Poha Recipe

Poha Recipe

Poha is one of India’s most popular breakfasts.

Originally native to Maharashtra in Western India, poha is a light fluffy dish made with flattened rice seasoned with onions, potatoes and warming spices.


  • 1.5 cups poha ( flatten rice) 114 grams, use thick poha
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon salt divided, adjust to taste
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 10 ml
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1.5 tablespoons raw peanuts
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2 green chili chopped
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1/2 lemon juice


  1. To a strainer, add flattened rice (poha). Rinse it under running water until it turns soft.
  2. Add turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the poha and toss to combine.
  3. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. add the mustard seeds and let them pop.
  4. Add the peanuts and sauté for a minute or two until they start turning brown.
  5. Add the chopped onion, green chili and curry leaves and cook for 2 minutes until the onions soften.
  6. Add in the rinsed poha and toss to combine.
  7. Taste test some poha and if it feels dry, sprinkle a little water all over.
  8. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Add the sugar (if using)
  10. Cover the pan with a lid and turn heat to low. Let it be like that for 2 minutes.
  11. Turn off the heat and squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.
  12. Serve in your coconut bowl.

Poha makes for a perfect snack and is loaded with probiotics and health benefits while being light and easy on the stomach.

Recipe by Melbourne Food Blogger: @mamtasfoodworld

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