Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Powa Bateta

Wow! Has it really been 10 months since my last post?! I hope I've gotten to a place now where I can start making weekly posts. The past year has truly been a whirlwind! It's been filled with lots of laughs, smiles, and tears (both baby and mommy!), but I can't believe it's been a year now since little brother joined our family! It seems like I was just pregnant with him, but at the same time it seems so long ago when I was carrying him all hours of the day and night trying to sooth him.

Today I am going to share with you a dish from my childhood, Powa Bateta. Rice flakes with potatoes and onions with a great balance of flavors. It's something that my mom used to make for me and I now make for my family. Both my boys and hubby love this dish! It makes a great lunch or snack…my parents often have it for breakfast too! Recently my older son had an international luncheon at his preschool, and I sent this with him. All his friends loved it! I hope you enjoy!

2 c. Thick Powa (Rice Flakes found at an Indian Grocer)
2 sm. Potatoes, diced in 1/4" pieces
4 Tb Oil
1/4 tsp. Cumin Seeds
5-6 Curry Leaves
1 med. Onion, diced
1/4 tsp. Grated Ginger
1/8 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 Lime, juiced
1 tsp. Sugar
1/4 c. Chopped Cilantro
Salt, to taste

Thoroughly rinse powa in a strainer and let drain.

Heat oil in a kadai and add cumin seeds. When cumin sizzles, add curry leaves. Then add onions. Sauté until tender.

Meanwhile, put potatoes in a microwave safe bowl and cover with water. Cook in microwave for 8 minutes, stirring midway through.

Once potatoes are tender, drain and sauté briefly with onions. Stir in salt, ginger, turmeric. Add powa, red chilli powder, lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Stir together and sauté briefly; adjust seasonings as needed.

Serve immediately.

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