Looking for a quick weekday getaway breakfast? It has to be this curried bread poha for me. Quick to make, simple ingredients and great flavours – that is the combination of words i like when i am looking for a humble bowl of food.
Today I am all about simple comfort food. It was raining when I got up today morning and I started feeling a need for comfort food growing in my belly. I kept thinking of all those breezy rainy Sunday mornings back home in India, when my mother would fry up some fritters, make some stuffed parathas or crunchy dosas and a cup of Adrak (Ginger) Chai .. Aah.. That was bliss! So perfect to enjoy the weather. Well I was not feeling enthusiastic to cook all that up today but thought let me make something which I always liked to make for myself after I came back from office in the evenings. This quick 15 minute “breakfast/brunch meal” always came to my rescue when i wanted to eat something fancier than a tomato sandwich but did not want to put as much time or efforts.
Why i love this dish ?
The best part about this dish is that it requires very few ingredients. Really.. spices are the king for this dish. If you have the Indian masala box staples, you are all set to whip this dish up and still impress people ! 😛 Also, when you are stuck with some old bread or bread sides (from that sandwich night when the whole family decided to eat sandwiches and you cut out the bread sides for the fussy eaters), this dish helps me finish it up real quick. You can also use your old stock of bread crumbs for this recipe 🙂
Curried Bread Poha
- 8 slices of bread, cut into chunks (you can cut out the sides of the bread and not use them for this recipe if you like. I have used the sides as well because it adds to the crunch for the dish and i personally love that)
- handful of peanuts
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tsp Ghee/ clarified butter
- 5-6 curry leaves
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 big onion, roughly chopped
- 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp dry mango powder
- Take a non stick pan. Add oil and bring to heat. After the oil is hot, add in the peanuts and roast till golden brown. Remove and keep aside. We would be adding these at the end a a garnishing. Non stick pan will prevent the bread from sticking to the pan.
- Now, in the same oil, add in mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let the mustard seeds splutter.
- Upon spluttering, add in chopped onions, ginger and turmeric powder. Let the onion saute for a couple of minutes or till they begin to get light gold brown. Now, add in the diced pieces of bread. Combine everything together.
- Now, add in the salt, red chili powder, garam masala and dry mango powder. If you are using stale bread in this recipe, hydrate the bread with a few tablespoons of water added to the pan. Let this cook for a couple of minutes on medium high. the bread would begin to get crunchy and roasted on the sides. Once the water has evaporated and the poha looks crunchy as per your desire, remove and serve hot with peanuts on top.
Don’t you just love that yellow hue from the turmeric in this poha? The crunchy bread sides along with the peanuts bring a nice nutty note to the dish and the onion bits are pure joy ! I took a big serving for myself and enjoy every single bite of it with big gulps of my masala chai 🙂 If you want to loaf up the dish, feel free to add in veggies and/or sprouts of your choice. You also also toasted almonds or cashews to make it a rich dish.