This is a very simple, tasty, traditional snack, which is very useful when unexpected guests come.I learnt this from my mom in law. Food was simple and healthy in olden days and so was life. So here is the recipe .
- Thin beaten rice/ phovu/poha – 2 cups
- Freshly grated coconut – 1/2 cup
- Bedgi chillies – 5 to 6 nos
- Mustard- 1 tsp
- Oil for seasoning
- Sugar – 3 to 4 tsps
- Salt to taste
Keep the poha in sunlight for a whole day, this is a must.
In the evening, heat a thick bottomed kadai, add 3 – 4 tbsps of oil or ghee . Add the mustard seeds, when they splutter, add the chillies, fry for a few seconds
Now add the poha, mix well. Let it roast on a slow fire till they are very crisp, but see that it doesn’t change the white colour .Be careful so that it doesn’t get burnt.
Cool the poha, store in an airtight container. You can store this for a maximum of 15 days.
For preparing the snack – take the freshly grated coconut in a bowl.
Add the salt and sugar( as it should be on a sweeter side)and one or two pieces of fried bedgi mirchi pieces from the fried poha mixture.
Crush them in the coconut gratings with hand and mix well.
Add 2 cups of the sun dried poha to it, mix well and serve instantly.
Crispy, tasty poha is ready.