Easy to Make Poha Recipe | Vegan and Gluten-Free Indian Breakfast

Easy to Make Poha Recipe | Vegan and Gluten-Free Indian Breakfast

Poha is a popular breakfast/snack dish made of flattened rice flakes, served in various parts of India. Variations of this simple recipe include batata poha (with boiled potatoes) and kanda poha (with onions). Then there are regional variations and other forms of garnishes for the dish, but the base of the dish usually remains the same. The most popular one might be the Indori, where it is served with jalebi.

This is a healthy, vegan and gluten-free breakfast dish of easy digestion. Filling and tasty, this is my favourite breakfast option for the weekend. For the garnish I always add freshly chopped coriander, a squeeze of lemon juice and some sev (deep fried spiced gram flour dough sticks). If making plain poha I’m happy to add some finely chopped onions on top. Accompany with a hot cup of masala chai and you’re in breakfast heaven!

Not everyone likes the peanuts on the poha, but I am definitely a fan. It gives a nice subtle nutty flavour to the dish and adds crunchiness. Feel free to skip, but my advice is for you to try it.

These rice flakes can usually be bought at your local Indian convenience store and I have found that even the smallest stores usually stock these. Some brands might call it pawa, but it is all the same. There are different variations on the thickness of the flakes though, from thin, medium to thick. I buy the medium or thin variety because the texture is perfect for breakfast.

When washing the poha is important that you do it fast and with very cold water. The idea is to wash from the excess of starch. Leaving the rice flakes for too long in the water will make them too soft for this dish as it will create lumps.

Other regions of India use these rice flakes on other preparations. From just soaked in water or milk with sugar and cardamom to a mix of coconut, banana, ghee and jaggery.

Poha Recipe Video

 

AuthorAndreia Machado

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time8 minsTotal Time18 mins

 200 g Poha flakes
 2 tbsp Peanuts
 ½ Green chilli sliced
 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
 1 tsp Mustard seeds
 5 Curry leaves
  tsp Turmeric powder
 Salt to taste
 Sugar to taste
 Lemon Juice to taste
 2 tbsp Chopped coriander to garnish
 Raw finely chopped onions to garnish
 Ratlami sev or other Indian fried snack to garnish
 Onion finely chopped to garnish

1

Drop the rice flakes in a colander over a bowl and wash fast and in very cold water until it runs clear.

2

Heat up a pan with 1 tbsp of oil, when hot add the peanuts and roast. Then add mustard seeds and let them splutter, add the curry leaves and green chilli cook for few seconds. Occasionally I make Kanda poha for that I simply add finely chopped onions at this stage.

3

Add the rice flakes and toss them well for each grain to get coated in the tempering, add turmeric, salt and sugar mix well, and cook for 2 minutes.

4

If the poha looks dry you can add 2 tbsp of water. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and lemon juice. I also top with Indian spice fried snack "bhujia" and chopped raw onions.

Ingredients

 200 g Poha flakes
 2 tbsp Peanuts
 ½ Green chilli sliced
 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
 1 tsp Mustard seeds
 5 Curry leaves
  tsp Turmeric powder
 Salt to taste
 Sugar to taste
 Lemon Juice to taste
 2 tbsp Chopped coriander to garnish
 Raw finely chopped onions to garnish
 Ratlami sev or other Indian fried snack to garnish
 Onion finely chopped to garnish

Directions

1

Drop the rice flakes in a colander over a bowl and wash fast and in very cold water until it runs clear.

2

Heat up a pan with 1 tbsp of oil, when hot add the peanuts and roast. Then add mustard seeds and let them splutter, add the curry leaves and green chilli cook for few seconds. Occasionally I make Kanda poha for that I simply add finely chopped onions at this stage.

3

Add the rice flakes and toss them well for each grain to get coated in the tempering, add turmeric, salt and sugar mix well, and cook for 2 minutes.

4

If the poha looks dry you can add 2 tbsp of water. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and lemon juice. I also top with Indian spice fried snack "bhujia" and chopped raw onions.

Poha | Indian Rice Flakes Breakfast Dish


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