With winter comes the delightful winter food, the freshest vegetables that can take any dish to the next level. Peas are one of my favorite winter vegetables and this Matar Poha Recipe made with fresh peas (you can use frozen peas when fresh are not available) is an ideal and healthy breakfast or snack. The Matar Poha is perfect for the kiddie snack box as well.
India is a land of diverse cultures. Elements of Indian diversity is reflected in its languages, religions, traditions and above all Food. Pick a single ingredient and every state has its own way of making it and this diversity is the beauty of India. Today’s dish comes from the sacred land of Banaras – Matar Poha or Chura Matar Recipe.
Poha is basically beaten or flattened Indian rice and depending on the region it goes under different names like chivda, poha, chooda/choora, Chiura, Aval and so on. Overall a simple, healthy and one pot breakfast meal that is relished in every Indian household.
- 2 cups Thick Poha
- 1/2 cup Frozen Peas
- 1 small Chopped Onion
- 1 small Chopped Green Chilies (optional)
- 1/2 cup Chopped potatoes (optional)
- 1/2 tablespoon Grated ginger (optional)
- 2 tablespoon Oil
How to make Matar Poha Recipe:-
- To begin making the Matar Poha Recipe, in a large pan blanch the fresh peas with a little salt. Once boiled, drain the water and keep the green peas aside.
- Wash the poha in fresh water once, drain the water and keep aside the poha. Don’t leave a lot of water in the poha else it will turn mushy.
- In a heavy bottom kadai, heat oil. Add the cumin and mustard seeds and fry for 2 minutes till the mustard splutters and the cumin turns golden brown.
4. Add curry leaves and split green chillies to the oil, fry for one minute. Now add the onions and fry till they are translucent and lightly golden. Stir in the turmeric, salt, the blanched peas, and the washed poha.
5. Stir well to combine. Sprinkle a little water, cover the pan and allow the flavors to get well incorporated into the matar poha.
6. After a couple of minutes, check the salt and spice levels and adjust to suit your taste. Turn off the heat and cover the pan for 5-6 minutes. The poha will cook in steam. Finally stir in the chopped coriander leaves and squeeze in the juice from one lemon.
7. Serve the Matar Poha for breakfast or as an evening tea time snack topped with Bhujia.