Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Poha at Home

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Poha, a simple yet incredibly savory Indian breakfast dish, is a staple in many households across the country. Made from flattened rice, it’s not only delicious but also light on the stomach with low calories and easy to prepare. 

Whether you’re new to Indian cuisine or looking for a quick, nutritious meal to start your day, this guide will walk you through how to make Poha perfectly every time.

What You Need to make Poha

  • 2 cups thick poha (flattened rice)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1-2 green chilies (finely chopped)
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup onions (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup boiled and diced potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons grated coconut (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds (optional)


1. Preparing the Poha: Start by gently rinsing the poha in a colander under running water. Drain the water and let the poha soften. This should take about 5 minutes. Ensure the it is moist but not mushy.

2. Tempering the Spices: Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and wait for them to splutter. Then, add the chopped green chilies and curry leaves, sautéing for a few seconds until the aroma is released.

3. Adding the Veggies: Stir in the chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent. Add the boiled, diced potatoes and mix well, cooking for another 2-3 minutes.

4. Seasoning: Sprinkle turmeric powder and salt over the veggies, mixing well to ensure even coating.

5. Incorporating Poha: Lower the heat and add the softened poha to the pan. Gently mix everything, ensuring the poha is well coated with the turmeric and spices. Cover and let it steam for 2-3 minutes.

6. Finishing Touches: Turn off the heat. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves, giving it a final mix. For an extra burst of flavor and texture, you can also add grated coconut and pomegranate seeds.

7. Serving: Serve hot, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh coriander and a side of lemon wedges.

Poha is a versatile dish that you can customize according to your taste preferences.

Tips for Perfect Poha

  1. Always use thick poha for the best texture.
  2. Adjust the green chilies according to your spice tolerance.
  3. Adding peanuts provides a crunchy texture and additional flavor.
  4. Ensure the poha is moist but not waterlogged before cooking.

With this easy-to-follow guide, you’re now equipped to make this delightful dish at home, bringing a piece of Indian culinary tradition to your table. Enjoy your homemade poha with a cup of chai for a truly authentic experience.

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