• Kishan Desai

Poha Bataka (પૌવા બટાકા)


Poha is basically flattened rice and Bataka translates to potato in Gujarati. Poha Bataka is flattened stir fried rice with Potatoes and spices. This dish is commonly eaten for breakfast or lunch in the state of Gujarat. It is also eaten in other parts of India, with each different state having their own version of this dish.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups of Thick Poha (To buy some of your own, click here)

  • 2 Potatoes cut in small cubes

  • 1/4 cup of Vegetable Oil

  • 1/4-1/2 cup of Raw Peanuts (You can also use raw Cashews)

  • 4 cloves of garlic (Minced)

  • 2 strands of Fresh Curry Leaves (Roughly 20-25 leaves)

  • 2 Tbs of Mustard Seeds

  • 1-2 Tsp of Turmeric

  • 1-2 Tsp of Asafoetida (Hing: Click here to buy your own)

  • 2-3 Dried Red Chili Pods

  • 1-3 Tsp of Green Chili Paste

  • 1/4 cup of chopped Cilantro

  • Juice of 1 lemon (You can add more if you desire)

  • Salt to taste

Method


Begin by soaking your poha in water for about 5-10 min. Check them at like 5 mintues and see if they are hydrated. Once they are hydrated, strain them in a strainer and leave them in their while you cook your potatos. You want to make sure all the water is drained out of your poha before you cook with them.


Then go ahead and heat your oil on medium heat in a large sauté pan. Once your oil has heated, add in your mustard seeds and cook them for about 30 seconds. Then throw in your curry leaves, red chili pods, and asafoetida. Be careful when doing this as oil will splatter when it comes into contact with the curry leaves. I recommend covering your pot with a lid, during this process. Once your spices have stopped popping, throw in your cubed potato, peanuts, and turmeric. Cook everything until your potatos are just about done. Then throw in your garlic and green chili paste and cook everything until the garlic has nicley browned. Now go ahead and add in your salt and lemon juice and stir everything for about a minute.


Now its as simple as throwing in your poha and combining everything. You will know when your poha has been combined when your all of your poha turn yellow from the turmeric. You can now mix in your cilantro and you are ready to serve your Poha Bataka. You can enjoy this as it is, or with a nice cup of Indian tea.

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