Poha is a one of the most popular breakfasts in many parts of Northern India specially in Maharashtra & Indore. It's preparation varies across different regions and even across different families.
It is a light and tasty meal which is very easy to cook. I have posted a simple recipe to make poha with the minimum required ingredients. You can also add Curry Leaves, Green Chillis, Fried/Boiled Potatoes, Roasted & Salted Peanuts and even Peas if you want.
To make Poha at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
Ingredients For Poha Recipe
- 2 Cups Poha/Flattened Rice (Thick Variety)
- 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
- 1-2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Rai/Mustard Seeds
- 1/2 Teaspoon Haldi/Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- 1 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Chaat Masala (optional)
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
Step By Step Instructions With Photos For Poha Recipe
Wash 2 cups of poha thoroughly. Then drain all the water and leave it to dry out for 5-10 mins.
After 10 mins, add 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder and 1 tsp Salt. Mix the spices lightly with a fork or with your hand, separating them in the process. Do not use too much force otherwise the poha will become mushy.
While waiting for the poha to dry, heat oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp Rai/Mustard Seeds and let them crackle.
When the mustard seeds have stopped crackling, add finely chopped onions and fry for 1 min till the onions have turned soft and golden brown in color.
Add 1-2 finely chopped tomatoes. When the tomatoes have cooked, add 1/2 tsp Haldi/Turmeric Powder, 1 tsp Sugar and optionally 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala.
Now add the poha (mixed with spices) to the pan. Mix lightly to coat the poha in masala. Again, do not apply a lot of force while mixing.
Sprinkle a few drops of Lemon Juice. Poha is ready. Serve it hot, optionally adding some spicy namkeen mixture or bhujiya sev for some extra crunch and flavor.