Poha with Chickpeas | Food Diaries

1606973_10201974609358362_134936837_nHello all my beautiful friends! I hope you all are having a great time in this cold weather. What comes to a rescue in such a chilling environment is quick, hot and healthy food...yum...I just dreamed of so many delicious things in a blink...:) Today I am going to share with you guys such a quick snack which is a modified version of our oh-so-loved poha (beaten rice), i.e. Poha with Chickpeas. The ingredients are minimal which you can always play around with, mix 'n' match them as per your liking (serves 2):
  1. Thick poha (beaten rice) - 2 cups
  2. Chopped onion - 1/2 cup
  3. Chopped tomato - 1/2 cup
  4. Green chilies - 1 or 2 depending on your taste
  5. Chopped coriander
  6. Soaked and boiled garbanzo beans (white chole) - 1 cup
  7. Mustard seeds (rai) - 1/2 tsp
  8. Oil - 1 tbsp
  9. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  10. Lemon - half
  11. Spices (Salt, turmeric, red chili powder - optional) - as per taste
Let's get started: This is almost similar to the way traditional poha is made, only difference is the addition of garbanzo beans. Start off with a pan kept at medium-low heat. Pour oil in it and then add mustard seeds till they start to splutter. Add onion and green chilies followed by ginger-garlic paste and saute till the onions start to turn golden brown. Next, add tomatoes and let them cook. Now add boiled and soaked garbanzo beans, turmeric, red chili powder (you can omit this if you like to add only green chili, i like both :D) and salt and mix everything. While the mixture is getting slightly cooked, take poha in a sieve and wash it with clean water so that excess water drains out immediately (remember to not soak poha for long, it may make poha soggy). As soon as you are done with the washing and all the water is drained out, add poha to the pan. Give it a nice mix. Add coriander and squeeze lemon. Serve it hot plain or with tomato ketchup! You may also add some aloo bhujia on top while serving, it gives a nice snacky crunch! I hope you try this poha with chickpeas at home and do let me know how it turned out with your valuable comments :). Thank you very much for reading, happy cooking! Love, AS