Poha (Flattened rice with spices)

Poha is the go-to breakfast if you are running out of time and need a filling breakfast. There are many variations in making this quick breakfast. This recipe is mainly using onions and peanuts. Served with fresh coconut and a squeeze of lemon, poha shows how a quick and simple meal can be so delicious.





Poha or flattened rice – 2 cups, thick variety
Onion – 2, large, finely chopped
Peanuts – ¼ cup
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Dry red chilli – 1
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Green chillies – 2-3 depending on preference, finely sliced
Curry leaves – 4-5
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Asafoedtida – a pinch
Salt – to taste
Sugar – ½ tsp
Oil – 3 tbsp
Grated coconut – for garnish
Coriander leaves – for garnish
Juice of ½ lemon


  1. Wash the poha thoroughly in a colander and set aside. The poha should be moist but not mushy
  2. Heat a fry pan / skillet and add oil in it
  3. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and chilli. Saute for 1-2 minutes
  4. Add peanuts and fry until crunchy
  5. Add onions and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add turmeric, salt and sugar. Continue to saute for another minute
  6. Add the poha and stir in gently. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of water, cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes
  7. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut
  8. Serve hot


  • Make sure to drain out all the water after washing the poha. It should be just moist
  • Sugar is optional. Skip it if you don’t prefer the slight sweetness of the dish