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Kanda Poha | Easy Breakfast Recipe

Kanda Poha is a quick and easy popular breakfast recipes which can be made in 10-15 minutes, from the state of Maharashtra, made using flattened rice.
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Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Kid Food, Lunch Box, Poha, Rice, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Soaking Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • 1-2 green chilly as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 2 Cups Poha - Thick or Medium Variety
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½-1 teaspoon Red chilli powder As per taste or optional
  • 2 tablespoon Red peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice Juice of half lemon
  • ¼ cup Chopped Coriander


  • Clean, Rinse and the poha well.
  • Remove any extra water. Let the poha rest for 7-8 mins. Best to drain in a colander.
  • In the meantime, add oil in a kadai/wok or a pot.
  • Once the oil is a bit hot add the peanuts.
  • On Medium, shallow fry the peanuts for 1-2 minutes, until they start turning brown.
  • Once they start changing colour, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, onion.
  • Saute this until the onion is translucent.
  • Now add the turmeric and Red chilli.
  • Add the soaked poha, salt, lemon juice, sugar.
    Kanda Poha | Easy Breakfast Recipe
  • Give everything a nice mix.
  • Make sure the sugar is absorbed or dissolved completely.
  • Add in the chopped coriander and serve.
  • One can garnish with crushed peanuts, coriander, grated coconut or sev.


  • 1 Cup =235 ml
  • 1 tablespoon =15 ml
  • I have added a bit more lemon juice, as I like it sour. You can reduce it to 1 tablespoon if required.
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