Poha Recipe: Kanda Batata Poha

Kanda Batata Poha

Poha recipe – Poha or pohe is a quick breakfast or snack food made of beaten rice or flattened rice from the Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisines. Kanda batata poha is made using beaten rice, onions and potatoes. It is a kids friendly recipe and can also be packed in the lunch box or eaten after school. It is usually eaten on its own along with a cup of tea or coffee. Ideally eaten as a breakfast, Poha is a wholesome meal in itself. Coming from the state of Maharashtra, Poha itself has had several variations across the country and you can add your choice veggies in it.

To make kanda batata poha, you can either use boiled/ steamed potatoes or use them raw directly and cook in the pan itself. I have followed the later method. But if you have trouble cooking your potatoes quickly, then it is good to use them boiled.

Quick Kanda Batata Poha Recipe Below

  • 1 ½ cups poha (thick to medium kind)
  • 1 medium potato cubed to small size(½ cup)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 green chilies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Few coriander leaves chopped
  • Handful of peanuts
  • 1 ½ tbsp. oil
  • ¾ tsp mustard
  • ¾ tsp jeera / cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric / haldi
  • Salt as needed
  • ½ to 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • Lemon juice as needed

How To Make The Recipe

  1. Wash poha few times and drain the water completely. Set aside to soften. If needed sprinkle some water and allow to soften.
  2. Dry roast the peanuts until nice aroma begins to come. Set these aside.
  3. Heat a pan with oil and add cumin, jeera and hing.
  4. When they begin to splutter, add onions , curry leaves and green chilies. Saute until the onions turn lightly pink.
  5. Add cubed potatoes and saute for a min. Cover and cook on a low heat until soft and cooked completely. If needed can sprinkle some water and cook. Once done, saute for another minute.
  6. Add turmeric and pohe. Mix well and cover the pan.
  7. Cook on a low heat until the pohe turns hot.
  8. Add coriander leaves and switch off. Sprinkle lemon juice. Mix well.
  9. Garnish with roasted peanuts and coriander leaves.

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