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February 26, 2016

Kanda Poha Recipe – Maharashtrian Onion Poha Recipe

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Kanda poha recipe
Kanda Poha is a very popular Maharashtrian breakfast & teatime snacks recipe which is most likely served for their guests.Kanda Pohe literally means Flattened rice prepared with onions in English.Other variants on the recipe include batata pohe (where diced potatoes are used instead of onion shreds). Other famous recipes made with Pohe (flattened rice) are dadpe pohe, a mixture of raw Pohe with shredded fresh coconut, green chillies, ginger and lemon juice and kachche pohe, raw pohe with minimal embellishments of oil, red chili powder, salt and unsautéed onion shreds ( source: wiki).In Tamil nadu,we call this as Aval Upma whereas in Karnataka it is most popularly known as Chitranna. Of course there are mild variations in the recipes of aval upma, chitranna and this North Indian style Kanda poha. But overall its a super quick,easy to make breakfast recipe for working women and Bachelors to prepare in the busy morning schedule.During festival/Vrat days,you can make the same without onion and by adding boiled potato cubes. For this recipe,I referred Sanjeev Kapoor’s video and made with my own variations.Lets see how to make the most popular Maharashtrian Kanda Poha with step by step pictures.
Check out my Karnataka style Chitranna & Tamilnadu Lemon Aval upma, Milagu Jeeraga Aval recipes too.
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Kanda Poha Recipe

Kanda Poha Recipe Kanda Poha Recipe - Maharashtrian Breakfast & Teatime snacks recipe
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes
1 cup = 250ml
  • Aval/Poha/Flattened Rice - 1 cup ( Thick variety)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Green chillies - 2 nos ( Finely chopped)
  • Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida - few pinches
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Lemon juice – few drops

  • Wash the Poha twice.Add turmeric powder and required salt.Mix well and add water just to cover the poha.Let it soak for 5-10 minutes.Now all the water would be absorbed by the poha.
Kanda poha
  • Heat oil in a wide kadai and season mustard seeds,urad dal,peanuts,curry leaves and hing.Add roughly chopped onions and finely chopped green chillies.Saute until onions turn transparent.
Kanda poha recipe
  • Now add the soaked poha & mix well.Keep the flame low & cook it for few minutes.After the poha turns soft and hot,check for taste.Add more salt if needed.Lastly add some lemon juice & garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with tea.Enjoy !
Kanda poha recipe
Kanda poha recipe

  • Use thick variety poha for best taste.
  • Adding sugar gives a mild sweet taste with a North Indian touch to the dish.So don’t skip it.
  • Add more chillies if you like spicy poha.
Enjoy this easy n quick Kanda Poha recipe for teatime snack or breakfast. I served it for breakfast along with sliced apples & Shikanji Happy
Kanda poha recipe

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Suja Manoj said...

My favorite,healthy and yummy

Ms.Chitchat said...

Love it any time, with a cup of garam chai

Unknown said...

Nice recipe!!