kanda poha or onion poha recipe, how to make kanda poha | kanda pohe

by dassana amit updated January 14, 2014

kanda poha, onion poha

kanda poha or onion poha is a popular maharashtrian breakfast recipe. i have grown up having poha as breakfast apart from idlidosa 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.

red poha

red poha or red flattened rice

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. few poha recipes posted on the blog are poha dosapoha chivdakanda batata poha and batata/potato poha.

kanda poha or onion poha recipe

if you are looking for more maharashtrian recipes then do check misal pav, ukadiche modak, kothimbir vadi, shankarpali recipe and puran poli.

onion poha or kanda poha recipe below:

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kanda poha or onion poha – popular maharashtrian breakfast recipe made from red or white poha.
Recipe type: breakfast, snacks
Cuisine: maharashtrian
Serves: 2-3
  • 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
  1. rinse the poha in water till they soften.
  2. they should loose their crunchiness and when you break them between your finger, they should easily get crushed or mashed.
  3. now add sugar, salt and turmeric powder to the poha and gently mix.
  4. dry roast the peanuts in a pan till they become crunchy.
  5. heat oil in the same pan.
  6. crackle the mustard seeds first.
  7. then add onions and saute them till they become translucent.
  8. add curry leaves and green chilies.
  9. saute for half a minute.
  10. add the roasted peanuts and stir.
  11. add the poha and stir.
  12. cover and steam the poha for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
  13. when cooking check after 1 or 1.5 minutes and give a stir again.
  14. switch off the fire and let the poha remain covered for 1-2 minutes.
  15. remove the lid and sprinkle some lemon juice, coriander leaves and grated coconut.
  16. give a gentle stir and serve kanda poha or onion poha hot with tea.

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Pardeep April 17, 2014 1

Mam can I make it without curry leaves


dassana amit April 17, 2014 2

without curry leaves an important flavor will be missing. but still you can make the poha.


Reshma April 12, 2014 3

Excellent recipe husband was impressed.thnk u.


dassana amit April 13, 2014 4

welcome reshma


Rayhan January 13, 2014 5

Yum yum….very tasty chira dish.


reena January 9, 2014 6

Easy n tym saving dish


sakshi December 17, 2013 7

Wow this recipe was amazing.yummy


dassana amit December 17, 2013 8

thanks sakshi


Simi August 27, 2013 9

This is THE most goodlookin poha I have ever seen!


renu August 26, 2013 10

this is aregular breakfast option these days for me.. though i make the maharashtrain style poha in white poha.. with brown i make it in south indian style wher ei add coconut… i have clicked pics yet to write the post properly..:)

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 23, 2013 12

I love this dish and it’s one of the few Indian dishes I’m getting pretty good at. I call it “the meal I make when there’s nothing in the house to cook.” :)


Sayantani August 22, 2013 13

am a fan of your beautiful clicks and such restrained use of natural light. the poha looks perfect with each grain separate.