Easy Veg Poha Recipe | Indian Breakfast

Easy Veg Poha Recipe | Indian Breakfast


Poha is a favorite breakfast and snack in many parts of India. I had it for the first time when I came to live in Mumbai and immediately fell in love with it. It is really tasty especially with peanuts and potatoes and now with peas. And the best part, it is so very simple to cook. You will barely need 15 minutes if you have all the ingredients at hand.

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Do try this simple recipe:

Easy Veg Poha Recipe | Indian Breakfast
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This a tasty, nutritious and quick to make Indian breakfast. Made with flattened rice, it can be ready in about 15 - 20 minutes. Great for lunchboxes too.
Recipe type: Breakfast | Snack
Cuisine: Maharashtrian
Serves: 4
  • 250 gm. thick poha (washed well and soaked in water for 5 minutes)
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies split into half
  • 1 boiled potato chopped into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp. groundnuts/peanuts
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas (optional)
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 3-4 cloves (optional)
  • 1 small piece cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • coriander leaves to garnish
  • grated coconut to garnish (optional)
  1. Drain all water from the soaked poha and keep it in a colander for the remaining water to drain out.
  2. Heat oil in a kadhai, add in the mustard seeds and cumin seeds along with peanuts.
  3. Allow them to sputter.
  4. Now tip in the cloves, cinnamon (if using), slit green chillies and curry leaves and cook for a minute.
  5. Tip in the chopped onion and cook till it is transparent.
  6. Now add in the boiled potato and peas and cook a bit. Add salt, turmeric and drained poha (beaten rice) and mix well.
  7. Cover and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. Take it off the fire and pour lemon juice.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and fresh grated cocout (if using) and serve hot.
You can fry the peanuts separately in oil and then add to the poha while serving. That way they stay crunchier. Or you could just fry them initially after sputtering the mustard and cumin.

If you don't have boiled potato. Chop the potato fine. Microwave for about a minute and then add to oil with onion to cook. You can skip the microwave step and cook the potato separately with tempering.

You can use fine poha (beaten rice). You don't need to soak it. Just take in a colander and pour some water through it.

Enjoy this hot snack as breakfast or snack!

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33 thoughts on “Easy Veg Poha Recipe | Indian Breakfast

  1. This is my go-to breakfast on most weekends and I got the recipe from my mom, who grew up in Nagpur so she makes it the typical Maharashtrian way, very similar to yours. We just add potatoes and onions though and the peanuts occasionally. YUM!

    1. Yep, this is the Maharashtrian way as well. After your comment I realized that I had forgotten to mention onion, so went back and edited the recipe. 🙂 For me, my poha is not poha without peanuts. Did you know that peanuts provide the protein in this breakfast to make it balanced? The peas are a later addition only because the husband loves it. 🙂

  2. I do not now why I don’t like Poha. I have not tasted it yet though it is available anywhere and everywhere here in Maharashtra. May be I should cook it myself and try. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. Poha is our favorite breakfast too and the recipe is very much the same. I roast peanuts and I skip the potato. Lazy I am. I also keep it masala free – so only turmeric and salt after the rai and curry leaves ka tadka 🙂

  4. Yumm recipe Rachna 🙂 Mine is similar except I add some saunf to my tadka and sprinkle some gud or raw sugar before I eat it. Peanuts I add to many dishes for the nutritive benefit and taste.

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