The other day when I wrote the recipe for sweet poha porridge, I had mentioned that my mom has poha mixed with curd. Once when mom was eating dahi poha, Devansh grabbed her spoon and had some from her bowl. Mom said Devansh liked it and so I decided to make some for him. It is such an easy and short recipe; all you need is curd, poha, some ginger, and lemon, and this dish will be ready in five minutes flat. Chopped coriander tastes really good in dahi poha, but these days Devansh has become fussy about coriander in his food, especially raw coriander. So I don’t add any in dahi poha for him. Most toddlers find it difficult to chew raw coriander, so it’s up to you whether you want to add coriander or leave it out.
First couple of times I made dahi poha, I didn’t add any milk in dahi. But then the third tme, Devansh told me, “Aai hyachya madhe dudu ghal” (add some milk in this). So now-a-days I add milk in his dahi poha. I personally think this dish tastes better when you use thin poha. But you must use organic poha if you want to use thin poha in your food, as you cannot wash thin poha; it becomes lumpy/soggy otherwise. If you are using non-organic poha, you must wash the poha thoroughly to remove all traces of pesticides from it. This time my dahi poha became lumpy by the time I fed it to Devanash because clicking its snap took some 5-10 minutes. But luckily Devansh still liked it and finished it off. My kiddo loves dahi poha, I am sure yours will too.
Dahi Poha Recipe (Flattened Rice with Curd)
- 1 cup thin organic poha flattened rice
- 3/4 th cup curds
- 1/4 th cup milk optional
- Half tsp grated ginger
- Half tsp lemon juice optional
- Half tsp chopped coriander optional
- 1/4 th tsp jeera cumin seeds powder
- Half tsp organic sugar
- Salt to taste
- Take curd and milk in a bowl. (Milk is optional if the curd is sweet. If it's even slightly sour though, it's better to add some milk.)
- Add grated ginger, lemon juice, jeera powder, and salt. (You can grate extra ginger and squeeze one lemon in it. You can keep this mixture in the fridge for future use. It will stay unspoiled for 2-3 weeks at least, as lemon is a natural preservative.)
- Mix the contents in the bowl properly. (Add the poha without washing only if you are using organic poha. Otherwise, you will need to wash it thoroughly before using it. Of course, you cannot wash thin poha because after washing it'll become lumpy/soggy. So if you want to use non-organic poha, use thick poha.)
- Add poha and mix it properly with the mixture in the bowl.
- Add chopped coriander and mix it properly. (Most toddlers don't like to chew coriander especially when it is raw. So adding coriander is optional.)
- Feed your child dahi poha immediately after it's made as it'll become soggy if you keep it aside for some time.