6th June 2020

Kanda Poha

Kanda Poha

Kanda Poha is a breakfast or a tea time snack popular in western India. It is made with flattened parboiled rice. Poha is prepared both as a sweet or spicy snack. This the spicy version. Poha is rich in iron and healthy carbohydrates and also suitable for diabetics. The snack is very filling and a bowl full at breakfast will keep you full till lunch or dinner without having to binge in between.

Serves: A Family of Four

Prep. Time: 10 Mins.

Cooking Time: 6 to 8 Mins.

Ingredients:

  • Thick Poha – 300 gms
  • Onions (chopped fine) – 2 medium
  • Mustard Seeds (big) – ¾ tsp.
  • Cumin Seeds – ¾ seeds
  • Hing – ¼ tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder – ¾ tsp.
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) – 4 to 6
  • Curry Leaves – 2 small sprigs
  • Green Corriander (finely chopped) – 3 tbsp.
  • Coconut (grated) – tbsp. (optional)
  • Lime Juice – 1 tbsp.
  • Nylon Sev (fine sev) – as needed (optional)
  • Sugar – 1 to 2 tsp.
  • Oil – 4 to 5 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 tsp.

Preparation of Kanda Poha

Step 1:     Take the poha in a strainer and sieve to remove any powder. Then place sieve under running water till the poha is wet and then leave aside to drain (the poha will soften).

Preparation of Kanda Poha

Step 2:     Add the oil to a pan and splutter the mustard seeds. The add the cumin, curry leaves, hing and green chillies and sauté for a minute on low heat.

Preparation of Kanda Poha

Step 3:     Now add the onion and sauté for a minute (do not cook the onion took much as we need to keep the crunch). Add 2 tbsp. corriander and sauté for 30 seconds.

Preparation of Kanda Poha

Step 4:     Next add the turmeric and sauté for a few seconds. Add the sugar, salt and lime juice and mix for a minute.

Preparation of Kanda Poha

Preparation of Kanda Poha

Step 5:     Break lumps if any and then add the soaked poha to the pan. Mix well lightly. Cover and cook for 2 minutes on low heat.

Preparation of Kanda Poha

Step 6:     Garnish with remaining green corriander, sev (optional) and coconut (optional). Serve hot with a wedge of lime.

Preparation of Kanda Poha

I sometimes like to eat the poha with a sprinkling of sugar.

Kanda Poha

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