Poha Recipe

4.79 from 104 votes

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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Poha Recipe Instructions

Poha Recipe

A light and quick breakfast snack made from flattened rice.
4.79 from 104 votes

Recipe Info

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Category Snacks
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients For Poha Recipe

  • 2 Cups Thick Poha (Flattened Rice)
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion
  • 1-2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Teaspoon Rai (Black Mustard Seeds)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 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 for Poha Recipe

  • Wash the poha thoroughly 5-6 times till the water runs clear. Then drain all the water and leave it to sit for 5-10 mins.
    2 Cups Thick Poha (Flattened Rice)
    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • After leaving it for 10 mins, add red chilli powder and salt to the bowl.
    1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1 Teaspoon Salt
    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.
    1 Teaspoon Rai (Black Mustard Seeds)
    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • When the mustard seeds have stopped crackling, add finely chopped onions to the pan.
    1 Medium Sized Onion
    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
    1-2 Tomatoes
    Poha Recipe Instructions
  • Then add haldi (turmeric powder), sugar and optionally chaat masala to the mixture.
    1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi), 1 Teaspoon Sugar, 1/2 Teaspoon Chaat Masala
    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.
    1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
    Poha Recipe Instructions


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g

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