kanda poha or onion poha is a popular maharashtrian breakfast recipe. i have grown up having poha as breakfast apart from idli, dosa and upma. my mom used to make poha often for breakfast or for brunch. either it used to be made with onions or potato or both with onions and potato.
poha is the maharashtrian word for flattened or beaten rice and kanda means onions. hence the term kanda poha or kanda pohe (pohe being plural of poha).
this is a light breakfast which is easy and quick to prepare. nowadays, i prefer to use red poha instead of white poha for health benefits. although red rice or brown rice still has to appear on the dining table.
this recipe is made in red poha or red flattened rice. you can make this recipe with white poha also.
when making poha after rinsing them well, press a grain and if it gets crushed/mashed easily then it is be soft enough to be cooked or otherwise if it is dry and does not get mashed easily then sprinkle little water over it and mix well. i usually rinse the poha in a strainer or colander under running water and don’t soak them in water. rinsing the poha grains softens them easily.
you can also add boiled peas or grated carrot when making this onion poha recipe. i have also added grated coconut in the poha but this is optional.
i make a lot of recipes with poha for breakfast or evening snacks but i never get time to take pictures. two poha recipes which i have posted fortunately posted on the blog are poha dosa and batata/potato poha.
onion poha or kanda poha recipe below:
- 1.5 cups poha – red or white beaten rice or flattened rice
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 or 2.5 tbsp peanuts
- 10-12 curry leaves
- 1 green chilli,chopped
- 1 tsp sugar or as required
- 1 or 1.5 tbsp oil
- salt as required
- rinse the poha in water till they soften.
- they should loose their crunchiness and when you break them between your finger, they should easily get crushed or mashed.
- now add sugar, salt and turmeric powder to the poha and gently mix.
- dry roast the peanuts in a pan till they become crunchy.
- heat oil in the same pan.
- crackle the mustard seeds first.
- then add onions and saute them till they become translucent.
- add curry leaves and green chilies.
- saute for half a minute.
- add the roasted peanuts and stir.
- add the poha and stir.
- cover and steam the poha for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
- when cooking check after 1 or 1.5 minutes and give a stir again.
- switch off the fire and let the poha remain covered for 1-2 minutes.
- remove the lid and sprinkle some lemon juice, coriander leaves and grated coconut.
- give a gentle stir and serve kanda poha or onion poha hot with tea.