Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kande Pohe

                                           Kande Pohe

Kande Pohe is a Maharastrian delicacy .This is a very easy recipe. I have made only very few times.The reason behind it is I have a Marathi Friend 'V' ,whenever I think of it she will prepare it for me.I will leave the authentic Maharashtrian  do the magic.Pohe/Aval/Flattened Rice combined with Potatoes,Onions is "kande Pohe".I guess if you let your creative juices flow you can add any veggies to it.It will taste divine.'V' had mentioned that they have this dish during fasting/to break the fast  as potatoes and Pohe are packed with good carbs and gives immense energy lost during fasting.Pohe are easily digestable form of rice.I am sure the edible tuber is the favorite veggie for most of us.Today's recipe is a courtsey from my mom ,she prepared it for our  lunch boxes(She has come to stay with us for sometime :)) .She learnt it from one of those street food wallas when she and my dad made a recent trip to Jaipur.This dish always reminds me "Simplicity is Divine"


1. Poha Thick  2 Cups

2.Potatoed 1Cut to Small Pieces

3.Red Onions 1 Diced

4.Green Chilies 2 Cut

5.Ginger Grated 1 Tsp

6.Peanuts 2 Tsp

To Season

1.Mustard Seeds 1/2 Tsp

2.Urad Dal 1/2 Tsp

3.Chana Dal 1/2 Tsp

4.Jeera 1/2 Tsp

5.Oil 2Tsp

Hing a Das

Salt To Taste

Cilantro To Garnish


1.Rinse the Poha nicely with water to get rid of the dirt and grime .Drain the water completely and set aside.

2.Heat a Pan/kadai ,with  oil , add the seasonings mustard seeds,jeera,chanadal,urad dal,hing and the peanuts and saute it for about couple of minutes.

3.When the peanuts starts to light brown add the grated ginger,green chilies, onions and poatoes.Saute until the potatoes are cooked .The potatoes will  turn soft when its cooked.

4.Add the  pohe ,salt and mix well.Leave it on slow flame for about 5 minutes and switch off.

5.Garnish with cilantro.If you like the lemon tartness ,add some lemon juice according to your taste.For color you can add turmeric.Its heaven.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Easy Breezy Pumpkin Ginger Pachdi

                               Easy Breezy Pumpkin Ginger Pachdi

We generally like to have variety at the  table especially lunch during weekends.Another reason there will be extra dishes becoz only during weekends I will have time to think and do an elobrate cooking.During weekdays anything under 30-60 minutes .Usually weekdays will be a keerai kootu,one veggie and rasam or roti and subji  or a thogayal,veggie and rasam or a salad,soup and rasam.Invariably I will make rasam all days since rasam is my last resort to make my daughter have her dinner if she doesn't lik the other ones.But I will give up to rasam only after few efforts.Anyway today's recipe  "Pumpkin  Ginger Pachdi" is a very easy and simple recipe you can make it in 10 minutes with few regular ingredients in hand.Here I go to the recipe.

                                Easy Breezy Pumpkin Ginger Pachdi


1.Yellow Pumpkin 1 Cup Grated

2.Ginger 1Tsp Grated

3.Cocount Oil/Oil 1/2 Tsp

4. Mustard Seeds 1/2 Tsp

5.Redchilies 2

6.Chana dal 1/2Tsp

7.Urad Dal 1/2 Tsp

8.Hing a Dash

9.Yogurt 2Tbsp

Salt to Taste


1.In a kadai/pan heat the Coconut oil/oil and add the seasonings Mustard seeds, Rechiles,Chana dal,Urad dal,Hing .

2.Add the Grated Yellow Pumpkin ,Grated Ginger and Salt

3.Let it cook for about 5 minutes .The cooked sign is when the pumpkin starts turning soft.

4.once the pumpkin is cooked switch off the flame and add the Yogurt.Yep thats all your pachdi is ready.I added 1/2 Tsp raw EV coconut oil at the end ,it added extra flavor.

5.It can be a side dish or we like to have it with hot rice and ghee.


1.During seasoning you can add curry leaves.

2.Coconut oil adds flavor to any yogurt dishes.You can opt for any oil.