A while ago, I came across this very interesting article on How the previous day’s rotis or Stale Rotis are very good for diabetics to consume – Sounds intriguing right?
Roti, Chapati or Poli as Maharashtrians term as ‘bread’ is one food item made and consumed every single day in an Indian household. While it is very difficult to estimate the exact number of rotis a person might consume, we are more often left with leftovers which no one is ready to eat the next day.
Since we are also magicians in terms of converting leftovers, Maharashtrians in particular, have managed to convert the rotis into a delicious breakfast bowl called Phodnichi Poli. A breakfast dish that I eternally love and make it the first chance I get with leftover rotis at home. The Phodnichi Poli is also called as Poli Upma or Roti Upma too.
The Maharashtrian Breakfast, Phodnichi Poli is a quick, easy to cook, basic ingredients available at home kind of breakfast. Ready in a jiffy, they resemble kanda pohe (flattened rice), this is extremely filling breakfast option too.
Very Similar to this recipe, the Maharashtrians cook a dish with leftover rice called Phodnicha Bhaat which is equally delicious and also had as a breakfast option.
The term ‘Phodni’ means tempering in Marathi and ‘Poli’ means roti or phulkas. The best part about this dish is that it doesn’t require any fancy side dish or chutney. May be a dash of sukki lasanachi chutney (garlic dry chutney) and piping hot chaha or tea in Marathi, you are good to go!
Maharashtrian Breakfast recipes are my second favourite after South Indian Cuisine since I have been enjoying them like a true Mumbaikar since childhood. If you like Maharasthrian Breakfast recipes, you can try the Sabudana Khichdi which is a crowd favourite, whether fasting or not OR one of my favourites, Tandalache Ghavan.
How to Make Phodnichi Poli?
- Coarsely grind the leftover polis or rotis in a mixer grinder.
- Finely chop onions, Add some curry leaves, mustard seeds, hing etc.
- A quick toss of these onions, spices and ground polis, you are ready with a bowl of piping hot breakfast.
The recipe is not gluten free as it contains wheat. You can however, follow the same process with Ragi or Nagliche Bhakris, Jowar or Bajra rotis too for a gluten free breakfast bowl. Traditionally, this is made with leftover Wheat Flour Rotis only.
Food Wastage has been increasing over the years and while we are focusing on energy conservation, we forget that food wastage is one of the biggest culprits of energy loss. We need to make future generations responsible and equip our kitchens to handle excess food by planning and donating religiously. With growing nuclear families, cooking small portions and dealing with leftovers by converting them into nutritious breakfast options is our biggest bet!
Let us look at the recipe of Phodnichi Poli below with step by step pics.
Recipe of Phodnichi Poli with step by step pics
Prep Time – 15 mins
Cook Time – 10 mins
- 10 nos. A day old Rotis or Phulkas
- 2 medium onions finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp of haldi powder or turmeric
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- Few green chillies finely chopped
- Few sprigs of curry leaves
- Few coriander leaves finely chopped
- A pinch of asafoetida
- 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp of jeera or cumin seeds
- 1 or 2 whole red chillies broken
- 2 tblsp oil
- salt to taste
- Roughly tear the leftover rotis and coarsly grind them into a mixer grinder (as shown in the pic below).
- Heat a kadhai, add oil, crackle the mustard seeds followed by some hing and cumin seeds.
- Add the red chillies, curry leaves and green chillies. Saute for few minutes.
- Now add the onions and cook them until translucent.
- Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and some salt to taste. (Roti dough contains salt so add accordingly) and mix well.
- Now add the coarsely ground rotis and mix everything well together. Cook this with a lid on for 5 mins on low flame until the rotis soften up a little.
- Add the finely chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
- Serve piping hot with a side of curd or chutney of your choice.
- To achieve coarse ground roti mixture, refrigerate the leftover rotis or polis.
- The Phodnichi poli can be made with fresh rotis too. However, the leftover or day old rotis work best. They are slightly dry and the exact texture which is required.
- You can adjust the quantity of red chillies or green chillies for this dish. You can also add some garlic cloves if you like.
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