140g/5oz poha rice (aka flaked or thick flattened rice)
3 tbsp olive oil
½ whole brown mustard seeds
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp whole cumin seeds
1 dried hot chili
10-15 fresh curry leaves, lightly crushed
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 tsp sugar and salt to taste
2-3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, to garnish
4 wedges of lime or lemon, to serve
For the salad
1 round lettuce, washed and leaves separated
¼ cucumber, chopped
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
Boil the potatoes until cooked. Drain and set aside to cool, then peel and cut into 1cm/½in cubes. Put the rice in a sieve and wash gently but thoroughly under cold running water. Empty it into a bowl, cover generously with water and leave to soak for two minutes. Drain and leave in the sieve set over a bowl.
Put the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and set it over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and chili (whatever type you are using). As soon as the mustard seeds start to pop, a matter of seconds, add the curry leaves (take care as they will splutter), then the celery and potatoes. Lower to a medium heat and fry, stirring now and again, for 3-4 minutes or until the celery and potatoes are slightly browned, then add the turmeric.
Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the top and stir. Add the poha rice, gently breaking up any lumps, and sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon sugar over the top. Cook on a low heat for 3-4 minutes, tossing frequently by lifting all the ingredients from the bottom of the pan with a flat spatula and folding them over, until the poha is heated through. Cover and set aside until you are ready to eat.
To make the salad, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. To serve, garnish the poha potatoes with fresh coriander and serve with lime or lemon wedges.