10 Out of the box Poha recipes

by Sanjeev Kapoor

When someone in an Indian household asks you "What would you like to eat for breakfast?", Poha is definitely one among the list, isn't it? Flat rice or Poha as we know it is a protein rich and high energy snack that is traditionally prepared with onion, potato, and drizzled with nuts but that's not it. Poha has a number of variations that are absolutely delicious and are prepared with very simple ingredients.

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Gujarati Fusion with poha dhokla

Pressed rice and semolina together make these instant dhoklas which are not just tasty but also pack a health punch. With a perfect tempering of mustard seeds and asafoetida served along with a spicy coriander chutney it satisfies your craving for this Gujarati classic without using high calorie staple - gram flour. Alternatively you could also try this simple Poha idli recipe.

Crunchy sprouts poha

Mixed sprouts add a beautiful crunch and blend with the flavours of a traditional Maharashtrain poha so well. It also increases the health factor of the poha, so you have a final dish that doesn’t just satisfy your taste buds but also the nutritional needs of your body!

Poha Papad

Making papad at home is a fun but time consuming activity and if you are going to indulge in it make sure you try these deliciously simple poha papads. They do need a couple of days of sun drying but you can easily store them for a couple of months to enjoy whenever you want.

Banarasi style Chooda Matar

Chooda matar is Poha as it is made and served in the lanes and by-lanes of Banaras. Pressed rice and green peas are tossed with spcies tempered in ghee and serve with a generous sprinkling of nylon sev on top.  A delicious way to start your day.

Poha Croquettes

These cutlets are perfect as an evening snack or to serve at a party. boiled mashed potatoes, poha and crunchy cashewnuts add a different texture and taste to this aloo tikki recipe. Shallow fried till perfectly golden brown in colour these are delicious when served garma garam with some tomato ketchup.

Chatpata Chivda

Roasted poha mixed with chana dal, peanuts, sesame seeds, dried coconut slices and chatpata masalas tossed together – this snack is simple to make and difficult to resist. Having a big dabba of this in your kitchen cabinet is always a good idea.

Snack Surprise Poha Samosa

This one brings together two classic snack items and the final product is the best of both. Patti samosa wrappers filled with a delicious sweet and spicy onion and poha mixture and deep fried till golden brown and crunchy. Serve these bite sized beauties taste great served with some ketchup or chutney.

Rice Flake Fish

Made with minimum, fuss free ingredients this recipe is a sure shot hit for a party. Filets of fish marinated in a simple masala, topped with poha and baked in the oven. Baking the poha gives it a delicious crunch which is a great contrast to the soft flaky fish which is the best part about this recipe.

Methi Brown Poha Biryani

A high fibre mix of brown rice and brown price poha turned into a delicious biryani so you can eat to your heart’s content without any guilt. The addition of sweet corn kernels give a wonderful taste and texture in each bite. Serve this super healthy biryani piping hot with some salad or raita and you are good to go.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.