Poha or Powa: Indian Rice Dish

Poha or Powa: Indian Rice Dish

The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
462 Calories
3g Fat
98g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 462
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 141569mg 6,155%
Total Carbohydrate 98g 36%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 10g
Calcium 130mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups poha (flattened rice)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil (or canola or sunflower cooking oil)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds (may be colored from yellowish white to black)
  • 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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Poha flattened rice ingredients

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  2. Put the poha in a sieve and wash under running water for 2 minutes.

    Wash rice in sieve

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  3. Keep aside to drain.

    Set aside washed rice

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  4. Heat the oil in a pan on a medium flame and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies.

    Add mustard seeds, green chilies, and curry leaves to skillet

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  5. Fry till the spluttering stops and then add the onion. Fry till soft and translucent.

    onions and spices in a skillet

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  6. Add the peanuts and potatoes and frequently stir, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Add potatoes and peanuts to skillet with the onion mixture

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  7. 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.

    Drain poha rice and add turmeric

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  8. Cook for another minute. Turn off the fire. Pour lime juice over the poha and mix well.

    add lime juice to the rice mixture in the pan

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  9. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve while hot.

    Poha or Powa: Indian Rice Dish in a pan

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