Poha Recipe (Flattened Rice)

Total : 30 mins

Prep : 10 mins

Cook : 20 mins

Yield : 3 to 4 servings

From western India, Poha, made from flattened rice, is an easy-to-cook, nutritious snack. It is often eaten for breakfast or brunch. Add extra zing to Poha by serving it with mint-coriander chutney.


  • 2 cups poha (flattened rice)

  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil (or canola or sunflower cooking oil)

  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds (may be colored from yellowish white to black)

  • 5 to 6 curry leaves

  • Optional: 2 green chilies (slit lengthwise)

  • 1 medium onion (chopped fine)

  • 1 large potato (or 2 medium, quartered and sliced very thin)

  • A handful of unsalted peanuts (skins removed)

  • A pinch of turmeric

  • 1/2 a lime (juiced)

  • Salt to taste

  • Garnish: chopped coriander

Steps to Make It

  • Gather the ingredients.

  • Put the poha in a sieve and wash under running water for 2 minutes.

  • Keep aside to drain.

  • Heat the oil in a pan on a medium flame and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies.

  • Fry till the spluttering stops and then add the onion. Fry till soft and translucent.

  • Add the peanuts and potatoes and frequently stir, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Drain the poha completely to remove all water and add it to the above mix. Add the turmeric powder and stir well to blend all ingredients.

  • Cook for another minute. Turn off the fire. Pour lime juice over the poha and mix well.

  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve while hot.

  • Enjoy!