Kanda poha or Onion poha is a popular Vegetarian Indian breakfast. This tops my list of healthy Indian breakfast dishes. If you too love these wholesome, super quick and easy to make breakfast recipes you might love this Maharashtrian breakfast recipe.
Kanda poha is a popular dish which is served as a breakfast or snack. To make this delicious breakfast, flattened rice is cooked with a tadka/tempering of onion green chillies, mustard seeds and other spices. It is then served hot topped with grated coconut. It is a super simple and easy Indian breakfast recipe, but so hearty and flavourful. Other favourite recipes you may like to try are Vegetable Poha, Bread Poha.
Other than a Maharashtrian recipe, Indori Pohe Jalebi breakfast is also quite popular. But this recipe is cooked slightly different than Indori Pohe. I have always been a fan of North Indian tomato or vegetable poha which is made using tomato tadka as a base.
Once during a work trip to Mumbai, I tried this piping hot Kande pohe on a shoot set which was served with lots of green chilli, lime juice, and roasted peanuts. I was hooked and mostly cook this at home now. It may sound strange to many of you, but my favourite combination with this is scrambled eggs or may be boiled and chopped. You can also add sprouted moong dal or boiled potatoes to make it more healthy.
Just like other recipes the taste and look depends on the type of beaten rice or pohe you use. There are mainly three types of poha available on the basis of thickness. Thin, thick which is almost like rice and medium thick. Medium thick variety is ideal for making this recipe.
A well-made plate of poha should ideally be fluffy with each grain separate, I personally don’t like the clumpy dish. Spice-wise you can choose your own perfect spice level. You can add more or less chilli and balance it with a very small amount of sugar and lemon juice. The perfect balance of these three gives this onion poha a perfect taste.
Kanda Poha – Recipe Notes
Tips for Making it Tasty
- Choose the right type of flattened rice, ideally, medium thickness of beaten rice is perfect for this recipe.
- Rather than soaking it in water just wash it in a strainer/sieve and keep it for few minutes before cooking. This way when you start cooking you will get the perfect texture of fluffy poha.
- You can always add boiled and fried potatoes to make Kanda batata poha.
- Try and work out a perfect balance of this trio Chillies, lemon juice, and sugar. That’s the key to a perfect poha. You can work out on your personal favourite.
Poha Recipe in Hindi ( Watch Video)
Kanda poha is a popular Indian Vegetarian breakfast recipe. Flattened rice or pohe is cooked with onion, potato, curry leaves and spices to make healthy Maharashtrian breakfast.
- 300 g Beaten Rice pohe
- 125 g onion chopped
- 2 sprig curry leaves
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 2-3 green chilli chopped
- 1 tsp sugar powdered
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- 1 Tsp Mustard seeds Rai
- 75 g peanuts raw moongfali
- 4-5 Tbsp Sev
- 4-5 leaves Tbsp Coriander Dhania chopped
- 4-5 Tbsp Coconut Nariyal grated
Wash pressed rice/beaten rice in a strainer under running water
Drain out excess water from the beaten rice. Keep them aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
When the mustard seeds start to splutter add peanuts and fry them for 2-3 minutes.
Now add chopped onion and Fry them for 2-3 minutes.
Add chopped green chillies and cook them for a minute.
Add salt to taste and turmeric powder Mix well.
Now add poha /flattened rice. Mix it well, but with gentle hands.
Add lemon juice followed by powdered sugar. Mix them lightly with poha and cook for few more minutes.
Finally garnish the hot plate of poha with sev, grated coconut and coriander leaves and serve hot with some masala chai.