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Kanda Poha Recipe

Poha is a quick, easy and healthy popular Maharashtrian breakfast recipe. Made using flattened or beaten rice, onions and basic spices, it makes great mid snack too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


to prepare poha

  • 2 cups Poha beaten or flattened rice (I have used thicker variety)
  • Salt as needed
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 10-12 Curry leaves
  • 2-3 Green Chillies chopped /slit
  • ¼ cup Peanuts
  • 1 Onion large sized, finely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Sev for garnishing
  • Fresh grated coconut I haven't added though


  • Clean and wash red rice poha and soak it for a minute along with little salt.
  • After a minute, strain the poha and  keep it aside.
  • In a pan or kadai, heat oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
  • Add curry leaves, green chillies and fry for another few seconds.
  • Add peanuts and fry until it’s golden in colour and doesn’t get burnt.
  • Add onions and sauté until they turn soft and pink.
  • Add turmeric, lemon juice and salt, mix well and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Now, add strained poha, sugar and mix, cook for another minute only.
  • Garnish kanda poha with coriander leaves and coconut (i have not added).
  • Dish out and top with sev, serve hot.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 27.5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg