Rice flakes is known as Poha in Hindi and Aval in Tamil.
Poha is one of the few versatile ingredient that can be used to make breakfast, lunch or even a snack.Made from flattened or beaten rice, it can be prepared in a jiffy and is highly nutritious too as it is a rich source of iron, complex carbohydrate and fiber.
My children are not very fond of usual Poha or Aval upma. So, I tried do create some interest. I had once made the very famous street food of Mumbai, Tawa Pulao which my children really enjoyed. That was the inspiration behind this recipe, Tawa Poha
Washed, drained and soaked Poha- 3 cups
Onion chopped- 2
Boiled peas- 1/2 cup
Finely chopped carrot- 1
Finely chopped capsicum- 1
Finely chopped tomatoes- 3
Crushed and chopped garlic- 5-6 cloves
Chopped coriander for garnish- 2 tbsps
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder- 1 tsp or to taste
Pav Bhaji masala powder- 2-3 tsps
Salt to taste
Oil- 2 tbsps
Heat oil in a pan. When it becomes hot, add garlic, followed by chopped onions. Sauté till the onions become pink.
Now add chopped carrots, cook for few mins and the add chopped capsicum. Sauté well for few mins till the vegetables become little tender.
Add tomatoes, all the masalas and salt to taste and mix well. Let it cook for few mins, till the tomatoes become soft. Mash all the vegetables gently using a potato masher.
Add the soaked the Poha, mix well, check the seasonings and sauté it high flame for 2 mins.
Remove from the flame, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.