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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Nutrition (per serving)
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 (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 sit for 5-10 mins.
After leaving it for 10 mins, add red chilli powder and salt to the bowl.
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.
Heat oil in a pan. Add Rai (Mustard Seeds) and let them crackle.
When the mustard seeds have stopped crackling, add finely chopped onions to the pan.
Fry them for 1 min till the onions have turned soft and golden brown in color.
Add 1-2 finely chopped tomatoes and cook them for a couple of minutes
Then add haldi (turmeric powder), sugar and optionally chaat masala to the mixture.
Add the poha (already mixed with red chilli powder and salt) 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.
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