The Maharashtrian Poha is a very famous snack!  It can be made in different styles… with different masalas.

** Poha **

Cooking time: 15 mins

Preparation time: 20-25 mins


Poha (flattened rice) – 3 cups (240 ml = 1 cup; US measurement)

Potato – 1 (diced)

Onion – 1 (diced)

Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped)

Coriander – Handful (finely chopped)

For seasoning: 

Oil – 2 tablespoons

Mustard seeds – 1 1/2 tablespoons

Cumin (Jeera) – 1 table spoons

Chana dal (dried lentils) – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric – 1/2 tablespoon

Masala for poha: 

Sesame seeds – 5 tablespoons

Red Chillis – 3-4

  • Dry fry the sesame seeds and red chillies in a pan. Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Blend them into a fine powder.


1) Wash the poha and strain out the water. Boil the diced potatoes in water for 5 mins until they soften.

2) Heat the skillet with oil and add the seasoning (mustard seeds, cumin, chana dal)  and let them pop.  Add 1/2 table spoon of turmeric, onions, and potatoes. Close the skillet with a lid and let it cook for 5 mins.

3) Now add the masala (sesame seeds and red chilli powder) to the onion, potato in the pan and mix thoroughly.

4) Add poha to this mixture, close the lid and let it cook for 10 mins.

5) Garnish poha with coriander and green chillies.

Poha is ready to eat!


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