Kanda Batata Poha Recipe| Easy Rice Flakes Recipe


“Kanda batata poha recipe – A healthy, lite and easy flattened rice flake recipe”

If you ever happen to wake up in the busy lives of Mumbai for breakfast, Kanda Batata Poha is one dish you cannot miss. Even though there are other convenient breakfast items in Mumbai, like Vada Pav (Fried potato patty placed in between bread rolls/ buns) or Misal Pav ( Bread rolls served along with spicy curry made of moth beans, topped with onions and mix of fried chickpea sticks) , I personally prefer having Kanda Poha for breakfast. 

So, what exactly is Kanda poha? 

Kanda is the Marathi word for onions, where as Poha is the name given to uncooked flattened rice flakes. It is almost as thin as oats or corn flakes. 

The best part of this dish is that, it takes very less time to make and therefore fits very well into your busy breakfast schedule. It uses less oil, less spices and has a lot of health benefits. Let me share with you this famous maharashtrian dish. 


• The rice flakes can be white or brown in color. For this recipe, I have used white ones. 

• I have used onions and potatoes to make this recipe. You can skip potatoes if you like. 

Poha Recipe Ingredients List

For Tempering

• Oil – 2-3 tbsp

• Mustard Seeds – 1 tbsp 

• Cumin Seeds – 1 tbsp 

• Dry Red Chilly – 1 

• Curry Leaves – 5-6 

• Asafetida – ½ tbsp 

• Chana Dal – ½ tbsp

• Cashew nuts – 6-7

• Ground nuts – 6-7 

For Frying

• Green Chilies – 2-3

• Onion – 1 

• Potatoes – 2 medium/ 1 big 

• Salt – 1 tbsp 

Poha recipe  - Preparation Steps 

1. Dice 1 big onion, 2 medium potatoes/ 1 big potato, 2-3 green chilies and few roasted cashews and groundnuts.


2. In a pan, heat 3-4 tbsp of oil. As the oil gets heated add in 1 tbsp of mustard seeds and 1 tbsp of cumin seeds.


3. As the mustard seeds crackle, add in 1 dry red chilly, ½ tbsp of chana dal, diced green chilies, 5-6 curry leaves and the roasted cashews and nuts.

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4. As the tempering mix turns golden brown, add in the diced onions. Add ¼ tbsp of salt to it.


5. When the onions start losing their moisture, add in the diced potatoes into it and mix it well. Sprinkle water with your hands onto the mix and close the lid of the pan.



Dice the potatoes to really small pieces, so that it gets fried better and cooks faster. 

You can also add the potatoes before, the onions, as potatoes take a little more time than onions to get fried. 

6. Open the lid of the pan, and add in ½ tbsp of turmeric powder and ½ tbsp of salt and stir it well.


7. In the mean time, take about 2-3 cups of flattened rice flakes and rinse it in water and keep it aside.

8. Check if the potatoes have softened up by pressing it with a spatula. Once it has softened up, squeeze in 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice into it.

9. Add the poha in small batches and mix it well. Once the mix has been evenly coated switch off the flame. Sprinkle 1/4 tbsp of sugar if you like.


10. Garnish the poha with diced coriander leaves. Enjoy this kanda poha recipe with Mumbai special cutting chai. (Tea served in a small glass). 


You may love these facts

Here are some facts that will benefit you with regard to poha recipe. 

Calorie Count: 1 katori/150gms of vegetable poha  has a calorie count of 244Kcal. 

Good for Diabetics: Promotes slow release of sugar into the blood and also keeps you full for a long time. 

Low on Gluten: Safe for those who have allergies related to gluten

Good source of Iron and Carbs: Better replacement for biscuits or junk evening snacks you have. 

Easy to make: Add in vegetables, poha goes with all combinations of vegetables. 

Here is an article that explains in detail, the top 5 health benefits of poha. 

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