This was our snack coming home from school, and we loved it! It always came out so soft the way mom made it. Am glad I can replicate it :)) Here it goes:
1 cup thick poha(flat rice)
1 small potato finely diced
1 small onion finely diced
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida
salt to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Put the poha in a small bowl, and add about 1/2 cup of water and make sure all the poha is soaked and wet. Keep it aside. Drain out excess water.
In a small pot, put the oil, and let it heat up on medium heat. Put in the asafoetida and mustard seeds and let them splatter. At this point, add the onions and saute them till translucent. Then add in the tiny diced potatoes, and saute them for 5 minutes, until soft.
At this point, add in the green chilli, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder, and saute the onion-potato mixture for a minute. Now add in the thick poha, and saute to mix it all well. Dont overmix it!
Add in the lemon juice and cilantro.
You can add a little bit of sugar. Thats the way I like it :) You can even add peas, or peanuts or both!