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Kande Pohe | Kanda Poha

 Recipe for Maharashtrian Kande Pohe / Kanda Poha - a light breakfast or anytime meal prepared in the traditional Maharashtrian style, using beaten rice, onions and peanuts. One of my all time FAVOURITES!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 servings


  • 1.5 cups poha (medium thick)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 - 6 curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies , finely chopped
  • 2 onions medium , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon (juice of)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsps coconut fresh
  • 2 tbsps coriander finely chopped fresh


  • Take the poha in a bowl. Wash a couple of times with water. Drain all the water, cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
  • Add asafoetida and then the mustard and cumin seeds. Once the seeds splutter, add green chillies and finely diced onions.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt over this and let it cook on medium flame until onions are soft.
  • Add turmeric powder and give it a stir to mix together.
  • Gently loosen up the poha and add to this mix in the pan. Season with salt and sugar and toss gently to combine all ingredients.
  • Cover the pan and steam cook this for 2 minutes so the flavours combine well.
  • Switch off the flame. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Serve onto plates and garnish with fresh coconut and chopped coriander.
  • Serve with wedges of lime and some sev to sprinkle over the top. (optional)


For best results, serve poha hot with a cup of Adrak Chai--