Sunday, February 15, 2009

Chana Poha ( sweet n spicy beaten rice with chicpea sauce)

Chana poha is usually served as an evening snack or as main breakfast dish during the fasting days in Konkani Cuisine. Since this dish is filling and healthy it was prepared frequently among the joint families. At my grandma's place this dish was almost a daily affair as an evening snack. My mother made it a weekly affair during her fasting days( be it Monday or Friday). Thankfully we all liked it during our childhood days and even now. My daughter too adores it. I make it on weekends either as an evening snack or on any other lazy day when I have some cooked chickpeas in my fridge.
I learnt this dish from my mom hence Mamama(grandma)'s Chana-poha for Sakshi.
This dish is for the Event "Cooking for Kids with love" hosted by Pritya.

Poha Chutney(Sweet n Spicy Beaten Rice):
Thin beaten rice - 2 cups
grated coconut - ½ cup
grated jaggery - 2 tbsp
salt to taste
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
dry long red chillies - 2
curry leaves - 1 sprig
coconut oil - 2 tsp

Heat coconut oil in a small pan. Splutter mustard seeds, add red chillies and curry leaves and rosat on low flame till nice and brown. Let aside to cool.
In a wide bowl, pour this seasoning and crush well. Add beaten rice, grated coconut, grated jaggery, salt and mix well. Sprinkle little water to moisten the poha. Cover and keep for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: In a jiffy, mix sambar powder to the remaining ingredients and season only with mustard and curry leaves.

Chana (Brown Chickpea sauce)
Brown chickpeas - ½ cup
salt to taste
grated jaggery - 1 tsp
coconut oil - 1 tsp
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
curry leaves - 4 leaves

Pressure cook chickpeas with 2½ cups water till soft and done.
Add salt and jaggery and get to a boil.
Season with mustard and curry leaves.

Note: Raw banana or potatoes can be added as bharshi( to get along with in konkani) with chickpeas to give a thicker consistency.

Serve the poha and then pour chana over it or serve side by side. The gravy from the chana soaks up the poha and makes it soft and delicious to relish!!!


Smitha said...

Never quite had a sweet channa dish! Looks very good

Deepa Hari said...

Looks beautiful Poonam....nice recipe...Thanks for sharing...Will give it a try.

Divya Kudua said...

Hi Poonam..channa-phov is one of our favorite breakfasts..I have posted it here -

Btw,great to know that we are realted.My in-laws convey thier regards to you and have asked you to visit them next time you are in India.

Usha said...

I have never heard of chana poha, sounds and looks delicious...

Ashwini said...

wow never heard of it.. looks yum and healthy too for the kids..

sowmya said...

sounds easy and healthy..

Andhra Flavors said...

chana phov this sounds new to me. interesting one

vidhas said...

Very new to me, Sounds Delicious. Thanks for grabbing the Award.

Nithya Praveen said...

Hey poonam..looks beautiful.This recipe is surely new to me.Nice one!

suparna said...

yummmm....u made me nostalgic by this recipe...I love having this as a tea time snack at ammas place. This recipe was a long forgotten one!! Thanks for refreshing it :)


Happy cook said...

Looks so yummy delicouis.

Preety said...

wow this is such an innovative way to prepare poha..never thought of making like this..gr8 recipe

Varsha Vipins said...

Chana Poha is quite new to me Poonam..But they looks tempting with those dark chickpeas..must be a yummy combo..:)

Dershana said...

Hi Poonam, that's an interesting recipe. Though we make sweet poha your way, we have never tried the spicy tadka and the sweet channa with it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog :-)

Namrata Kini said...

Never made this combination but its a popular combination in my gaon. I think I have tasted the spicy version of Chana. Nice recipe Poonam.

Sharmi said...

this is a new recipe to me. sounds healthy and simple. thanks for the contribution Poonam.

Linda said...

hi Poonam, this is a new way with poha for me -- sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing the story and recipe :)

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