Kaandha Poha (Maharashtrian Potato-Onion Beaten Rice)

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Anu_N

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

Top Review by Charishma_Ramchanda

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.

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.

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