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Poha Recipe – Simple, Fast, Delicious, Nutritious


Poha is one of the famous Indian breakfast. It mainly consists of flattened rice, some vegetables, and peanuts.

This dish is well-known all-over India and is widely opted as morning breakfast and also as an evening snack.

Poha Recipe FInal

This recipe is super easy to prepare and takes very little time. Hence a convenient option in day to day life. Moreover, its nutritional value makes it suitable for everyone. (As calories are always on everyone’s mind. 😊 )

Poha calories: One plate of poha contains approximately 190 calories. If weight loss is on your mind, then going for this as breakfast is an ideal choice as it keeps you satiated and keeps you full for good amount of time.

In this blog, we will discuss how to make poha. There are a lot of variants to it like kanda poha, kanda batata poha, Indori poha, Gujrati poha. These follow basic recipe with some of the ingredients tweaked.

When prepared with onions, green chilies, curry leaves,it’s called Kanda Poha. 

Adding potatoes, green peas are optional but when used they make this dish taste more authentic and make it healthier. When potatoes and onion both are added, it is called Kanda Batata Poha.

In North India, Indori poha recipe is being used, where fennel seeds are added to this dish while preparing and a mixture of chat masala, black salt, red chilly powder and roasted cumin powder are used as a seasoning.

Now let us have a look at ingredients required and overall the time required for cooking.


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


-2 cups of flattened rice (thick poha)

-2 tbsp of oil

-4 tbsp of peanuts

-3/4 tbsp of mustard seeds/cumin seeds

-2 to 3 green chilies, finely chopped

-5 to 6 curry leaves

-1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped

-1/4 tbsp of turmeric powder

-Salt as needed

-1 tbsp of sugar

-1 medium-sized potato, finely chopped

-2 tbsp of green peas

-2 tbsp of coriander, finely chopped

-2 tbsp of grated coconut

-Shev as needed

-Lemon juice as per taste

                  ingredients of poha
Step 1: Add flattened rice (poha) to strainer. Wash the flattened rice under running water.Keep the strainer aside. Keep the strainer in such a way that the water drips off slowly from the strainer.
poha put poha to strainer

Step 2: After 2 to 3 minutes, add salt to the poha which is in strainer. I even add little bit of sugar to it. After adding this, mix it well and keep aside.

poha recipe salt sugar strainer

Step 3Heat oil in the pan/kadhai on medium flame.

Step 4: Add peanuts to the pan and sauté for 1 minute or until they become slightly brown in color.
poha recipe peanuts

Step 5: Now add mustard seeds or cumin seeds or both.

Add cumin seeds

Step 6: Once they splutter, add finely cut green chili, chopped onions. You can even add diced potatoes if you like. Also, green peas can be added to enhance the taste.

poha recipe vegetables turmeric

Step 7Sauté them for about two minutes.

Step 8: Add turmeric powder and mix everything well.

Step 9: Now transfer the poha from strainer to the pan.

Adjust salt as needed.

poha final

Step 10: Squeeze lemon and add chopped coriander to the pan.

Step 11: Mix everything well or toss to combine.

Step 12: Cover the pan with lid and keep on low flame for 3-4 minutes.

Step 13: Remove poha from pan to serving dish.

Step 14: Garnish it either by adding Shev over it or grated coconut.
You can even add finely chopped onion on it.
Garnish the dish

I like spicy food and hence I make it quite spicy by using more green chilies.

This dish can be better enjoyed with a cup of tea.


Key Points

1.Always pick thick poha. Thin poha is not suitable for this recipe as it turns to mesh as soon as rinsed with water.

2.While rinsing poha, take care it does turn mesh due to excessive water. Rinse it under running water, however, do not rinse it under high-speed water. Keep the water speed moderate.

3.Add green peas and potatoes to taste it authentic. My mom sometimes even adds finely chopped cauliflower.

4.Add some sugar to balance the taste and flavor.

Health Benefits

1. Blood Sugar Level Controlled

Poha bolsters a slow and steady release of sugar into the blood and hence avoid sudden spikes in blood sugar levels.

2. Good Carbs

Poha is made up of 77% of carbohydrates. It is a healthy breakfast providing carbs that provide energy to the body to carry out daily functions.

3. Iron-rich

Poha is rich in iron as the production process of  it  needs the rice to pass through iron rollers. The flattened rice retains the iron from the process and hence is rich in iron.

4. Easily Digested

It is light on the stomach. It will never cause bloating.

5. Low in Calories

It is low in calories. 

I love this dish and usually prepare it twice a week as it is one of my favorite breakfasts.

Do give it a try and share your experience.

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1 Comment

  1. very nice explanation
    I will try this recipe very soon
    you have a great information about indian kanda poha
    I like your muktas kichan very much

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