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In most amchi households breakfast on a Friday would be Phova Chutney with Chana Upkari. However I fail to understand the significance of eating Chana only on a Friday, and to this date I am not particular at all. In fact I end up making only phova chutney since I do not like Chana Upkari. Last night I realised that it had been ages since I prepared Phova Chutney and what a coincidence that it was a Friday! Of course I still didn’t make the Chana upkari, but enjoyed my simple breakfast! 🙂

This is what you’ll need

Thin poha: 1 1/2 cups

Coconut: 1/2 cup

To be coarsely ground

Coconut: 1/4 cup

Coriander seeds: 2tsp

Cumin seeds: 1tsp

Red chillies: 3 (roasted)

Tamarind: Pea sized ball

Jaggery: 3-4tbsp

Salt to taste


Mustard seeds: 1tsp

Curry leaves: Few

Oil: 1tsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Grind the ingredients listed under “to be ground coarsely” and empty it in a bowl.

2. To this, add the coconut and the poha, mixing well, until the poha is well coated with the churnu (ground mixture)

3. Heat oil in a small seasoning pan and season with the mustard seeds and curry leaves.

4. Pour over the poha chutney mixture and serve immediately.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2-3

* If you like the poha soft, mix and keep for a while.





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  1. Aarthi says:

    Hi, I love your website and your recipes. I have tried so many of them and they all turned out awesome. Thank you so much. FYI, the significance of making channa poha or any channa dish on Fridays is because it is considered auspicious, as it is Goddess Lakshmi’s day and eating channa that day is supposed to be a good thing to attract wealth or so they say. LOL… Anyways, I personally feel the whole channa on Fridays, horsegram on saturdays for shani, same different grains and legumes throughout the week was done as a dietary measure in order to consume different grains and legumes to stay healthy.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for trying them out Aarthi and thanks for the feedback. True what you say about the pulses and legumes.A good way to include protein in your diet.

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