Friday, March 6

Aloo pooha

Aaloo Poha or kanda pohe is i feel the staple breakfast/snack in every North Indian Kitchen. Actually this tangy snack is an all time favorite throughout India with slight variations,though. I also make it every week atleast once. Easy to make, its quite filling too. Must be, as its made with flattened beaten rice.

I sometimes use to make this even before my marriage, but that was under my mom ,so was quite simple. After marriage,when we were in bangalore, when first time i bought poha, it came out to be thin one. Result it all formed one big lump,when i soaked it.(That one is used to make chiwda) Then i bought thick one(asked specially for thick one). It didn't got soaked properly n was all dry. Finally ,asked my sister,What's wrong??? she told me there's comes one more of medium thickness,that we should use. OMG.

Once when we went to indore, i saw this poha everywhere, and it was too spicy there. Hot steaming poha was prepared and kept warm over boiling water so that the hot moisture from the water can keep the poha warm and moist. One nice combo was Poha Jelabi..


2 1/2 Cup Poha(rice flakes) (from Indian groceries)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 potato, diced
3-4 green chillies, chopped
Handful of frozen green peas (optional)
2 tbsp peanuts
2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped finely
1 lemon/lime

Haldi/turmeric powder 1 tsp
Jeera/cumin 1 tsp
1t mustard seeds
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Black salt 2 tbsp
Sugar 1tbsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Salt to taste


Wash the rice flakes/atukulu in running cold water,in a seive, drain and set aside. These flakes will absorb the water and shall puff up.
Meanwhile, chop onions, green chillies, potato.
Heat oil in a wide pan and firstly add the peanuts. fry them and set aside.
In the same oil add the cumin seeds and curry leaves(optional). Let it fry for a min and a then add onions, diced potato, green peas and green chillies to the pan . Add a bit of salt to enhance cooking.
Let it cook for few mins till the potatoes are done.
Meanwhile, mix all the spices in the soaked poha and mix well with your hands. (so as not to break the flakes)
Finally mix it well in the pan and let it sit on the flame for 3-5 more mins. Add the lime/lemon juice and chopped cilantro and mix well so that the juice is evenly distributed.
Serve hot with any of the below toppings.


I serve it with fried peanuts on top of it.
Also it tastes womderful with Haldiram's bhujia.
In nagpur we had it with some very hot red chutney over it, along with green chillies.
Also its served with chopped onions or grated coconut.

Sending this to Cooking for kids :Potato, authored by Sharmi of Neivedyam as my kids love it too. Along with Yummy Samosa's and Vegetable cutlets.


Unknown said...

Like it very much. Gets ready very soon. Looks beautiful.

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow drool worthy....

Unknown said...

Aloo Poha is looking great.I too make poha but never tried with aloo .Very soon I will try your version :)

Asha said...

Great photos. Mouthwatering. Have a great weekend! :)

Saritha said...

Yummy poha.Nice snap

Ashwini said...

My fav..Love aloo in anything..Nice pictures..

Trupti said...

One of my fav breakfast item. Some times I also use green peas, finely chopped carrots.. ur looks very delicious..nice photos..

Pooja said...

looking lovely neha...

Divya Kudua said...

Aloo Poha looks delicious.We make a similar dish and serve it with sweet-channa curry.Love it!!

Priya Suresh said...

Thats a delicious dish..aloo poha looks yummy!! said...

Great snaps. This is one of my hubby's favourite breakfast bite.

Vani said...

Poha looks fabulous! Poha with red chutney and green chillies sounds wonderful too!

Unknown said...

Poha looks perfect, great pictures !

AnuSriram said...

Looks delicious! Drooling here! My husband is a fan of this.. and so for me its a quick fix.

Deepa Hari said...

Nice clicks...Aloo poha looks lovely...Thank you for all the lovely entries Neha.

Dori said...

Looks so tasty, really nice recipe!

Deepthi Shankar said...

this is the best breakfast evry with aloo & stuff yumm

Swapna said...

Aloo is my hubby fav. Looks delicious & lovely :)

Alka said...

My Hubby likes to have this as his Sunday breakfast and i simply am bored of making his version...i love it to be spicy,with peanuts,lemon juice,and loads of potatoes and onions, garnished with handful of coriander leaves,while he prefers simple,non spicy(not even chillies) and no lemon juice too.So every sunday he has this breakfast while i feast upon some Idly sambhar send in by my MIL every sunday

Yours looks so fabulous :-)

Myvegfare said...

This is sisters favourite...nice photos...your toppings are very interesting....especially chutney & onions, I do not make them too often my hubby doesn't like poha!!, but my children do..

LifenSpice said...

Hi Neha, that looks too good. i will surely try your version with aloo.

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