Maharashtrian Poha Recipe | Indian Breakfast Recipes
Growing up, for considerable number of years, in the Northern parts of India has definitely played its part in expanding my palate's horizon. The otherwise routine South Indian flavors were jazzed up with a burst of Garam Masala(s), aromatic tea(s) and hearty wheat goodness in the form of flatbreads (roti(s)).  Of course, the kid in me had no clue whatsoever about all that myriad tastes that her tongue was imbibing - thanks to an ever curious mom's antics in the kitchen. What mattered was how it tasted and am blessed to have an awesome cook for a mother. It shows, even today, in the way I mean in the way I cook! It was only after I discovered the cook in me (years later with the advent of marriage!) that I slowly distinguished the regions of where the familiar flavors (and my favorite foods)  came from.
Maharashtrian Poha Recipe | Indian Breakfast Recipes
Like this Batata Poha for example (among many others). I grew up enjoying this dish for tiffin after school (though never for breakfast) on and off. It was a favorite - for the simple and child like reason that it had potatoes. Sigh! Those uncomplicated and Not-so-complex years! Little did I know ( or care to)  that it was in fact a Maharashtrian Breakfast recipe. What mattered was it was delicious in an uncomplicated, comforting way. Spices are minimal and subtle just enough to enhance the potatoes. Roasted Peanuts add to a flavorful crunch amidst softer and moist Rice flakes. Lemon juice gives it a light tang and the garnish makes it look more appealing with a burst of color in the sea of yellow. This is NOT a "I-am-going-blow-your-mind-away" kinda dish, but more like "I-am-going-make-you-feel-warm-and-cozy" with its promise of filling you up without weighing you down.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 2 cups Beaten/Flattened Rice Flakes, thick variety (Poha)
  • 1 med-large Potato, scrubbed and cubed
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts, skinned
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Jalapeno sliced(or use 2-3 thin green chillies, as per taste)
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Garnish: Cilantro leaves, Curry leaves and Lemon Juice to taste
1. Wash the poha well with cold water.
2. Let it sit in a colander and drain the excess water.
3. While that's draining, dry toast the peanuts on a skillet
4. until golden- reddish brown. Set aside.
5. In the same skillet add around 1-2 tsp oil ( my mom at times used to add Ghee and it just made this taste all the more better!). Drop the mustard in it and when it starts popping, add in the cumin. When it gets aromatic, add the onion,  chillies along with salt and half of curry leaves (tear it to release more flavor). You can otherwise add the curry leaves towards the end or add all the curry leaves at this point. It doesnt really matter, but I usually love to saute half the curry leaves right in the beginning to imbibe its flavor and add the remaining towards the end for its freshness and color.
6. Give it a quick stir and add the turmeric. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the onion gets soft.
7. Add the chopped potatoes and mix until combined. Sprinkle some water
8. and close it with a lid. The sprinkling of water is done to help the potatoes cook by way of steaming in a closed pan.
9. Cook until the potatoes are done (they will be soft when pressed) - takes around 6-8 min.
10. Now add sugar ,  Poha along with roasted peanuts and toss until well combined. At times I like to keep the flame low, close the lid and let this sit for 5-10 minutes. This Slow steaming helps to give it more moistness along with flavors to mingle very well with Rice flakes. This makes the roasted peanuts soft, so if you like to retain the crunch, add it after this.

Just few minutes before serving, add chopped cilantro, remaining curry leaves and lemon juice. Stir and serve hot.

Tips: If its on the dry side, you can warm it further by sprinkling water or milk to the Poha.

It makes a filling breakfast or even a light lunch/Dinner. At times I tend to add in some frozen vegetables to the mix to make it more hearty. Its best when served immediately. To make it special, throw in handful of Sev and/or toasted or plain grated coconut as garnish before serving. Maharashtrian Poha Recipe | Indian Breakfast Recipes

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By Rebecca on Dec 30, 2012

Batata Poha is something that I absolutely love. I made it in the very Madhya Pradesh type style. Adding in sev and serving it with Jalebi. Absolutely yum.

By bina on Oct 7, 2012

i was inspired to make this on impulse - but i didn't have all the ingredients - so like someone else i improvised - no onions since i don't use them  or peanuts(i didn't have any) , but i added capsicum and sweet corn and it was yummmm... thanq\"smiley\"

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By Lubna Moin on Mar 23, 2016

Hi DK, Well I tried this recipe like I try most of your recipes the taste was superb thank u so much for sharing it but one thing that really got messed up is after washing the poha as in the first step the poha did not retain its shape and became v soft and mashed up sort of a thing yet I continued with the recipe there was no backing off it tasted yummmm but because of the mess it looked as if it were upma or soft cooked khichidi and not poha from any angle so please could you suggest me something as to how to retain the poha's shape or can u plz tell me what might have gone wrong. Thanx a lottt in advance :)

By The Yummy Lounge on May 3, 2015

Love this recipe, this is common snack most indian like, usually served with tea. Thanks for sharing.

By The Yummy Lounge on May 3, 2015

Lovely recipe and favorite for most of indian people as a snack, tastes best with tea. Thanks for sharing.

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By Apeksha on Dec 31, 2012

Hi DK, I visit ur site many times, tried few recipes too & they turned out very well... Well i used boiled potatoes, instead of raw... I think boiled potatoes gives much better taste... what do u think???

By Darshita lakkad on Nov 30, 2012

Delicious dish.... our tea time snack.

By Darshita lakkad on Nov 30, 2012

delicious dish... our best tea time snacks.

By Nat on Nov 8, 2012

I just got done making it..It's delish! Thank you so much :)

By sandeep on May 29, 2012

You mentioned as North India dish!!!! Being in North India for a long time, I dint find this dish anywhere. Ths one's a Maharastrian/Konkan Dish

I mention that this is a Maharashtrian Dish. The connotation to the Northern parts of India is made as a side reference for something else. Reading the introduction once again will be more explanatory --DK

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By Linda on Dec 28, 2011

Hello, again. Can't wait to try this! Also saw a cabbage recipe """""!!! All the fragrances and aromas from Earth's bounty. Why Europeans were so in amoured of Indian spices awa others. THANK YOU.

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By Sagar on Dec 3, 2011

Thanks for the recipe. I refer your site while looking to cook anything special.

By Padhu on Dec 3, 2011

This is our family's favorite breakfast.Looks yummy

By Ashwini Sardeshpande on Dec 1, 2011

This looks very typically Maharashtrian, very yummy! All new Maharashtrian brides must know how to make this simple dish :-)

By Hema on Nov 30, 2011

Nice recipe. :)

By Madhuram on Nov 29, 2011

Hi Dhivi, how are you? How is the little one doing? Has he started cooking yet? It's about time now! :-D. I guess mine is going to be a very good food taster and critic! Laziness la Appavaiyum, annanaiyum minjidum pola! This one is our family favorite. Like kudumba paattu, this is our kudumba upma/tiffin. Adhu foodbuzz kudutha spatula dhaane? Enakkum adhukkum raasiye illa Dhivi. Whenever I use that spatula for baking or whenever I wear the apron they sent, andha item nalla sodhappum. Apparam decide panitten, namakku indha apron ellam too much nu. Naattamai madhiri oru thunda thol la potta dhaan enakku work out aagudhu. Konjamavadhu high classa bandhava irukkalam nu paartha nadakudha?

Adhu sonniye noothula oru vartha! Nanum indha gourmet fourmetnnu edhavadhu bandha panna, padu sodhapul dhaan! Nanum locals nnu prove panniyatchu :) But all said and done..andha spatula regulara use pannaren! 4 yrs+ atchu..innum nalla use aaradhu. As for the little one..Cooking'a? Sigh! Andha kudupanai yellam illapa :( They both are completely satisfied being the critics and not coming within 2 inches to the Kitchen area! But after 2 years of begging and pleading, God has finally blessed me! The husband now makes decent tea! Porum da saamy nni I am content :) :)

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By Priya on Nov 29, 2011

Wat a wonderful bowl of irresistible and my fav batata poha.

By Kavita on Nov 29, 2011

:wink: Hey Lovely site and great presentation....luved them...i make this Poha regularly my all time Fav dish :) Do visit my blog if u find time...:) Happy cooking...

By Nishi on Nov 29, 2011

The batata poha looks delicious. Very well presented :)

By nazeen on Nov 28, 2011

OMG! I want to eat this now :(

By kiran singh on Nov 28, 2011

i love poha & its look so good :-P

By Poornima on Nov 28, 2011

For the same reason Im so happy to have grown up in Mumbai, its wonderful to have tasted so many wonderful flavors right from the beginning. This used to be a regular dish in the weekend at our home, breakfast or evening snack. Looks so good!