Maharashtrian Kanda Poha Recipe

Spiced poha with onions, green chillies and roasted peanuts

Monica Deshpande
Maharashtrian Kanda Poha Recipe
744 ratings.

Maharashtrian Kanda Poha/Pohe is a very popular Maharashtrian breakfast or teatime snack. It is made from flattened/ beaten rice and tossed in caramelized onions, green chillies and peanuts. If you prefer to eat a light meal first thing in the morning, this super quick dish is just right for you. You can always spice it up or down depending on your taste. Serve Maharashtrian Kanda Poha Recipe with Samosa Recipe and Ginger Cardamom Chai.

If you like this recipe, you might also like other recipes from beaten rice/poha, like

  1. Aloo Poha (Batata Poha) Recipe
  2. Khara Avalakki Recipe
  3. Matar Poha Recipe

Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

30 M


3 Servings


  • 300 grams Poha (Flattened rice)
  • 1 Onion , chopped finely
  • 1 Green Chillies , split in half
  • 6 Curry leaves , (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 2 tablespoons Cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Roasted Peanuts (Moongphali)
  • Salt , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped fine, for the garnish
  • 1 Lemon , juiced

How to make Maharashtrian Kanda Poha Recipe

  1. To begin making the Maharashtrian Kanda Poha Recipe, heat the oil in a large shallow pan. When the oil is hot, throw in the cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the chilli, peanuts and the curry leaves.

  2. Add the onions and cook till light pink or brown on a medium flame.

  3. In the meanwhile, wash the pohe and leave them to drain in a sieve. (The trick is to ensure they are still damp but not dripping when they are added into the pan)

  4. Once the onions are cooked, add in the pohe, season with salt, add the sugar, chopped coriander leaves and juice from one lemon. Stir all the ingredients well, turn the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. After about 3 to 4 minutes, turn off the heat and serve the Maharashtrian Kanda Poha for breakfast or as a tea time snack, along with Samosa Recipe and Ginger Cardamom Chai.

  1. If you prefer a spicier version, add 2 small chillies at stage 1.

  2. If you prefer the regular yellow pohe (also known as Kaande Pohe), add 1 teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon red chilli powder during stage 2.

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Last Modified On Monday, 10 April 2017 09:01
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