Thursday, December 7, 2017

Poha or Powa - A Gluten free Vegan Breakfast dish

Poha is a popular dish in western India and is made from flattened rice. It is a super quick dish and useful for kids tiffin. It is considered nutritious without adding much calorie. Since Poha/ flattened Rice Flakes are gluten free, it can be consumed by those allergic to wheat products. You get iron, vitamin B, carbohydrates and proteins from this mix. You get carbs from poha and vegetables, a little bit of protein from peas and plenty of minerals and vitamins. I consider this as an ideal recipe for our super busy super moms who are concerned about the health of their little ones as well as that of every member of the family.

Preparation Time: - 15 min

Cooking Time: - 15~20 min

Servings: - 3~4 persons


  1. 2 cup White Flatten rice (Indian rice flakes)
  2. 1 Large potato cut in small cubes
  3. 1 large onion chopped
  4. 1 green chili chopped ( You can use more no. according to your taste)
  5. ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  6. ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  7. Pinch of Turmeric Powder
  8. Pinch of asafetida (Hing)
  9. Handful of peanuts
  10. 2 tsp Sugar
  11. 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  12. ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  13. 10~12 curry leaves
  14. 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil ( I used Sunflower oil but you can use any vegetable oil )
  15. Salt to taste


  1. Wash the flatten rice under water and then drain the water in strainer.
  2. Sprinkle salt onto it, Mix well and keep aside
  3. Cut the potato in cubes, chop the onion and keep aside.
  4. In a kadai or frying pan, heat 2 tbsp oil in high heat. Turn the burner in medium and fry the peanuts. Peel them and keep aside.
  5. Now add the potato cubes and a pinch of turmeric powder. Shallow fry the potato until they turn into golden brown. Drain the oil in tissue paper and keep aside.
  6. Add the rest of oil and heat it again.
  7. Now put mustard seeds into it.
  8. When it spluttered add cumin seeds, curry leaves, pinch of asafetida and chopped green chili.
  9. Sauté for a minute and when they crackle add sugar.
  10. When the sugar caramelizes add chopped onion. Continue cooking until the onion pieces turn translucent.
  11. Now add the poha / chire /flatten rice and mix together.
  12. Adjust the salt level according to taste and then add the potato cubes. Optionally you can add little bit of turmeric powder. Please note that if the potatoes are not cut into small cubes you need to add potatoes first and then add poha.
  13. Mix everything and add the peanuts.
  14. Now stir and put the cover.
  15. Continue cooking till the potatoes become tender. Occasionally you have to stir so that the mixture does not get sticky. It should take about 5 minutes.
  16. Add coriander leaves and switch off the burner.
  17. Sprinkle the lemon juice and mix again.
Put the lid again and keep it for a minute to preserve the moisture. Your dish is ready to serve.

Serve hot and consume as breakfast or snacks in evening. This item goes well with a cup of hot tea /coffee.

As always please feel free to comment, criticize and seek if any help is required. I am all ears.