There are some old,traditional recipes which I think loosing it’s touch with younger generation. I know how difficult it was for us to find the recipe of fish pickle(coming soon)-specialty of my great grandmother. Recently I was listening to a podcast and the speaker was addressing this issue. He came up with a very wonderful solution-“family cookbook!!” What an amazing concept it is! Every family has something unique,different to offer. It is worth retaining.Incorporate all the traditional recipes from the family members to share with each other OR you can publish it. I know some of you must be thinking,”Really??cookbook??who read them in the age of internet?” Hey..don’t draw the conclusions yet. You are forgetting something. You can search for the recipe who’s name is known to you on internet but what about the recipes that you don’t know??
Today’s recipe is one of such recipes which are being forgotten with time,”tak-pohe”(Flattened rice with buttermilk). I am always looking for such recipes.I remembered the paragraph from our Marathi school text book when I heard tak-pohe for the first time. I do not recall it properly what the story was or the significance of tak pohe in it but it was something about a poor farmer serving his guest with tak-pohe and jaggery tea. I was very excited to try it. In the modern times these kind of recipes are treated as cheap. And what is cheap is not respected! But for me they are no less than a treasure. If I ever create our family cookbook,this is definitely going into it.
- 2 cups – Thin pohe(flattened rice)
- 1/2 – diced onion
- 1 – diced tomato
- 1 tbsp – red chilli powder
- 7 to 8 – curry leaves
- 1 tsp – turmeric powder
- fistful of – peanuts
- For tempering – oil,mustard,cumin
- Salt & sugar – to taste
- For garnishing – coriander leaves
- Buttermilk – as much as you like
- Heat oil in a pan. When oil is hot enough,add mustard seeds and cumin seeds in it.
- When the seeds started crackling add curry leaves. Fry it for some time.
- Add diced onion and tomato in it. Saute for 4 to 5 min on medium heat.add turmeric powder and red chilli powder in it. Add peanuts and fry them for 1/2 minute.
- Add thin flattened rice in it. And keep frying for some minute until it covered with seasoning and curled up.
- Add salt and sugar to it. Don’t put lead on the pan. It supposed to be crunchy and not soggy.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with buttermilk.
- Pour buttermilk on poha as much as you like and savour this tasty dish as much as you like.