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Poha is one of the famous Indian breakfast that is made using flattened rice.


Some more breakfast recipes you may like – Moonglet, Sabudana Vada, Apple Fruit Chaat, Semiya Upma.

There are a lot of variants to poha like kanda poha, kanda batata poha, Batata Poha, Indori poha, Gujrati poha.

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

When prepared using onions, potatoes, green chilies, curry leaves, it is called Kanda Batata Poha. If you skip onions completely then it’s a Batata Poha.

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.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Overall Time: 20 minutes


-2 cups of flattened rice (thick poha)

-4 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 (optional)

-2 tbsp of coriander, finely chopped

-2 tbsp of grated coconut (optional)

-Shev as needed

-Lemon juice as per taste

1: Add flattened rice  to strainer.

Take poha in strainer

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

Wash poha under running water

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

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

Add peanuts to the pan

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

Add cumin seeds to pan

6: Once they splutter, add finely cut green chili, chopped onions and diced potatoes. You can entirely skip onions if you wish and add only diced potatoes. Also, you may add green peas but again it’s optional. Sauté them for about 5 minutes.

Make sure the veggies do not get burnt. Monitor it continuously.

Once the veggies are cooked well, add turmeric powder and mix everything well.

Add chopped veggies to the pan

8: Now transfer the flattened rice from strainer to the pan.

Adjust salt as needed.

Add poha, mix well. Adjust salt.

8: Squeeze lemon and add chopped coriander to the pan.

9: Mix everything well or toss to combine.

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

11: Transfer poha from pan to serving dish.

Garnish it with chopped coriander or coconut flakes or chopped onions.

Poha is ready


1.Use thick poha and not thin poha.

2.While making poha, if you feel that poha is looking dry then add some oil to poha, mix again and let it cook on low flame for couple of minutes.

3.You can add veggies of your choice to poha including green peas, potatoes, tomatoes. I sometimes even add finely chopped cauliflower to poha.

4. Make sure you add lemon juice to the poha as it uplifts the taste of poha.

5.Garishing the poha with finely chopped coriander leaves and grated fresh coconut enhances the taste of poha a lot.

Do give it a try and let me know how it tasted. 🙂

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