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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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{ 27 comments… add one }

  • Mridula Pai January 2, 2008, 7:52 pm

    Hey Shilpa…this is a good one and quick too :) My mom always does this with khali uppit(without onions) during festivals when you are not supposed to eat onions. It tastes absolutely awesome and is indeed very filling. Thanks and keep the good work going:)

    Happy New Year :)

  • Shankari January 2, 2008, 8:37 pm

    So simple and yet looks so tasty.This is pure home comfort food

  • Simple indian food January 2, 2008, 9:17 pm

    Thats pretty fast and easy

  • richa January 2, 2008, 10:23 pm

    wow! that is too tempting :) am so making this soooooon :)

  • Purnima January 3, 2008, 2:06 am

    Shilpa..this is new to me too..amma makes with a variation..coco+jag+one tbsp sambhar powder+pohu. Its delicious..i shall try ur recipe soon.

  • Padmaja January 3, 2008, 4:29 am

    Shilpa!! Most of my weekend’s breakfast is poha which is so simple n easy to make!!
    Your version looks so delicious!!

  • Padmaja January 3, 2008, 4:30 am

    Forgot to add my wishes “Happy New year”

  • nandita January 3, 2008, 6:11 am

    That sounds so homely and simple…and its cute the way we name dishes after our family members :) Have a great new year SHilpa, your cake effort was tremendous!

  • Asha January 3, 2008, 7:43 am

    Avalaaki is the most versatile thing to use for any meal. Look great, I love to eat with Bhujia too!:))

  • Arun Shanbhag January 3, 2008, 11:13 am

    Simply one of my favorites. My mom made this nearly every morning for breakfast on this visit.
    And it is important to have that little “shev” to give it a crunch!

    M does not really like it – so i guess I will have to wait for this pohvu till I get back home, or to Kansas!

    Shilpa: Haha…I can make that for u and my hubby. For me and M, we will make something more suitable for our taste buds ;). As far as my home is concerned, this is every guy’s favorite, including dad and bro.

  • Archana January 3, 2008, 1:34 pm

    shilpa.. Wow my mom used to do this wid Uppittu when all our cousins used to gather.. simple, easy an tasty… !!

  • grihini January 3, 2008, 4:34 pm

    Happy 2008 shilpa! :)

    Btw, the cake looks good (previous post)

  • sagari January 3, 2008, 10:18 pm

    nice recipe shilpa

  • Supriya Nair January 4, 2008, 8:00 am

    Hi Shilpa…I Love this Pohu….amazing taste..the two ‘js’, the jeera and the jaggery make this pohu a treat to have…thanks for sharing this recipe…

  • Deepa Mohankumar January 4, 2008, 5:00 pm

    Hi shilpa
    Happy new year. This looks great. Where do u live in Kansas ? I live in Overland park, KS.
    Take care.

    Shilpa: Deepa, Thanks. I am sending you a mail.

  • Mama's girl January 4, 2008, 5:47 pm

    I love poha chutneys and there are so many ways to make them with jeera, sambar powder, green chillies etc. Funnily pohu lovers seemed to be married to pohu haters going by the comments! My husband is not keen on it so I just make the upkari instead of the simple methods of uncooked poha.

  • Komal January 4, 2008, 6:13 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    Happy new year first!!!

    Is this the same as Garam masalya phovu?? And as Arun says above adding Shev made it sorta complete…
    My mom used 2 send it in my tiffin for breakfast, but I hated it then and my gujarati friends used to devour it.
    Anyways I am leaving for India next week and hope to relive some of “aayis recipes” konkani stuff live, hahaha.

  • Zlamushka January 6, 2008, 1:12 am

    Hi there, lovely poha. I usually skip the coconut (a bit too fatty) and add garlic, chili and curry leaves.
    But I am a true fan of any kind of poha.

  • pelicano January 8, 2008, 5:20 am

    I must try this one!

  • richa January 9, 2008, 9:00 am

    hey Shilpa, i made this pohe, it turned out soooo good :) thanks for such a quick and wonderful recipe!

  • sunayana January 11, 2008, 1:28 pm

    Hey Shilpa thanks for the recipe… My mai prepares this with Upma, Nice combo.

  • shubha January 21, 2008, 4:51 am

    That was tasty.All of us liked it.
    You must be knowing about ‘pachchodi pohu’
    needs less effort,tastes good.

  • veena May 5, 2008, 11:23 pm

    Hi. i just tried this recipe n i liked it. It reminds me of our Mangalorians(konkan) food. Kalaiyle poha laik jatha.
    I’ll b trying other recipies of urs.
    Thanks for sharing them all of us.

  • Sandhya March 14, 2009, 2:55 am

    Its been very helpful to me.

    Recipies are quite delicious andeasy to prepare.


  • Geeta Sawant August 18, 2009, 6:19 pm

    Hi Shipa
    I just made it as an evening snack and it is awesome. We used to make soaked poha+ coconut+ jag + salt on first day of diwali and as a kid I hated it because I didnot like sweet . This has a hinch of chilli and jeera so it is perfect for my taste bud.


  • Geeta February 10, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I always used to think that adding more ingredients wud make a dish tastier.. But this dish of urs proved it wrong.. Less is more :) Simply loved it..
    All ur recipes have been so succesful that I simply read the ingredients(to check if i have everything) and start preparing it step by step.. even before completely reading the recipe.. :)

    God Bless,

  • Antony March 22, 2013, 4:13 am

    This recipe is good the family liked it. For a change I added a few curry leaves and 1/2 small minced onion. Thanks.

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