Quick Poha (Flattened Rice) Recipe

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on February 21, 2013

For me, Poha (or pohe or powa) is a childhood favorite. Although a breakfast dish in the Indian state of Maharashtra, we used to have poha as an evening snack after school. Whether you make this poha recipe for breakfast, as a main dish or as a snack, its quick, filling, and tasty.

Batata poha is made with potatoes. Kanda poha is made with onions. This recipe is sort of two-in-one. You can add the potatoes if you like, if not, just stick with the onions. You can also toss in some frozen peas, edamame or mixed frozen vegetables.

Quick Poha Recipe

serves 2-3

Ingredients
2 cups thick (mota) poha
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
3 tablespoons peanuts
1/2 cup minced onion (about 1 medium onion)
6 curry leaves
1 green chili, minced
1/2 cup boiled, peeled, cubed potato or frozen green peas. Both are optional.
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish

Method
1. Place the poha in a colander and wash it under cold water. Set aside to drain. Do this just before cooking – the poha shouldn’t sit for more than 10 minutes (or it will get mushy).

2.Heat the oil in a wok and add black mustard seeds. When they pop, add the peanuts and cook on medium heat till the peanuts turn lightly golden.

3.Then add the onion, curry leaf and green chili. Sauté on medium heat till the onion is translucent.

4. Then add the cubed potatoes or green peas, if using. Stir well.

5. Sprinkle turmeric and salt. Stir and cook for a few seconds.

6. Add the drained poha and lime juice. Cook on low heat for about 3 minutes.

7. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

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1 Shashi Jain February 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

I love my poha without the curry leaf and with caramelized onions. I also put namkeen of some sort on top.. bhujia or some other spicy mix.

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2 vanamala February 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

Yes best recipe & quick…nice..

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3 Rosa February 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

Wonderful and so fragrant!

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Shalini Samuel February 24, 2013 at 4:25 am

Your recipe is so colourful.. Will try it

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5 Shayari February 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Awesome recipe very tasty

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6 Nat @ The Apple Diaries February 25, 2013 at 3:00 am

Such an interesting breakfast meal. I love that your food comes with a story :) can almost smell this through my screen! Delicious!

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7 Pepper Bowl February 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

Poha…We love to have this as a snack in the evening time…which is very filling, and delicious too!!

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8 Janani February 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Lovely dish very healthy and must include in our day to day stressful life.loving it dear.

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9 Elizabeth Mars March 9, 2013 at 2:24 am

I love poha. A friend used to always make it for me for Sunday brekkie and she called it Indian cornflakes.

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10 J VIJAY May 2, 2013 at 1:29 am

Poha is anytime favourite of mine -but the way you cook is having excellent texture and can’t resist to ask more…………..

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11 MADHU KRISHNA June 6, 2013 at 4:11 am

This recipe is very colourful and this poha recipe is very much liked by children and it is easy to make. Thank you

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12 Kumar's Kitchen July 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Kanda-batata poha is a favorite snack at home, however like them even better with some peas as your recipe suggests, they add loads of color to the simple dish, yummmm…:-)

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13 vivek August 10, 2013 at 3:43 am

it is areal appetizer.

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14 vivek August 10, 2013 at 3:47 am

it is a real appetizer.i don’t want to look it again and again as it’s making me hungry,also it’s evening time when i am replying.what else could anyone ask than this yummy poha to eat and write ……

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15 Lisa May 15, 2014 at 4:35 am

I recently took the plunge and bought poha at the asian market, today i made your recipe (a simple version without peas or potatoes, just for a snack) and i am an instant convert! ;) Cheers, Lisa

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