Monday, December 19, 2011


Poor man's food or not this is my favorite breakfast. I also make it as an afternoon snack with tea or a when I am in a mood for light dinner. I love this simple but versatile flattened rice dish. Although I make it in a couple of different ways this is the one I enjoy the most - with peanuts, a little spicy, tangy and slightly sweet. The Gujarati way.
Top it with sev (fried savory noodles) pomegranate seeds or even some pickle on the side.


2 cups flattened rice or poha  washed with luke warm water
1 red onion (chopped)
1 potato (cubed)
3-4 green chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric
a few peanuts (optional)
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tbsp sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
chopped cilantro for garnishing
1 tbsp oil for cooking
salt according to taste

Heat oil in a wok or kadhai and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and peanuts. Once the seeds splutter add the onion and potatoes. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. The potatoes should become soft and onions slightly brown. Add the turmeric and green chillies. Now add the poha which should have fluffed up and become soft. Mix everything well and add the salt and sugar. Finally squeeze the juice of lemon and garnish with cilantro.


  1. I would like to point out a "mishtake" in your photos....your serving is way too tiny for something as wonderful as poha!!!!!!!!!!! Kindly refill!

  2. I was hoping no one notices that :O) I actually did have very little left over after I finished eating and it was only after a full stomach I thought of posting poha on the blog and then I had to manage with the leftovers!!

  3. I love poha...
    You need not have a bowl full to show up the gorgeous poha.. its the way you like to see .. even the wee bit is tempting me !! thats the point!!

    First time here.. Do sneak a peek in my space .. when time permits..

  4. Simply inviting,who will say no to this yummy poha.

  5. I love poha and I eat with sev too :) leftover leftover it's still tempting dear

  6. Makes a delish breakfast!!! Peanuts give a nice crunch ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. I love poha too! I keep changing the veggies I add to it depending on what I have on hand. Poha with potatoes and peanuts is a constant favorite.

    Great pictures, very inviting!

  8. Poor man's food or otherwise, I could eat poha day or night! :D

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog :)

  9. I love poha, even in sweet dishes.