Aloo Poha (Flattened Rice With Potatoes)

Poha may sound exotic, but once you know what it is – it’s pretty simple to make. It’s a popular Maharashtrian recipe made from flattened rice with onions or potatoes (I’ve used both in my recipe). Whether you make this for breakfast, as a main dish or as a snack- it’s quick, filling, and tasty!


  • 2 cups Poha (flattened rice)
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies (broken)
  • 2 Green chillies (slit lengthwise)
  • 1 Onion medium sized (chopped finely)
  • 1 large Potatoe (pressure cooked & cut  into cubes)
  • Handful of Cashew nuts (unsalted)
  • 1 spring  Curry leaves
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil/ Sunflower Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander to garnish


  1. Put the poha in a sieve and wash under running water for 2 minutes. Keep aside to drain.
  2. Heat oil in a pan on a medium flame and add the mustard seeds, fry till the spluttering stops and then add the curry leaves, green chillies and chopped onion. Fry till it’s soft and translucent.
  3. Add the cashew nuts and potatoes and cook for 3 minutes stirring continuously.
  4. Drain the poha completely to remove all water and add it to the above mix. Add the turmeric powder and stir well to blend all ingredients.
  5. Cook for another minute. Turn off the fire.
  6. Pour lime juice over the poha mixture and toss well.

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve while hot.

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