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What is Kanda Poha recipe? 

Kanda Poha recipe is basically flattened/beaten rice. Kanda means onion. So basically Kanda poha is poha prepared with onions and some basic spices. Poha is one of the staple breakfasts of India. In different states, poha is prepared in different ways.  Kanda poha is a Maharashtrian preparation but because of its simplicity it is prepared in different parts of the country.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Kanda poha

Kanda poha calls for poha that is pressed rice or flattened rice and lots of onion. Thick variety of poha should be used. To soften poha; it just needs to be washed and left for some time.  There is no need to soak it.  Onions are slightly sautéed; there is no need to brown them. To add a little crunch roasted peanuts are added. Apart from that very basic tempering of mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves is used. To add some freshness and flavour, lemon juice and lots of fresh coriander is used.

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Kanda Poha Recipe

Ingredients for Kanda poha

  • 2 cups beaten rice (thick poha)
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1-2 green chillies slit
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Handful of chopped coriander

How to make Kanda poha

1. Wash poha

To soften poha, take 2 cups of poha in a colander. Pass it under running water. Leave it for some time. After sometime, mash a grain of poha to check if it is completely soft.  If it is not soft sprinkle little water on it and leave it for some time.


2. Prepare tempering

Heat 2 tablespoon oil. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and 2 sprigs of curry leaves. Once everything splutters add one or two slit green chilies. Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder. Sauté everything for 30 to 40 seconds.


3. Add and cook onions

Add 2 chopped onions cook on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till they turn translucent.


4. Add soft poha, salt, sugar, and roasted peanuts

Add everything aforementioned. Cook for 2-3 minutes.  Cover and cook for 1-2 more minutes.


5. Garnish

Switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and a handful of chopped coriander leaves.


6. Bon appetite

Serve hot Kanda poha with masala tea

Kanda Poha Recipe


  • You may also use fresh coconut or sev for garnishing.

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  1. Sushila jaisinghani July 11, 2018

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