How to make Poha -

Also known as kanda poha, this is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast item.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Onions (प्याज़ ), Thick poha

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Snacks and Starters


Poha Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Poha Recipe

  • Onions finely chopped 3 medium

  • Thick poha 2 cups

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Roasted peanuts crushed ¼ cup

  • Curry leaves 8-10

  • Green chillies seeded and slit 3-4

  • Salt to taste

  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Wash poha thoroughly. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add asafoetida, turmeric powder and peanuts. Mix well.

Step 3

Add curry leaves, green chillies and onion. Mix and sauté till onion is translucent.

Step 4

Add salt to poha and add to the pan. Mix well, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Step 5

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

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