Kaandha Poha (Maharashtrian Potato-Onion Beaten Rice)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Kaandha Poha is a traditional Indian (Maharashtrian) snack or vegetarian main dish that has several variations. In some orthodox families, this is a breakfast speciality! Poha = beaten rice

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak poha in enough water to cover (NOT the 2 tablespoons of water) for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and squeeze out excess water, working in batches of handfuls.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet and add the mustard seeds, Urad dal, turmeric, and slit green chili.
  4. When the mustard seeds start to sputter, add the onion and potato and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt and 2 tablespoons of water, and cover.
  6. After 5 minutes, uncover, add the poha and saute for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from flame add the lime juice and garnish with chopped coriander.
  8. Serve hot.
Most Helpful

Anu, I'm sorry I didnt like the way this turned out. I made it exactly as per the instructions. It was more like a khichdi than poha. I suggest you make the following changes and try it. Use 1 1/2 tbsps. oil, 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder, 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder(1/8th tsp was too little), 1 stalk of curry leaves, 1 more green chilli,slit lengthwise, Juice of 1 full lemon, 2 onions and 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds. The rest stick to the ingredients in your recipe. I did not like the idea of split black gram in this, so, I'll omit that next time when I try this again. Follow it along the lines of my Tomato Poha recipe and let me know how it turns out.

Charishma_Ramchandani September 09, 2002