Bread Poha


After making this Rotini with Creamy Mushroom Sauce that you all seem to love (thank you very much), but my husband hated with passion, I figured it was time to take a turn to the far east and spice things up in the kitchen.  bread poha 061

Enter, Bread Poha!bread poha 057

The idea is pretty genius… just take some bread and toss it with some Indian masala, and then allow the bread to soak up all the spices.  bread poha 020

This highly aromatic recipe comes to you from Kiran who takes the most unbelievably beautiful & artistic photos that had me salivating, and I just had to resort to making this dish.  bread poha 022

In comparison to Kiran’s recipe, I used less bread, less tomato, added more Indian spices and served my poha with this cilantro chutney.  So delicious, especially with the chutney.  bread poha 040

It’s the perfect Indian brunch with a hot cup of chai on a rainy afternoon.  Let’s just say my husband was thrilled as I handed him a bowl of "Indian goodness" instead of the usual peanut butter & bread. bread poha 062

And I think you will be too.  Thanks Kiran!bread poha 070

NUTRITION: Whole Wheat Bread is a great source of Fiber and Protein.  Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C and Fiber.  Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A and C.  Cilantro is a good source of Vitamin C and contains small amounts of Vitamin E.


INGREDIENTS (mostly adapted from KiranTarun; serves 3):
  • Organic Sunflower Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Green Chilies – 2  (finely chopped)
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Onion – 1 medium  (chopped)
  • Tomatoes – 3 small  (chopped)
  • Red Chili Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 2 1/2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • Water – 1/3 cup
  • Potatoes – 2 medium size  (microwaved, peeled, & cubed)
  • 100% Whole Wheat Bread – 8 slices  (1 inch cubes)
  • Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

DIRECTIONS:
1. Start by chopping the green chilies and onions.  Set aside the curry leaves.
2. Heat a pot on medium heat, add oil, once hot, add the mustard seeds. 
3. Once they splutter, add the turmeric powder.  Stir.  After 5 seconds…
4. Add the green chilies and curry leaves.  Stir and allow this to cook for about 10 seconds.
5. Add the onions and season with salt.  Stir.  Let the onions cook for about 5 minutes or until they are slightly golden.
6. Chop the tomatoes.
7. Add the tomatoes to the onions. 
8. Season with red chili powder, coriander powder, and salt.  Stir.
9. Cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low-medium heat (dial 4).  Let the tomatoes cook down for about 10 minutes until you have a paste-like consistency.
10. In the meantime, microwave, peel, and cube the potatoes. 
11. Also, cube the 8 slices of bread. 
12. Check on the onion-tomato mixture, this is what you should have… masala mixture.
13. Add water. 
14. Add the potatoes.  Stir and let the potatoes cook for about 3 minutes. 
15. This is what you should have. 
16. Add the bread. 
17. Toss well.  Takes a bit of effort.bread poha 236
18. Add the garam masala and season with salt, if need be.bread poha 238
19. I made this super quick Cilantro Chutney to go with it, minus the coconut.  bread poha 244
20. Serve immediately.  Top with chutney, and squirt some lemon if you’d like.  Heaven!bread poha 004

TELL ME: Have you ever heard/tried Bread Poha?  Would you make this dish?


33 comments:

  1. Poha's actually one of the few Indian dishes I quite like! I've neve tried bread poha but it's yum made with rice flakes! Although marriage is not in the cards yet for me, I should probably start developing some Indian culinary skills..otherwise all my husband will be getting is peanut butter toast, oatmeal or eggs for brunch ;)!

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    1. I love the original Poha too with peanuts and rice flakes. Haha... dude, you don't need to develop those skills if you live in India, you can always hire help. :) I eat pb& toast more than I can count.

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    2. Haha well if me & my future hubby live abroad, he better be racking in some good $$$$ so we can hire house help ;)

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  2. I was intrigued when Kiran posted this recipe. I am going to try this sometime soon- it sounds like Indian savory bread pudding.

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    1. It is delicious.. definitely savory and spicy.

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  3. Just sent this recipe to my mom! Making it soon. My mouth is watering. :)

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    1. Thanks Parita, saw that you already made this on Istagram, glad that you liked it. :)

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  4. Looks so delicious, warm and hearty! Love this!

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    1. Just as you described.. delicious, warm, and hearty. Thanks Georgia.

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  5. Looks delicious...I saw this on Kiran's site as well and I definitely want to try it! So your hubby liked it better than the rotini? :)

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    1. Thanks.. it is delicious. This definitely out did the Mushroom Rotini. Haha! Hope you try this.

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  6. Your recipe turned out so delicious!! And now I want it with my cuppa tea :) Thanks for the compliments and linking up, sweets :)

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    1. Thanks to you Kiran.. it was awesome. You're welcome.

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  7. I've never had anything like this! I would go crazy over the green chutney...

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    1. The chutney took this dish to a whole new level. You'd enjoy this.

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  8. I'm so intrigued by these...they're almost like fried bits of spiced bread pudding! Very cool.

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    1. Definitely not fried, it's pretty healthy... and delicious. I like the sound of spiced bread pudding.

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  9. Gostei muito, ótima sugestão.
    Boa semana
    Kiss, Susana
    Nota: Ver o passatempo a decorrer no meu blog:
    http://tertuliadasusy.blogspot.pt/2013/05/2-edicao-do-projeto-escolha-do.html

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  10. What a creative twist on poha, it looks delicious :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  11. Love bread, love potatoes, and am totally missing the desi spices in my cooking these days. Needless to say, I'll be making this soon :)

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    1. Thanks.. I don't cook Indian food as often either, it's sooooooooo much effort when you are working full time. This is awesome to make for a weekend brunch. :)

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  12. Yours is the third bread poha recipe that i have come across over the past two days...i guess it is some sort of divine signal to me to try this asap ;-)
    Lovely clicks and a very tempting poha.

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    1. easyfoodsmith - This recipe must be floating around the internet. You should try it, it's so yummy!

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  13. I've never tried bead poha, but it sounds delicious, love everything about the dish!

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    1. Hope you try it, it's like a savory bread pudding.

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  14. I have never tried or heard of bread poha, sounds like a brilliant idea for a warm dish instead of eating toast !
    I just made the traditional style poha, which I love and now will try this recipe. I love the recipes you choose to post, this will be the second one I am trying so far :-)

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    1. Amelia - you would love this dish, it's like Indian Fusion. I love traditional poha too. :)

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  15. This is such a easy recipe! love it and will definitely be a good hit on weekends!

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    1. Hope you try it, let me know how it turns out.

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  16. Wow this looks yum. Have to try. Never thought to use bread. We usually make poha with flattened rice.

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    1. Jahnavi - I usually make Poha the traditional way as well, the bread masala mixture is a unique twist on a classic. Hope you try it.

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