Kanda Poha (Onion Poha)

Course: Breakfast, Snack, Tiffin
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 -3
Author: Maria Jose Martin
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  • 1.5 cups Poha / Flattened Rice I used White Poha
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1-1.5 tsp Sugar
  • 1 med-big Onion chopped
  • 1-2 Green chilli chopped
  • 2 tbsp Peanuts refer notes
  • 1 tbsp Pottukadala / Roasted Gram optional
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/3 cup Coconut
  • 2 tbsp Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Oil I used Sunflower oil


  • Rinse the poha under the water till it softens. The crunchiness should be gone and becomes mushy.
  • Add sugar, salt and turmeric powder to poha and gently mix with your finger tips.
  • Dry roast the peanuts and pottukadala (if using) in a wide pan. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil and add the mustard seeds. once it pops, add chopped onion, curry leaves and green chilli. Cook, till it becomes soft. No need to brown the onion.
  • Add roasted peanuts and stir. Add poha and gently stir, till everything is combined. Cover and steam the poha on low flame for 3-4 mins.
  • Add grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Gently mix. Do a taste test and add more slat or sugar. Cover and cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Remove from fire and serve hot.