Usal is a Maharashtrian dish made of beans such as matki, sprouts or peas. Generally beans are soaked in water and allowed to sprout, but for this recipe I used white peas, soaked in water and boiled in pressure cooker with water and salt. After that cooked peas are stir fried along with spices, ginger chili paste in oil and addition of water in gravy. You can adjust the spices according to taste or gravy.
Flattened rice, commonly known as Chura, is rice which is flattened into flat, light, dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thickness of the flakes varies between almost translucently thin (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain. It is also called beaten rice not to be confused with Poha, a North Indian dish prepared using flat rice. In particular, Indori Poha is famous in Indore and eaten with Jalebi)
In Maharashtra, pohe is cooked with lightly fried mustard seeds, turmeric, green chilli, finely chopped onions, and most importantly with fried peanuts and then moistened pohe is added to the spicy mix and steamed for a few minutes.
Poha is very comforting food which you can prepared in few minutes and good option for breakfast as healthy food. You can serve poha with tea or coffee as evening snack. Combination of Usal poha is a combination of two regions such as Pohe from M.P. and Usal from Maharashtra
I tried this recipe very first time, really like it because of crunchy texture of farsan, mild taste of poha and spicy taste of Usal, It’s a complete meal itself.
What we needed to Prepare Usal Poha
1 Cup White Peas, Boiled
2 Tbsps. Oil
1/2 Tsp. Cumin seeds
Red Chili Powder to taste
Salt to Taste
1/2 Tsp. Garam Masala
1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
1 Tsp. Ginger Chili Paste
1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
1 Cup Poha
1 Small Sized Onion, Chopped
1 Green Chili, Chopped
1 Tbsp. Oil
1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
Few Curry Leaves
Salt to Taste
2 Tsp. Sugar
2 Tsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Green Coriander, chopped
Onion and Tomatoes, Chopped
How to make usal poha at home
Wash and soak the poha for 5 minutes. Drain the excess water and keep aside. Heat the oil in pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilies and onion and saute few seconds. Add poha, salt, sugar, turmeric powder, lemon juice and toss well. Garnish with fresh coriander.
Heat the oil in pan. Add cumin seeds when they starts splutter, add ginger chili paste. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, salt and garam masala. Add boiled peas and saute few minutes. Add water and cook on low flame for 5-10 minutes.
Place the poha in abowl and topped with usal gravy. Garnish with chopped onion, tomatoes, green chilies. Sprinkle mix farsan and lemon juice. Serve hot with tea or coffee.
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16 thoughts on “Usal Poha Recipe”
I am just coming from Valli’s place after enjoying a lip smacking version of usal poha and here I see yet another version ! What do you guys expect ? Drooling !
The usal poha looks gorgeous , and is surely a super duper breakfast , I don’t mind having it for my lunch too !
This is such an awesome recipe. I would love to make this soon.
Drool-worthy recipe and I can clearly understand that it is a complete meal 🙂 Very filling and delicious
Love this yummy poha ,I want some now!!
Usal poha looks alluring, i just love poha dishes very much. If i make this usal poha, am sure i wont keep myself away from them. Ultimate dish.
Usal Poha looks very inviting. Perfect chaat recipe for the letter “U”. Love the ingredients goes into the chaat. Perfectly made !!!
I love usal, especially the crunchy farsaan toppings. With poha this must taste awesome..
That is a great way to serve poha. Usal adds much needed protein and so much flavor to this dish. I’m literally drooling thinking of how good this dish tastes.
Next time I go to India, am going to look for all these moth watering chaats. I’ve not tasted a mixture of poha and usal. Yours photos make it so tempting.
Good to see another Usal Poha here Preeti, you surely have done a good job in making this dish!
Usal with poha sounds super inviting and I am sure it must have tasted as amazing as it loks. I will try it sometime for sure.
This dish is new to me and the poha looks colorful and super inviting.
Usal poha looks so delicious! What an amazing click and it makes it even more inviting.
wow usual with poha sounds very interesting and looks so tempting !!
Usal poha looks very inviting and I really love that crunchy topping. Would love to taste a bowlful.
wow another tempting bowl of usal poha, looks very tempting preeti!!! Totally yumm!!