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Raw Papaya Poha

Raw Papaya Poha is a variety of the ever popular kanda poha, that I came up with to use the bounty of green papayas from my kitchen garden. Just another way to use this super healthy ingredient!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 1 cup red rice poha thin variety
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3-4 green chillies slit
  • 2-3 tbsp raw peanuts
  • 1/2 cup grated raw papaya coarsely grated
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup small paneer cubes ~50 grams
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar optional
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped coriander


  • Gently wash the poha twice in water. Drain all excess water and keep aside.
  • In a kadai / pan, heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard and cumin seeds. As soon as they splutter, stir in the curry leaves, chillies and peanuts. Stir on a medium flame for 2 minutes until the peanuts turn a shade darker.
  • Add the grated raw papaya and sliced onion along with the salt and turmeric powder. Stir on a medium flame for a minute and allow this to cook for another 5-6 minutes until onions are translucent. Add paneer cubes and stir to combine.
  • Gently crumble the poha into the kadai along. Drizzle lemon juice over the poha, add sugar (if using), and toss all the ingredients until well combined. Sprinkle some water if the poha is too dry and cover and steam cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes. Uncover and garnish with coriander. Toss well and remove into a serving bowl.
  • Serve hot with ginger chai.


Poha and chai make an unbeatable combination. Learn how to make the perfect cup of masala chai from my video.