Poha masala powder(Phova pitto/Kumta masala)

Many people call this as “Kumta masala” as this is readily available in Kumta.

What is the first thing any Konkani person can remember when you say “breakfast or evening snack”? Almost 90% of people (especially I have seen guys like it more than girls, it’s just an observation. My father, brother and husband are absolute fans of poha prepared in this way) say it is ‘Kalayile phovu‘ (Kalayile means mixed, phovu is phoha/avalakki). This is a dish which is prepared when you are in hurry and want to have something very fast and that keeps you full for hours. So this is even given to people who work for long hours in sun. Basically it is a food very famous in rural areas.

Phova pitto (pitto meaning powder) is available in the market very easily at our place. Nobody actually prepares it at home. Long back one of the readers asked me about this recipe. My mom uses this powder not only for poha but also for a variety of dishes. I will post those dishes one by one in future.

Coriander seeds 1 cup
Fennel seeds (Soamp) 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds (jeera) 1/4 cup
Cloves 4
Cinnamon (dalchini) 2 inch
Chili powder

Keep the above ingredients except chili powder in hot sun for few hours (I dry roasted the ingredients instead of keeping it in sun). Measure the powder in cups. Add same amount of chili powder to it and grind them all.

Preparation time : 10mins

Some recipes were this powder can be used – kalayilo phovu, chudvo,  phanni phovu, potato sandwich, peas usli, potato bhaji

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