No-Cook Poha

Baseball games, swim lessons, soccer practices consume my evenings from spring till fall, and on most of these days I find myself scrounging for food. My family is not enthusiastic about eating out on a regular basis, and it has been a standing challenge to put nutritious dinner on table on time every evening. To top it, everybody is always famished post games and practices, and I face the daunting task of whipping up something last-minute late at night. Understandably, whenever I find a no cook recipe, I cling to it and serve it till my family begs me to take a break
from it. So when PJ announced the no-cook event, I was thrilled to the core. Now I will have a copious list of delicious and easy no-cook recipes to choose from. I will present these recipes to my family with a smirk and revel in their adoring and loving looks. My family is not aware of this event and I am planning to take all the credit for the scrumptious treats that I will be not-cooking for the next few months.     

To subdue my guilt, I am contributing my favorite late-night snack,No-Cook Poha to ‘no cook’ event by PJ. Wiki has some good information about the good old Indian Poha (flattened rice) that is found in every Indian grocery

No-Cook Poha    

Serves 2.    

Mix following ingredients and keep aside for twenty minutes.    

2 cups of thin Poha
2 tbsp grated coconut (fresh/frozen). I used frozen.
2 tbsp grated green chilies and ginger
1 tomato chopped
salt to taste
pinch of sugar
generous amount of lemon juice . I used one lemon.    

Garnish it with following.    

2 tbsp cilantro
1 tsp red chilli powder
4 tbsp chopped red onion
4 tbsp roasted peanuts

Depending on the time of the day you can wash down the Poha with a glass of orange juice, mug of chilled beer or a cup of hot steaming tea.    

No-Cook Poha


If you are ready to tackle the stove, you can heat one tablespoon of oil in a small saucepan. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds start crackling, add asafoetida and turmeric. Pour the seasoning on Poha and mix thoroughly.     

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