Thursday, June 25, 2009

Orzo Pohe

When I first saw Orzo pasta in the supermarket, I remembered Pohe. I thought - what if...?

Now, if you love your pohe, I must warn you that, the texture is entirely different. Pohe has that distinct rough texture which we miss while eating this smooth orzo pohe. By no means, it replaces the memories, flavor and taste of the real pohe. But when & if you are in the land where you don't get pohe, it's OK to try once in a while.

Orzo Pohe
Ingredients
2/3 cup orzo
1/3 cup frozen mixed vegetables
salt to taste
4 cups water

1 key lime, squeezed
A pinch of sugar

Tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 onion, chopped
1 sprig curry leaf, torn
2 green chilies, chopped
1 medium potato, peeled & chopped

Method
1. Add orzo and water in a big saucepan. Add frozen veggies and salt to taste. Bring to a rapid boil. Lower the gas and let it cook till orzo is cooked. Or follow the cooking directions on the packet of orzo. Drain & keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a wide saucepan or wok. Add all the seeds. As they splutter, add onion, curry leaves & green chilies. Saute for about 5 minutes till onion is soft. Now, add potato pieces. Add 1 tbsp water. Cover and let it cook till potato is soft.

3. Now add cooked orzo. Stir well. Check for salt. Add a pinch of sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice.

4. I like to sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper before serving.

5. Serve with some protein on sides.

Note -
1. You can garnish with some chopped cilantro/coriander leaves.
2. You can sprinkle some spicy sev on top!

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