Poha, the most popular and loved breakfast of Indians! Paddy is parboiled, sun-dried and rolled/flattened to make this most commonly used breakfast ingredient.

Poha is prepared in all the Indian households and almost every state has its own poha recipe. In Maharashtra, it is cooked with onions and is called Kanda poha. In Gujarat, potatoes are added in poha to make Batata poha. In Indore, it is topped with lots of Indori sev, boondi etc and served with hot jalebis. Likewise, Banaras has its own way of making poha wherein peas and garam masala dominates the dish.  And so on, after all, there are 29 states in India.

Why? Why is Poha so popular?

Poha is liked by all those who make it as well as those who eat it. It is so because

  • Poha is quick to make. I wake up half an hour late when poha has to be prepared for breakfast. And when I wake up half an hour late (because of missed alarms) I prepare poha for breakfast (haha).
  • Poha is very easy and simple to cook. One doesn’t need any expertise to make poha. Novice cooks, bachelors, hostellers, anyone can make poha.
  • Poha can be prepared in a number of ways. As discussed above there are many ways to make poha. Not only there are many recipes of poha, but there are also many using poha too. Yes, you don’t need to make poha with poha. You know what I mean. Be ready to take a break and surprise yourself and your family with interesting poha recipes for breakfast.
  • Poha makes good kids’ tiffin option too as it remains soft and moist even after coming to the room temperature. Further poha can be topped with something of their choice such as their favorite namkeen, chopped tomatoes, pomegranate arils, grated coconut and so on.
  • The most important reason for the popularity is something I will be discussing now, at the end because it calls for a long discussion. Poha is popular because of its health benefits, which are as follows
  1. Poha is light on the stomach. People with poor digestion can easily have it. I know many people who have poha not only for breakfast but also for a light lunch or dinner. And it is very common to make poha for kids and everyone in the evening to settle those hunger pangs.
  2. Poha is rich in carbs. It gives the energy to work as it keeps full for long.
  3. Flatten rice preparations are low on calories. So even the weight watchers can relish poha. And most important poha recipes can be customized as per taste and requirement.
  4. Poha can be made healthier by including sprouts, peanuts, curry leaves, and other vegetables as per choice.
  5. Poha is a good source of iron. Lemon juice is added to poha as it not only increases its flavors but also helps to digest the iron in poha.
  6. Poha is a gluten-free ingredient. People who are allergic to wheat products can eat poha.

Here is a collection of different poha recipespoha recipes

Poha Recipes

This has to top the list of poha recipes as it is my favorite recipe for poha. Perfectly cooked poha topped with caramelized onions, crispy potatoes, and crunchy peanuts is a Sunday breakfast poha recipe at my place.

For the recipe of poha please click here.POHA

Poha Palak Cutlets

These are crowd pleasers. I love to make poha palak cutlets at tea time on a breezy or rainy day. It can also be prepared as a party appetizer. Although it has spinach, which is not a kids favorite thing, still poha palak cutlets are relished by the little ones too.

For the recipe of poha palak cutlets please click here.

Banarasi Chura Matar

The reason why I prepared this recipe is that the name really attracted me and I fall for it. But then I realized that the dish has so much more to it. A very distinct preparation of poha with altogether different flavors!

For the recipe of banarasi chura matar please click here.chura matar 3

Poha rolls

It is okay to take a break from healthy poha recipe and indulge in something that is fried because; since it is fried it is so crispy.

For the recipe of poha rolls please click here.Poha Rolls Recipe

Poha Masala

Often there is a little sachet of some spice mix in the packet of poha. Whichever state you are in, whatever poha recipe you may be making, you sprinkle that on your poha. And when it is over or at times when the packet doesn’t contain that sachet, you miss it. Not anymore. Here is the poha masala recipe.

For the recipe of poha masala please click here.poha masala

Indori Poha

Indore is famous for its poha. And other things too! Indori poha looks so elaborate and appetizing but it is pretty easy, simple and quick to make.

For the recipe of Indori poha please click here.Indori Poha recipe

Poha Cutlets

Crispy patties with lots of vegetables, which are pan-fried to cook, keeping the calories and health quotient in mind, are super delicious and can be extended to make burgers etc.

For the recipe of poha cutlets please click here.POHA CUTLETS

Kanda Poha

Kanda means onions in the Marathi language. Kanda poha belongs to Maharashtra. A very simple and easy preparation! Just top it with some bareek sev to add little more zing.

For the recipe of Kanda poha please click here.KANDA POHA

Usal Poha

Usal is a preparation of sprouted moong or beans. Beans are sprouted and cooked in simple yet delectable gravy. This power packed usal when combined with already healthy poha makes a great breakfast option.

For the recipe of usal poha please click here.usal poha

Batata Poha

Another simple preparation from the state of Gujarat, equally popular is Maharashtra is Batata poha. Bata means potatoes and this recipe uses cubes potatoes which add a nice bite and flavor to poha.

For the recipe of Batata Poha please click here.

 

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