Yesterday was my grandmother's 80th birthday and recipe for today is her speciality. She would make this every year for Sri Rama Navami celebration at our local temple as offering. Yesterday made the same and offered it to my local temple. This makes an excellent dish when you have to feed a crowd and tastes even better next day.
2 cups poha ( Makes for about 1/2 tray, I use the thick variety)
about 2-3 cups of tamarind juice ( must be of consistency like tea or coffee)
salt according to taste
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp haldi
2 large onions cubed
8-10 green chilies
2 tbsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp urad dal
2 tbsp channa dal
1/2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
a pinch of astefodia/hing
few springs of curry leaves
1 cup of peanuts/cashew nuts
1/2 cup oil ( seriously its not to much, you don't get the flavor without it)
1. In a large vessel big enough to hold 2 cups of poha , add tamarind juice, salt and sugar, make sure poha is well moistened not too much covered, too much tamarind juice will make poha soggy.
2. Allow it to soak tamarind juice at least for about 2hrs, check in between and make sure it mix it to avoid getting it lumpy and sticky.
5. Add onions and saute till they turn golden brown.
6. Now add soaked poha and mix well till all the seasoning is well incorporated.
7. Check for salt and adjust, if required add more sugar to cut down tangyness from tamarind.
8. Allow it to cool and serve with yogurt.
Its tangy and caramelized onions add sweet flavor, end result happy stomach :)