Dinner Diary is a series of posts I write that include simple, everyday quick recipes that I whip up on most days for my family. In most cases, they can hardly be called recipes since I just go with the flow and dump things into a hot pan. Through this series I’ve tried to show you that no matter what your level of expertise is in the kitchen, making a good healthy meal for yourself and your family is actually quite simple. All it takes, is a whole lot of love and a bit of practice.
Dear Dinner Diary,
Today began like every other Sunday. I got out of bed to find the boys snuggled on the couch watching Tom & Jerry cartoons. Did I ever tell you how much I despise that show? Poor Tom… that sneaky mouse is always the one to disturb his peace. Then the chase starts and somehow or the other, Tom gets in trouble while Jerry is seen grinning! So. Not. Fair.
Anyways, after going back and forth on our discussion on what we’d like to have for breakfast, we decided that everyone was going to have what they felt like since we could agree on a single dish. Baby Dear ran to the pantry and grabbed the giant jar of Nutella, begging me to slather a lot of it on toast for him. I set up the coffee and decided to begin with a banana. Hubby Dear, on the other hand, pulled out the frying pan, and began chopping onions for his classic poha.
Although I’m not a big fan of Poha, I do enjoy a small portion when Hubby Dear makes it. He’s not one to take charge in the kitchen – that man, but on the rare occasion when he does roll up his sleeves, his Poha, Nachos and Sabudana Khichdi are absolutely to-die-for! I should remember to nudge him to make me some Sabudana Khichdi this weekend, it’s been ages since he did. Then I can blog about it!
Now I do realize that this is a breakfast post instead of dinner, but I digress. Breakfast for dinner anyone?
Soak 1 cup of poha (flattened/beaten rice) in enough water for 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside when you’re ready to start cooking. Heat oil in a pan and sauté 1 tsp mustard seeds. Once they start to pop, add in 1 small onion, finely chopped, along with a handful to raw peanuts, and slightly fry till they start to lightly brown. Mix in 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and salt to taste. Quickly add in the drained poha and give it a good toss around the pan to mix everything well. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro leaves and a generous squeeze of lemon.
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