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Maharashtrian Poha

Posted in : Snacks/Breakfast on by : Simmi Iyer

In Maharashtra every household does not fail to make poha for their guests. Its always the poha and the tea. Trust me, whenever you eat them its always a welcome coz the dish which is a snack bite is so light made of beaten rice, penauts, onions and many other things to relish

Sharing this simple recipe, it is definitely a must try at home


  • 2 cups poha/flattened rice/beaten rice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanuts/groundnuts
  • 1 tbsp very finely chopped green chillies
  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves
  • 3 medium size finely chopped onions/kanda
  • salt – to taste
  • a pinch of sugar optional
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 medium size lemon extracted juice


  • Firstly, take a strainer, into it add poha and wash poha twice and set it aside for about 5-10 minutes and let the water drain out completely.
  • Excess washing and soaking makes the poha soggy therefore, do not do it.

Poha Making:

  • Take a pan/wok, into it, add oil and heat it.
  • Add mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  • Add peanuts and roast for few seconds.
  • Add finely chopped green chillies and saute.
  • Add curry leaves into it.
  • Add chopped onions and saute for few seconds.
  • Into it, add salt as per taste.
  • Add few sugar crystals and stir well(optional).
  • Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Add the washed poha into it.
  • Mix the poha well with the cooked onion mixture.
  • Add some freshly chopped coriander leaves into it.
  • Finally add in some lemon extracted juice all over, mix and cook for few seconds.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Serve as a tea time snack!!!


1.Never wash poha many times as it turns out soggy and can’t be eaten.2.After washing strain out the water completely from the poha. 3.Adding sugar is optional and in maharashtra sugar is added in traditional poha recipe.4.Do not use the thin poha to make this recipe, instead pick up thick poha from the market to make kanda poha or batata poha.

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