Saturday, January 11, 2014

Potato Peanut Poha Pohe Recipe

It is Sunday  morning and there's time to cook since I overslept my attempt to make it to mass today. Thus, my decision to make my son's favorite breakfast: yellow poha. There are a variety of poha types, including by color and by thickness. He prefers the white thin poha that, when you add turmeric, is yellow. Hence, "yellow poha."

I am told that when a Maharashtra woman was (is?) in the "viewing" stage, she'd serve this to potential suiters to show her talents. Well, for some, their mother's or maid's talents, but it is a "must know how" to cook breakfast.

What is poha?

Poha is an unhusked flattened rice. This make it gluten free. It is found in many Indian cuisines, and also in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Recipe for Poha

There are a variety of recipes, but this is a simple-ish ones. You can choose to leave out the peanuts or potatoes. I've also had it with green peas.

2 cups flattened rice
1 red onion, sliced and diced
3-4 small potatoes, boiled (peeled if you prefer, but i used thin skin potatoes and scrubbed them)
hand full curry leaves
2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp hing
1 green chili
1 tsp white sugar
2 tbsp peanuts
2 tbsp oil (high heating point is good, we use coconut oil, peanut oil is also recommended)
dash of red chili powder
1 tbsp turmeric
salt to taste
1 lemon
fresh coriander for garnish
coconut powder (if you have it, or fresh coconut is fine)
diced and seeded tomatoes (if you like, I didn't this time)

Instructions for making poha or making pohe

Rinse your poha and drain the water. Sprinkle turmeric and red chili powder on to the poha. Set aside. If you like sweet. Add a dash of sugar here too. I add the coconut powder here if I don't have fresh coconut. Otherwise, you can add fresh coconut at the end as a garnish.

Make poha - On the rinsed poha, add turmeric,
chili and coconut powder

Heat your oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add in the black mustard seeds, stir and add hing. Add in curry leaves and diced onion.
Add peanuts.
When onion is translucent,  add the green chili and white sugar.
Fry up the onion, peanuts and spices

Add poha to the pan and stir well. Be sure to not let too much stick, but, it will :)

Cook 3-5 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it steam to finish cooking.

Add garnish and serve hot!

Serve poha (pohe) hot! Squeeze lime and garnish.
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What do you think of this recipe?


  1. Your recipe looks delicious! I'd be thrilled to try your potato peanut pohe recipe!

    Jenna Em

  2. Hmm. I've never heard of poha, but anything with rice and curry is ok in my book. ;)

  3. I had never heard this before but it looks really delicious. Thank you for sharing the recepy!

  4. wow, this is such an interesting and delicious looking recipe! I love that it is gluten free, I'll have to see if I can buy some flattened rice.

  5. Yummy! This looks absolutely delicious. I love trying new foods.

  6. That looks really yummy and exotic (well, exotic to me anyway!) My best friend recently discovered she has celiac disease and can't eat gluten. I'll pass this on to her bc we are experimenting with recipes!

  7. My mother used to make something similar when I was a kid. Looks good!! I love trying new recipes out.

  8. I've never heard of phoe before. This sounds really interesting. Where can you buy it?

  9. I've never heard of this before, but it sounds delicious and definitely something I would like!

  10. I've never heard of poha but this looks delicious! I'll be sending this to my husband for sure!

  11. Poha looks really good, although I never heard of this before, but I would love to try it out

  12. I'm seeing so much food and all that I want to try for the family. This looks really good and I think hubby would love this. I personally can't eat it since I'm allergic to peanuts but the kids love them.

  13. With all the food posts I have been reading, I am getting hungry lol. This sounds delicious!

  14. This dish sounds wonderful. I do have a question though. Can you omit the peanuts or sub them out for something else or would that change the taste too drastically?

  15. This sounds great! I've never tried that before.

  16. This sounds amazing. I have never heard of it, but I will be trying it

  17. I have never heard of this before, but it sounds delicious!

  18. This looks like an interesting dish. I would love to be able to try this out with my family but sometimes my husband is just not open to new foods. I might sneak it in there and see if he even notices. ;)

  19. YUMM.. thanks for a great post and introducing me to Poha ...Looks delicious and I would love to try it someday... thanks for sharing

  20. I had no idea what this was before you posted it, but it looks really good. :)

  21. This is a very interesting dish. I had no idea what this was prior to your post.


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