Poha or Powa - Indian Rice Dish

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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
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From western India, Poha, made from flattened rice, is an easy-to-cook, nutritious snack. It is often eaten for breakfast or brunch. Add extra zing to Poha by serving it with Mint-Coriander Chutney!

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups poha (flattened rice)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil (or canola or sunflower cooking oil)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves
  • Optional: 2 green chilies (slit lengthwise)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 large potato (or 2 medium, quartered and sliced very thin)
  • A handful of unsalted peanuts (skins removed)
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1/2 a lime (juiced)
  • Salt to taste
  • Garnish: chopped coriander

How to Make It

  1. Put the poha in a sieve and wash under running water for 2 minutes. Keep aside to drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan on a medium flame and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies. Fry till the spluttering stops and then add the onion. Fry till soft and translucent.
  3. Add the peanuts and potatoes and frequently stirring, cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Drain the poha completely to remove all water and add it to the above mix. Add the turmeric powder and stir well to blend all ingredients.
  1. Cook for another minute. Turn off the fire. Pour lime juice over the poha and mix well.
  2. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve while hot. Poha tastes great with Mint-Coriander Chutney!
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 462
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 141,569 mg
Carbohydrates 98 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 10 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)