Poha with cumins (Jeere kalayile phovu)

I had promised long ago that I would post these simple poha dishes that are very popular in Konkani homes. These are basically 10 minute dishes and no cooking involved. Just mix(kalayi in Konkani) all the ingredients with fresh coconut and thin poha and the job is done. These pohas were very popular in any Konkani wedding/function breakfasts, but in the recent times over the last decade or so people have started preparing more fashionable/modern breakfasts.

I think the kalayile(mixed with hand) phovu was chosen because this is fast to prepare and are very filling. These are staple foods for those who do a lot of manual work.

This particular type of kalayile(mixed with hand) phovu is known after my maternal uncle (maam) at my home. He is called Balu at home, so we all call this after him – Balu phovu. That’s because he is very fond of this and he would ask my aayi to prepare this whenever he came to visit us. He loves this more than any other snacks and he can have it at any time of the day :).

Check out kalayile phovu with special poha masala powder. There are ofcourse other types of poha, and soon I will be posting them in this series of Poha preparations.

1 cup thin poha
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 tea spn ghee
1 tea spn chili powder
1/2 tea spn turmeric powder
1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
2 tea spn jaggery

Heat ghee and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add cumin seeds. Switch off heat and add chili powder. Pour this over coconut, jaggery, salt and mix well with hand. Now add poha and mix till everything is well mixed. If you feel it is very dry, add a tea spn water and mix. Water softens the poha.
Serve with sev.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 10mins


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