Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bread poha

Bread poha is kind of an Indian version of savory bread stuffing and a delicious way to use leftover or slightly hardened day old bread. A common snack in India, it is quick and easy to make and you can easily add or substitute ingredients in it. Today I made this with the addition of sprouted moong beans along with the regular onion and tomatoes.

Perfect with a cup of tea!

What you need:

7-8 slices of day-old bread or a small loaf of french bagguette
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp finely chopped ginger and green chillies
2-3 cloves or garlic, grated or finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup of sprouted mung beans (any other vegetable can be added, like frozen green peas, corn carrots, capsicum, broccoli)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
juice of 1/2 a lime and finely chopped cilantro for garnish
salt to taste

Optional (Indian garam masala, chaat masala or pav bhaji masala can also be added while cooking the dry spices for a more intense flavor)


Grind the bread in a mixer to make bread crumbs. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a nonstick pan and saute onions till they start changing color, add the ginger-green chillies and stir, add garlic and all the dry spices. Now add the moong sprouts and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, stir for a minute and add the bread crumbs. Mix everything well, add salt according to taste. 
Cook for about a minute till the bread crumbs soak up the flavor and color. Sprinkle a few drops of water if it looks too dry.

Finally, add the lemon juice and garnish with cilantro.