Breakfast Item: Poha

I have been asked to give some recipes on breakfast items. Here is one. Nice for all seasons but autumn.


Poha is flattened rice. It can be purchased in an Indian grocer. There are two types; thick or thin. Thick is used in cooking while thin is stirred into a mixture rather than being cooked.



2 cups thick poha
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
3 tablespoons peanuts
1/2 cup minced onion (about 1 medium onion)
6 curry leaves
1 small green chili, minced
1/2 cup cut carrots and green peas
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish

1. Place the poha in a large bowl and wash it under cold water. Strain in colander. Do this just before cooking – the poha shouldn’t sit for more than 10 minutes.

2.Heat the oil in a wok type pan and add black mustard seeds. When they pop, add the peanuts and cook on medium heat till the peanuts turn lightly golden.

3.Then add the onion, curry leaf and green chili. Sauté on medium heat till the onion is translucent.

4. Then add the carrots and green peas. Stir well.

5. Sprinkle turmeric and salt. Stir and cook for a few seconds.

6. Add the drained poha. Cook on low heat for about 3 minutes.

7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime juice.


4 thoughts on “Breakfast Item: Poha

    • Tea is not had with a meal. Wait an hour before having tea after a meal. It is also served small, Like in England for tea time. Small tea. Not western size. Personally, as far as tea goes, I am a chai guy. This takes a tea powder to make and can not be made with a nice expensive tea. Orange Pekoe works best. It must be bitter.

    • Great, thank you. I have noticed some bloating lately, and I have been drinking a small black tea with a little sugar with breakfast.

      Which liquids would you advise to go along with a meal? Would it be better to just add more water to the dish?

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