Food galore: After #Maggi, #Vishwa_Poha_Divas trends on Twitter

  • Gulshankumar Wankar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2015 12:09 IST

The aroma of the popular Indian snack 'poha' wafted across Twitter on the first weekend after Maggi noodles disappeared from the shelves and kitchens across the country over safety concerns. With jokes on #Maggi and #MaggiBan being overcooked, #Vishwa_poha_divas became the new serving on Twitter.

When Sunday breakfasts were completely Maggi-less, people resorted to different quick bites like poha, upma and idlis, which had for long been sidelined by snacks such as the two-minute noodles.

For the uninitiated, poha is a popular snack of flattened or flaked rice that is soaked and shallow fried with potato and carrot slices, coriander, peas, peanuts and other condiments. Garnishing poha with coconut powder and sev makes it more enticing when served with lemon slices or pickle.

Across central India, versions of poha vary, ranging from aloo-poha in the western belt to tarri-poha in eastern Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Here's what tweeples had to say about #Vishwa_Poha_Divas, like this user who preached about not crying over the #MaggiBan and finding "support" in poha.

Yes! Serving poha for family meetings is symbolic to fixing up marriages in Maharashtra. They like poha first, then the girl who made it!

And this user from Indore doesn't need a day to eat poha. Well, most of its fans don't really.

As if Maggi's testing results were not enough proofs, they still try to convince us:

Nothing is spared in politics, not even poha.

And the old joke has a comeback day:

Seriously, in this social media savvy world, the "right to trend" anything is as common as poha in Indian households.

Clearly, most of them have changed their menu for the breakfast after the trends, while many might continue to have this for lunch as well.

Forget Butter Chicken ji, Sunday ke lunch me poha banao jee! It's #Vishwa_Poha_Divas!

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