Poha Recipe

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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.

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Recipe Info



Cuisine: Indian

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 25g

Protein: 1g

Ingredients For Poha Recipe

  • 2 Cups Thick Poha (Flattened Rice)
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1-2 Tomatoes
  • 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
  • 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 sit for 5-10 mins.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • After leaving it for 10 mins, add red chilli powder and salt to the bowl.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Mix the spices lightly with a fork or with your hand, separating the rice flakes in the process. Do not use too much force otherwise the poha will become mushy.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add Rai (Mustard Seeds) and let them crackle.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • When the mustard seeds have stopped crackling, add finely chopped onions to the pan.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Fry them for 1 min till the onions have turned soft and golden brown in color.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Add 1-2 finely chopped tomatoes and cook them for a couple of minutes

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Then add haldi (turmeric powder), sugar and optionally chaat masala to the mixture.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Add the poha (already mixed with red chilli powder and salt) to the pan.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Mix lightly to coat the poha in masala. Again, do not apply a lot of force while mixing.

    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • 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.

    Poha Recipe Instructions

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Poha Recipe

by VegeCravings time to read: 2 min