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poha recipe served in a white bowl garnished with coriander leaves and roasted peanuts spoon on the side
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Poha is a most popular breakfast or snack recipe made with flattened rice (poha), onions, roasted peanuts, and a few spices.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Keyword kanda poha, poha, pohe
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan
Method Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 353kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1.5 cups poha (flattened rice) thick to medium flakes
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion (about ¾ cup), finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato cut int ½ inch pieces, (or ½ cup mixed veggies)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon sugar optional
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves for garnish


  • Gently rinse poha in a colander under running water and drain out all the water. When you press with your fingers, it should break easily. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add raw peanuts and fry until they turn golden brown. Remove the peanuts to a plate and set them aside.
  • In the same kadai, add mustard and cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Then add green chilies, curry leaves, and chopped onion. Saute until onions turn soft and translucent.
  • Next, add diced potatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes till they are tender and perfectly cooked. (You can also use pre-boiled cubed potatoes to it and saute for 2 minutes).
  • Add rinsed and drained poha, turmeric, salt, and sugar. Mix everything well.
  • If you feel the poha is too dry, sprinkle some water all over. Cover it with a lid and cook for 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Turn off the heat. Add lime juice and roasted peanuts, and give a quick mix. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with Masala chai or Coffee.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 652mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 5mg