January 27, 2012

Alepak Poha - Ginger flavored Beaten Rice Snack

After you get married there is a lot of change in the food that is being made in the in-laws family. In fact you get surprised to see some of the food items which you used to have for breakfasts are eaten as main courses and some of the main courses are cooked for breakfasts. That's really funny :) and  it takes time to get used to it. I am sure the girls who are married must have come across some food items which you do not like at all but still you had to prepare those. There are definitely some on my list and Alepak Poha ( Ginger flavored beaten rice ) is one from that list. It is because I am huge fan of the regular "kanda poha"  and this version will never ever beat it.
But again your taste buds get used to such dishes and after a while you start liking them...Isn't it?
Yes even I started liking this version of Poha and its not that bad. It has lots of ginger in it which makes it good for digestion.

Ginger is known to be taken when there are problems related to the digestive system such as indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea and stomach cramping. People in US also drink Gingerale when there is similar problem.

Ingredients:

Serves 2-3

Beaten Rice - 3 Cups
Grated Ginger - 3 tbsp
Jaggery (gud) - 2 tbsp, grated
Grated fresh coconut - 2 tbsp
Crushed Roasted Peanuts - 2 tbsp
Green Chili paste - 2 tsp
Fresh lime juice - per taste
Curry Leaves - few
Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds and oil for seasoning
Hing or Asafoetida - pinch
Salt - per taste



Method:

1. Wash poha / beaten rice in drainer/siever, drain the excess water c completely, leave it for 10 minutes. Use minimal water as possible.

2. Heat oil in a pan, add Mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, green chili paste and grated ginger. Mix well for 30 seconds.

3.Add poha and mix well. Now add Jaggery and mix again. Cover for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add salt, peanuts crush, coconut and lime juice. Mix everything. Cover again for 4-5 minutes.

5. Adjust the jaggery, salt.

6. Serve.

24 comments:

  1. Ah, I've never heard or eaten this kind. New to me.
    And hehe, I agree about the different food styles at in-laws ;)
    And boy, how do you grate jaggery? I find it so difficult - it takes forever!
    Or may be my jaggery is quite hard. I don't know.
    You can reply here, I'll come back to check :)

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  2. Hey Nish..
    You can microwave it a little (10 secs or so) and then try to grate it. The reason we want it in grated form is to have it melted while its in the process of cooking. Adding lumps of jaggery will take lot of time to melt and will be cumbersome to mix as well :)...

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  3. Ah, ok. I generally used to let it dissolve in some water. Doesn't always work in recipes that don't need water, but couldn't help it!
    I'll try the microwave method next time.
    Thanks!

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  4. Never tried this version, it looks tasty.

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  5. Recipe looks delicious...Loved the ginger flavor..

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  6. Interesting! Never had poha with jaggery and ginger.

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  7. Thanks for dropping by simply.food

    Re comment Pisang Goreng- banana fritters.
    This explains its origin :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisang_goreng

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  8. Looks yum. First time here. Happy 2 follow u

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  9. wow...looks sensational...well done..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  10. Never tried Alepak poha, luv kadhe poha and many other versions of veggies :) This sounds great and very unique...

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  11. We use the same ingredients but not as a paste; ginger is finely chopped so is green chilli and no peanuts.
    Will try this too.Bookmarked

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  12. this is an interesting variation on regular poha, i was surprised to see it coz im so used to see yellow poha :). i like the jaggery in it, musthave made it slightly sweet yet spicy

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  13. Looks delicious... a new twist to a regular dish..!
    My event- Valentines Day Special

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  14. Wow nice variety of poha! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Looks delicious and I would like to make it. I can't seem to find curry leaves anywhere yet. I am still looking for them. Great photos.

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  16. Heard this number of time .. never prepared till now, bookmarked !

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  17. That's a great sweet n savory version of my fav snack

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  18. I don't think I've ever had beaten rice. But it looks delicious, and ginger-flavored - yum!

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  19. What a simple and yummy recipe

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  20. Sure it would have tasted awesome and luv the presentation

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  21. Oh its like out "Poha usli" but we don't add jaggery, peanuts, lime to usli! My friend makes ale paak with onion. Belgaum speciality, she said. Are you from belgaum too?

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