I am a stickler for quick fix meals. Not the maggy types. It has to be wholesome whole grains for me, and thinking of a whole grain based quick meal can be a tough job.
This one is a cooling type, just apt for the heat wave we are suffering right now. No one is in the mood for cooking but we all want tasty filling meals. Isn't it?
So no cooking and whole grain means some Poha (flattened rice flakes) for me most of the times. I love this desi cereal for it's fluffy texture when prepared and a tendency to absorb varied flavors really well.
Brown poha is always preferable. To make it clear, all poha is made from unpolished parboiled brown rice but some of the varieties which look absolutely white are actually bleached after the flattening process. The brown looking ones are not processed further after the beating procedure. All organic brands sell unprocessed brown poha, you can always rely on organic brands when you are not sure of the source of your poha or it looks abnormally white to you.
Okay, it could be your breakfast but it can be any chosen meal for it's convenience. For the two of us it was a very late Sunday lunch last to last weekend. Most of our weekends end up being a two meals days because a leisurely brunch with newspapers and Darjeeling tea till late in the morning cannot be compromised. And then a late lunch almost in the evening does not leave any scope for a dinner. So some fruit servings or cold smoothies might suffice late in the night.
This poha was decided as a bag of mangoes we bought was a bit unripe and one of them needed to be used for a salsa like recipe as I had cut it thinking it was fully ripe.
It has been repeated three times since then.
And yes, it is a meal that can be tossed up within 10 minutes even if you do your chopping really slow.
(2 meal servings)
2 cups of poha (about 120 gm)
3/4 cup of chopped red onions
one large ripe mango (about 400 gm, not too ripe and should be a little sour)
chopped coriander greens (1/2 cup)
Roasted split peanuts 1/2 cup
red chilly powder a pinch
salt n pepper to taste
dash of lemon juice if the red onions are too hot and the mangoes are sweet
a tsp of sugar if the mangoes are too sour, all we need is a balance of sweet and sour , savory and a little heat from red chillies.
Wash the poha using filtered water keeping it in a colander and pouring water from the top.
Let it rest till you chop the onions etc. Fluff up the soaking poha with a fork once in between.
hop the onions first and transfer them in a mixing bowl. Then Chop the coriander greens and the mango. To make nice cubes of mango you can peel off the skin first and then mark a grid like pattern with knife on either sides of the stone and then slice them off with one stroke. This can be done directly over the mixing bowl.
Now add the other ingredients, including the soaked poha (4-5 minute soaking time is enough). Mix everything up and taste a little spoonful. Adjust the flavors by adding either lemon juice or sugar or both of them.
Served at room temperature it is the best Sunday meal we have been enjoying. It has to be a quick and tasty meal for us on weekends as those are the only days we are together at home so being busy in the kitchen is avoided as far as possible.
The mangoes are mostly stored in the fridge so they will be chilled so the Mango poha will be a bit on the colder side. It tastes great this way. It can even be chilled if you wish, but for us it is a quick meal so we never tried chilling it. If you want it colder and quick too, you can always use chilled water to rinse the poha and then keep the colander in the fridge till you chop the onions and mangoes etc.
Makes sense :-)
After all it is a summer meal. Chilled fruity meals will be a nice way to brighten up dull hot days...
Some of you might like a sprinkle a bit of chaat masala over it. Do that if you feel like.
Did you know poha is a pre and probiotic cereal ?
It is made after parboiling the rice and partially ferments during the process of flattening. And if prepared this way it is a great detox meal. Also cooling for the Indian summers.
Isn't it an enticing healthy meal in more ways than one?
Enjoy the mango season in all it's glory...