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Poha Recipe

Poha Recipe is flattened rice and it is one of the most popular breakfast options all over India. And the reason of its popularity lies in the ease of its preparation. Okay, not just that… it is easy on the stomach, tastes good even if not served hot, allows customization, doesn’t call for many ingredients and is super delicious to eat. Okay so even I never realized all this about poha earlier, am glad I am writing this post.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Poha

Poha needs poha. I mean obviously, we need poha to make it. Now there is N number of ways poha is made in India But this one is my favorite. It reminds me of vegetable dum biryani. I prepare the poha and its toppings separately. This not only makes it super delicious but also gives a choice of selection to everyone. I add onions, potatoes, mint leaves and peanuts to poha. Each of these is deep fried separately and added later. Poha is garnished with fresh coriander and lemon juice.

Other healthy yet delicious recipes on the blog are

Upma, vegetable dalia, doodhi muthia, vegetable idlis etc.

Team up poha with

Masala chai, onion raita (yes, poha tastes awesome with onion raita), green chutney etc.


A very popular and healthy breakfast option – POHA

Ingredients for Poha

3 cups poha

2 medium size onions, thinly sliced

2 medium size potatoes cut into thin wedges

Handful of fresh mint leaves

¼ cup peanuts

2 tbsp oil + oil for frying

1 tsp mustard seeds

Few curry leaves

Salt to taste

¼ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp sugar

Handful of chopped coriander

Juice of 2 lemons

How to make poha recipe

1. Fry onions

In deep pan heat 3-4 tbsp oil or as much required. Add 2 sliced onions. Fry them on low flame till crisp and brown. Keep aside. For that maater we have to keep all the toppings aside initially.


2. Fry potatoes

In the same hot oil, add 2 sliced potatoes. Cook till golden brown.


3. Fry mint leaves

Now add handful of mint leaves in that hot oil. Cook till crisp.


4. Fry peanuts

In the same oil, add ¼ cup peanuts. Cook on low flame till crunchy.


Tip: To check whether peanuts are cooked or not, just drop one in a steel bowl. You will hear a solid sound. If you hear a soft sound, the peanuts need further cooking. Hope I have been able to explain what I meant.

5. Wash and soak poha

To wash poha, take 3 cups poha in a large bowl or colander. And wash it nicely. Thereafter soak it in some water till it is soft. To remove the water, put it in a large colander and let the water drain out.


6. Season poha

Once the poha is drained, take it out in a large plate. Add salt to taste, 1 tsp sugar, ½ tsp red chilli powder and ¼ tsp turmeric powder. Mix everything well.


7. Cook poha

Heat 2 tbsp oil. You may use the same oil you had been using for deep frying. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds. Once they crackle add curry leaves. I was short of curry leaves, so couldn’t add them. Add seasoned poha. Cook on low flame for 5-6 minutes.


8. Garnish 

Switch off the flame, add handful of chopped coriander and juice of 2 lemons or 1 large lemon. And mix.


9. Add toppings

Add all the fried toppings and mix everything very well.

Tip: Here you may customise the topping as per everyone’s preference. For example I don’t add onions, mint and peanuts for my daughter. Yes she only likes fried potatoes.


10. Bon appétit

Serve with masala tea.

Poha Recipe


  • You may also add some fried green chillies and coconut flakes.

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