Here is a simple meal idea for a difference from the usual. :) pulkas with bell pepper sabji, aloo poha and a cup of fresh home-made yogurt. When made without garlic and onions this is a wonderful meal for fasting on ekadasi or any other days.

Aloo Poha

  • Poha (Rice flakes) - 1 cup
  • Potato - 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Onion - 1 , finely chopped
  • Green chillies - 3 or 4, slit
  • Roasted peanuts - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, shredded
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
  • Corriander leaves - to garnish
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dhal - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
How to make it:

Soak poha in water for about 10 minutes. Squeeze to drain the water. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. when it splutters, add urad dhal, onions, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Fry until onion turns translucent. Add the potatoes, turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida and cook until potato is well cooked. Add the peanuts. Add the poha and mix well on low flame. Garnish with corriander leaves. Switch off the flame. Close the pan with a tight lid and let it stand until ready to be served. (The poha becomes dry if kept open!)


  • Wheat flour - 2 cups
  • Water - to knead,as required
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp
How to make it:

Mix salt and flour. Add water little by little and make a soft dough. Add oil and knead for one more time. Apply little more oil on dough and set aside for about 3 hours. Make small balls out of the dough and press flat with a rolling pin. Heat a tava, spread the rolled dough and cook until it turns light brown on one side. It puffs up. Now cook the other side of the pulkas by directly showing it over the flame with the help of tongs. Apply some ghee on the pulkas and fold into four. Keep it in a hot pack layered with a thin cloth. Close tightly.

Bell pepper sabji

This is a simple sabji with no much spices or garam masala. But the taste is wonderful!

  • Bell pepper - 1, medium size, chopped
  • Onion - 1, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes - 2, plum medium size, finely chopped
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
  • salt - as required
  • oil- 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - to garnish
How to make it:

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add urad dhal, red chillies and asafoetida. Add onions and fry until it turns light brown. Add the bell pepper and saute until half cooked. Add tomatoes, red chilli powder and salt. Cook for a while. Add 1/2 cup water and cook covered on low heat for about 10 minutes. Garnish with curry leaves.

20 Responses

  1. Finla Says:

    You call this simple for me this is luxury, wish i had this right now.

  2. Thats ultimate comfort food..lovely spread :)

  3. Anupama Says:

    That is a healthy meal idea too... good one :-)

  4. Priya Suresh Says:

    Such a delicious and yummy dishes.ultimate!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    It was rather interesting for me to read this post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

  6. Laavanya Says:

    Oh my that looks soo good. Wish I had that plateful in front of me. Nice combination Anu.

  7. Unknown Says:

    Hi Anu, I was looking onto the site quite frequently to c what recipes ur going to post..Lovely Great combinations..

    Do post the receipes quiet frequently dear anu, there are so many like me who would love to read


  8. Cham Says:

    That is a lovely meal and everyone will enjoy sure :)

  9. lata raja Says:

    Loved the combination meal. Pleasantly simple to cook as well as enjoy!

  10. notyet100 Says:

    loved the template of ur blog,..;-)nd the meal looks yum

  11. Anonymous Says:

    It was extremely interesting for me to read this blog. Thank author for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

  12. Usha Says:

    Anu that platter looks so inviting and delicious, fantastic !

  13. Dershana Says:

    Simple and healthy homely fare

  14. perfect healthy lunch..looks very tempting..Don't know how I missed so many of your previous recipes..:-( didn't notice when you came back after a break..

  15. shankari Says:

    I can have aloo poha & garam chai everyday of the week. Thanks for reminding me to make this:)

  16. Tony Payne Says:

    I have no idea what some of the ingredients are, but it looks and sounds really good.

  17. Srikitchen Says:

    looks yummy!
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