guilt. The combination of roasted ragi flakes, crunchy peanuts, rich cashews, sweet raisins with curry leaves seasoning is perfect to go with your favourite cup of tea or coffee. You can even carry it with you while travelling as it makes you feel fuller for a longer time because of its rich fibre content. It is made using just one teaspoon of oil. You can use any cooking oil or olive oil and even ghee. The spices can be adjusted as per your own taste. I have used mango powder along with raisins here as it gives a sweet sour flavour to the mixture. Adding mango powder is totally optional.

Hope you would like this Roasted Ragi Flakes Chivda recipe!! :)  Would love to hear your feedback in comments section below.

List of Ingredients:

  • Ragi (Finger Millet) Flakes- 1&1/2 cups
  • Dried Curry Leaves - 10 to 12
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Peanuts-1/4 cup
  • Cashew Nuts-1/4 cup
  • Raisins-1/4 cup
  • Salt- To taste
  • Sugar-1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder/Black Pepper-1/2 tsp
  • Mango powder-1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Olive Oil/Ghee/Cooking oil-1 tbsp

Steps To Prepare:

Heat a heavy bottomed or non-stick pan. Add Ragi Flakes to it. Roast it for 2-3 minutes till the flakes become crispy and slightly puffed. Keep these roasted ragi flakes aside.

In the same pan, heat oil. Add peanuts and cashews to it . Let them fry on low flame till they become slightly golden in colour. In case you are using fresh curry leaves add them at this step so that they get roasted properly along with nuts.

Add mustard seeds and dried curry leaves to it. Sauté them till the mustard seeds start to splutter.

Add roasted ragi flakes to it. Switch off the flame. Finally add raisins, salt, sugar, mango powder and red chilli powder in pan.

Gently toss the pan so that all ingredients are mixed properly. Let the Chivda/Munchies cool down.

Store Ragi flakes chivda in an air tight container or jar. Carry it while travelling; give in your kids tiffin or enjoy it with your hot cup of tea :)

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