• Sheetal Jandial

Kanda Poha

Updated: Jun 30


Traditional Indian breakfast, snack, meal… poha or pohe is light yet satiating food / meal for literally any time of the day!


Poha or flattened rice flakes is made predominantly across Northern and Western India; with varied flavours and combinations... onions, peanuts, boiled potatoes, green peas, corn... all make for an interesting flavour profile to start your day with.


We've all heard of the famous Indori poha, Nagpuri tarri poha (i.e. poha served with a curry)... this recipe of Kanda Pohe is that of Maharashtrian style poha, with the addition of a little sugar to enhance flavours.



Serves 3

Time taken: 15 – 20 minutes


Ingredients to make Kanda Poha


2 cups thick poha (flattened rice flakes)

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

8 – 10 curry leaves

2 green chillies, finely chopped (or to taste)

½ cup onions, diced

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ cup boiled potatoes, diced (optional)

½ cup fried peanuts

2 tsp sugar

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste

Coriander leaves – to garnish

Grated coconut – to garnish


Method of making Kanda Poha


Place poha in a strainer and wash under running water for a few seconds – do not soak the flattened rice flakes, they should only be moist. If the poha or rice flakes are too wet, they will break and turn to mush during the cooking process.


Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium heat, add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once these splutter, add green chillies and onions. Sauté onions till translucent.


In case you're using boiled potatoes, add them in at this stage and fry the mix for a minute or so, till the potatoes have a lightly fried texture and the onions just about start to turn a light brown. The onions should NOT be completely cooked as you want them to still have that juicy bite and texture - obviously, this is an important detail in the recipe of Kanda (onion) Pohe.


Add turmeric powder, let it cook for a few seconds and add moistened poha - mix well. Add the peanuts, sugar and salt, give it a good mix and take the pan off the heat. Add the lemon juice, mix well and adjust seasoning.


Kanda Poha is ready to serve, garnished with granted coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves.


You could also add a few teaspoons of farsan / aloo bhujia / dalmoth as a garnish to kanda pohe… for added flavour and crunch – I do.


Serve hot with masala chai !


Do take a look at the other breakfast ideas / small plate recipes and simple Indian meal ideas.


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