Monday, May 24, 2010


Chidwa is one of my Monday morning saviour recipes. Quick to fix, especially, in the microwave, while the stove top can be used for some task. It is a Maharashtrian dish and is a family favourite.
The recipe is for serving two and done in a microwave where the output/ 100% power is 900 watts. Please adjust times according to the output of your machine.
1 cup beaten rice/ poha/ aval
1 medium onion chopped
2 green chillis chopped
2 tablespoons peanuts, shelled, roasted in the microwave on high for 2&1/2 minutes
Few curry leaves
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon channa dhal
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
Salt as per required
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish.

Wash the beaten rice well, twice or thrice until the running water is almost clean.
Drain all the water, add the turmeric powder and the salt and mix well. Allow to rest for a few minutes until the poha is soft.
In a microwave proof bowl, place the oil and heat on 100% power for 30 seconds.
Add the mustard seeds and keep again on high, allowing the mustard seeds to crackle.
Add the channa dhal and the peanuts. Cook this for 2 minutes on 100% power.
To the above add the green chillis, chopped onions and the curry leaves. Saute’ on 100% power for 3 minutes and a half, stirring once in between.
Add the beaten rice, mix well and place in the microwave. Cook, with the lid on, at 100% power for 3 minutes and then reduce to 60% power and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Allow a standing time of 1 minute.
Remove add the juice of lime and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with any chutney.


  1. welcome back Lata....Nice simple tasty one

  2. Awesome breakfast in a jiffy. Lovely click.

  3. good to see you back..yummy breakfast..we call it onion poha..

  4. Nice to see you back Latakka. Masala poha is a quick fix breakfast at home too. Nice clicks.

  5. Gud to see you back.....this is my fav bfast too...looks gud

  6. Glad to see u back, fabulous dish to prepare anytime.

  7. Simple recipe for breakfast...nice click!

  8. Welcome back Lata! Chidwa looks great!

  9. Hi Lata,

    Welcome back after a loooing break, We all have missed you. Lovely quick preparation...Also a quick lunch item too! I make this very often for my husband.


  10. Hy Lata,
    First time here...loved your space and the healthy collection of recipes...Am your new follower now...:)
    You are most welcome to my space.

  11. I love this dish so much. I could eat 3 times a day! Looks yum.

  12. Good to see you back in action. Aval upma, as we call it, is a quick fix dish that I resort to quite often.

  13. Welcome Back Lataji, Good 2 c ur post!!! Chidwa looks inviting!!! Esp. with the kadakmudak of Chana dal and Peanuts, MMMM!!! yummy!!!!


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